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The Western World Chose Skepticism over the Scripture Print E-mail
Written by Oshea Davis   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Some foolishly thought with more information the internet brought that more wisdom and understanding would come, but the opposite effect has occurred.  We are more skeptical than ever in the Western world.   Students graduating from schools are less knowledgeable about the ultimate questions of life than ever, even basics such as mathematics, writing and logic.

     I have already dealt some with how all agnosticism and skepticism, no matter what form or degree eventually denies the law-of-noncontradiction, but before we move on I would like to address an issue. You need to be educated on this, for the increase of skepticism will find you; it will find your families, and church members and will increase more and more.  Better to deal with the issue now.

     There are two reasons why I will focus on this issue of skepticism.

     Frist. When all worldviews /philosophies /religions are boiled down they all conclude with skepticism and its cousin agnosticism.  Gordon Clark had done a thorough job at showing this.[1]  Also, the Bible tells us that all other systems of thinking do not have an apologetic (i.e. a rational defense) for rejecting God’s revelation and adopting their system.  That is, their systems conclude in nonsense. And the major theme of this nonsense for all anti-Christian thinking is skepticism.  We know this Biblically because they are rejecting the God who is the Logos and the law of noncontradiction itself.  So, it is no surprise they have no rational defense for rejecting God’s way of thinking when it is the motion of logic itself.


     Christians are at a constant battle to reject anti-Christian thinking and strive to keep their faith pure in the living word of God. The Bible tells us of this battle and tells us to fight in it daily. The question is, what does this battle means for skepticism?

     Because skepticism and the denying of the law of noncontradiction is a conclusion for every unbiblical worldview then it means this will be a constant and major battle in the realm of Christian faith in every generation and age.  It also means in the realm of logic, because every unbiblical worldview is illogical, then Christians will face the push (whether direct or subtle) to adopt this type of stupidity. Likewise, Christians will face the push (whether direct or subtle) to adopt skepticism. 

     This is something that especially affects the epistemology level. In fact, when St. Thomas made his Christian philosophy a hybrid of Scripture plus pagan empiricism, it became the number 1 contributing factor for the defeat of Christianity in the Western hemisphere.  The last 500 years with the fall and rise of Christianity surrounds this issue of the battle of epistemology. Again, empiricism leads to skepticism.  And so, Thomas’ combination of Scripture plus empiricism, has shown how this long battle of epistemologies ended: with the West choosing empiricism and skepticism over the Scripture. The Reformation[2] which said Scripture alone is our epistemology, did subdued and help to slow this onslaught for a few hundred years, but in the end the West chose skepticism over the Scripture. Beyond the fact of empiricisms pragmatic attractiveness, the reason this battle was a losing one, is over the fact the whole world with all its worldviews lead to skepticism.  Thus, when St. Thomas made Christianity a hybrid of skepticism and Scripture, the tidal wave and pull from the rest of the entire world drowned in skepticism moved the West into the position the rest of the world is comfortably resting in, skepticism.  Once Christianity is married to the pagan wife of empiricism/skepticism then it’s an easy war for the wife to win the husband over to skepticism, because the whole world is in love with it. The Scripture is the only thinking that is not.  

    This can be seen today, when Worldmag.com published an article, “Scientists Stunned by the Public’s Doubt of Darwin.”  One learns that a recent poll taken indicates a majority of people in America are skeptical about the big Bang, global warming, the earth’s age, and evolution. However, is the Scientist's amazement justified?  Where did all this skepticism come from?

     The accumulation of this starts to be seen in 1945 in a report from Harvard Committee. Gordon comments on it.

The document admits that a stable society requires a common philosophy, the lack of which produces social disintegration and war.  It then complains that after the common curriculum with its central theistic philosophy was discarded and replaced by an emphasis on vocationalism, the schools failed to provide their students and their subject matter with any unifying principle.  Aside from the wider social and political effects, the immediate education results as been confusion (i.e. skepticsm). [3]

The Harvard Report says,

Namely; the conviction that the Christianity gives meaning and ultimate unity to all parts of the curriculum… Yet, this solution is out of the question in publicly supported colleges. Religion is not for most colleges a practicable sources of intellectual unity.[4]

     And so, science with its worldview of humanism/empiricism used the American school system to push the Christian worldview out.  However, although not stunning to this author, is that this push has come full circle and backfired.   It is now pushing the public to reject science and empiricism.  Secularism, humanism and empiricism have a fundamental flaw with their first principle of knowledge; they all reset on empiricism, or that is, that knowledge comes by the senses and observation. This however does NOT yield a unifying principle for all subjects and connects them logically and validly within a worldview or system-of-thinking about the world.  Empiricism by its own principle for acquiring knowledge has nothing to say about anything; however, it especially has nothing to say about logic and mathematics and ethics. 

The Big Idea is this; the powers at be, even in Harvard knew their worldview did not unify the subjects and ultimate questions of life together. They were even aware this was a problem when back in 1945.  They simply had wishful thinking, that somehow they would find a way to unite these under empiricism.  The Western world with its skepticism had grown comfortable under the reign of Christianity and its unifying of all subjects in a logical system and in a first principle that actually contains them and is a logically self-authenticating first principle. After finally picking empiricism over the Scripture they somehow want to retain a unifying philosophy and find a way to be skeptical enough so as to justify their sins.  Yet, we will not allow them this pleasure. Yet, even if we allow them, their own thinking is self-refuting; they defeat themselves

     Take mathematics. It is a non-observable concept built on the non-observable concept of logic.  Math is a huge part of the school system; yet, empiricism cannot unify this major subject under its banner, for by its own nature it cannot.

     Also, Mathematics is inherently a Christian science. Math is a concept not an actual thing in physical existences. Math is the concept of one unit build upon the laws of contradiction, identity and exclusion. A concept cannot be observed; rather, upon having the concept of a unit one may then recognize a unit in a picture. One must have understanding—logics (etc.) before one, well, understands. But empiricism by nature of it being about what the senses intake from a material world and being inductive, cannot produce laws of logic mathematics and concepts of understanding; rather, empiricism presupposes these.

Science affirms the formal fallacy of the consequent and the fallacy of induction. It needs to find both a numerator and denominator; however, to establish a denominator one must have God like qualities, such as being Omi-knowing.  In other words, any worldview or system-of-thinking that has this as their first principle of knowledge or only a part of it as their first principle, not only removes their way-of-thinking from having grounds for any knowledge—which leads to skepticism—but it also cannot by definition yield a unifying principle to unite the many subjects found in this world we live in: this also leads to skepticism.  When such important subjects as logic and math cannot be unified under a so-called philosophy it breads, whether subtly or directly, skepticism.  This is the current state of the Western World that has replaced the Scripture with Skepticism.  Their way of thinking if it is true, then it is also false.

 

     For another example of skepticism found in history consider this example; the famed 1561 Belgic confession, which most of it I love and find it adheres to Scripture well; however, as your read this quote from the section on Providence see if you cannot sniff out the skepticism.

We do not wish to inquire with undue curiosity into what God does that surpasses human understanding and is beyond our ability to comprehend. But in all humility and reverence we adore the just judgments of God, which are hidden from us, being content to be Christ’s disciples, so as to learn only what God shows us in the Word, without going beyond those limits.

      The last line of the section tells us they are grounding this section from Deuteronomy 29:29.  This is a good thing. It tells us that the revealed things of God are for us, but the secret things are for Him.  The meaning is obvious and simple.  But if you look, the section does not speak about this doctrine; rather, it regurgitates skepticism in the form of “human understanding”[5] and “beyond our ability to comprehend.” Does the understanding that things are beyond our comprehension include this statement? How do they know? How does one know if something is beyond their understanding? Maybe they are just lazy? Did they get enough information about it to find out if it is beyond them; but if that is the cause then do they then not understand it? If they do not understand it, then how can one know if they truly can or cannot comprehend it? 

     Deuteronomy 29:29 does not speak of limited understanding for the saints at all!  Do not miss that.  In fact, when the Bible actually does address the comprehension power of the saints it tells us the very opposite that this confession says! Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:18-19 is that this love of God which passes our knowledge that the saints will “comprehend” it! The secret things of God are a mystery because God has not revealed them, so of course they are a secret.  Yet, what God has revealed is for us. And the Scripture tells us God not only revealed awesome things, but He Himself is our teacher, and that He also gives us the “mind of Christ” and through His Spirit gives us the power to comprehend things that were before beyond us; that is, our comprehension is no longer just ours, it is the comprehension of the God we have been recreated after and grafted into: the Christ.

     Paul says regarding the mystery of God’s high thoughts that, now “God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”[6]  God’s mountainous thoughts have been so clearly and powerful revealed in Christ, through the Spirit that we are actually encouraged to pray that we might understand God’s deep thoughts: “may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.”  Paul prays that this knowledge of God’s love in Christ, which passages our knowledge, would be divinely granted to the saints to actually “comprehend” it.

     For the saint who is regenerated in the Spirit and seeks God, the Scripture has only encouragement to seek and find as much as one can because they now have the ability to understand how things really are through God’s Word.  The emphasis of Scripture for the saints is how much their sinful minds have been transformed into the image of the Christ and to thus seek to know him without restraints through His Word. Yet, church leaders who are affected by skepticism seem to remind their audience of the opposite that the Scripture does; they remind us how small our minds are, and how pathetic our comprehension is. This is not Scripture, but the world speaking through them.

     The Scripture is so obvious, yet, even when they try to teach from it they cannot.  They do not even have the ability to take one simple verse on this subject without categorizing it in a manner that is foreign to the verse and the entire Scripture.  This is how strong skepticism is, in that even the Church leaders are at times severely influenced by it.

     Sometimes it is nothing more than a person who is innocently influenced by skepticism and ignorant.  Then there are those who are outright flaunting false humility. That is, repentance is not authentic if a spouse says, “I am sorry, but everyone is as dumb as I am.” This is a false humility, and repentance.  So-called Christian teachers will do the same. They will not be able to understand a particular doctrine and then say this doctrine is a mystery, when in fact it has been revealed; or they will cop-out with false humility and plague saints and believers with all having small minds; they do this to hide from their audience their small comprehension.  They fear man more than they fear the living God.  The love the praise of men, but despise the honor of God.

     The world has a type of love/hate relationship with skepticism. See, on one hand it is obviously stupid and self-defeating, and to adhere to it makes one appropriately look like a failure (The truth is that there is no truth!).  Yet, on the other hand, skepticism creates a type of philosophy vacuum that encourages sinners to make up whatever fairy-tail they wish that will affirm their sins.  For this reason they love skepticism and will protect it to the death.

     This is why in the vacuum of not having a “rational defense” (Rom.1:20) against rejecting the Logos and His revelation that Romans 1 describes the world of sinners as worshiping everything under the sun.  That is, they are making up religions and ways-of-thinking within this skeptic vacuum, but always doing so in a way that they affirm their favorite sins; and condemn the rest, or else their societies would utter fall into chaos.  They will defend this skeptic vacuum with violence.

     The word Mystery is often a code word for skepticism.  It is used to cover up the skepticism, by attempting to keep it from being exposed. This is often the case with the idea of change-to-better-oneself or the culture idea of progress.  These are cover-ups for skepticism. If one is right to begin with, then why do they need to change?  Change is admittance that one was wrong to begin with. Also, if you have a wrong first principle, how then can change help, other than being an unending story of horror; a story of always changing without any improvement?  This is the same for idea of progress. If progress is the standard, then this standard also must progress, so that progress is no longer progress.  Underneath, when one investigates they will see that if they are true, then they are false. The Bible is about God’s revelation, and so it is not about mysteries, which is used by the Bible to mean a secret.  In Deut. 29:29 the “secret things” are not referring to things too big for our brains; rather, it simply means God has not revealed it, and so it is a secret. 

     Second.  About 50 years ago, for the first time in a millennium the western church is not leading the culture with the gospel and Scripture. But Why?  How did this happen? As we have seen the West chose empiricism over the Scripture as its First Principle, and among the deserters are many so-called church leaders and intellectuals.

     For over a millennium the church's intellectuals have spoken above the culture and so lead it.  One of the leading, if not he leading reason, concerns epistemology and skepticism. That is, despite the mixing of the Scripture and empiricism the Scripture still was held, by the church, in a higher place than empiricism.  Now, the western church at large holds empiricism in a higher authority.  Today so much of our church's intellectuals have been so infected with their present culture that when they stand up to speak they are proclaiming skepticism and empiricism; however, this is what the whole world is also saying!  And so, the church is not saying anything more than what the entire world is. This leads to the churches’ voice being drowned out by the world, which is saying the same thing.  The church must learn to divorce her thinking from worldly logic, ideas and sentimentality, so that when she speaks she will be saying the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

      When the world looks at, for example, the devastating earthquake that took place Haiti, they will cry "mystery" "uncertainty" regarding why this evil happened. When other false religions see this horror they cry out "mystery, uncertainty.” Now, if they do have something definite to say, it will ironically be said from skepticism.  When secularist/skeptics see this they cry out "mystery, paradoxes, uncertainty.” Then when a corrupt and cultured Christianity sees this they bark up and say what skepticism says: "mystery, uncertainty." Oh, no wonder no one is paying attention to this form of false Christianity! It is saying nothing more than everyone else. What has become of us? If our voice blends in with this world, who then will hear us?[7]

 

This is from a book: The Undefeatable Worldview

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[1] A Christian View of Men and Things, &, Thales and Dewey

[2] However, even the leaders in the Reformation had lingering effects of skepticism upon then.

[3] Gordon Clark, A Christian View of Men and Things, The Trinity Foundation 2005, pg. 16. (Emphasis and slight editing by author.)

[4] General Education in a Free Society, Report of the Harvard Committee (Harvard University Press, 1945.) 39. (Emphasis and slight editing by author.)

[5] Do they mean the sinful mind?  However, saints have the mind of Christ, God the Father as their teacher, and the Spirit to cause them to comprehend spiritual things.

[6] 1 Corinthians 2:10

[7] The Bible does not cry mystery here, but Judgment for sin, compassion and good for saints, that just as God is sovereign in causing evil He is also sovereign in causing all good to those who would but love and believe in His Son. In times like this the Bible cries out that God does not let any sin go unpunished, therefore, run to the cross of Jesus Christ where mercies are free, and grace is your companion forever. The Bible, in times like this, says it's time for repentance so that Christ is gloried and you are satisfied in Him, who is our glory! In times like this the Bible says fear God and repent, love Him and worship. The Bible says it is for the reason God is causing calamity that He is serious about sin, but also because Christ died at a definite place and time that He is serious about forgiving repentant sinners! See, true Christianity or Gospel has much to say that is totally different that what the whole world is saying, so that if it was only spoken many people will listen. Doubtless many will be angry at both God's sovereignty and free grace in Jesus Christ, but likewise many will also repent, believe; and loving him in the power of the Holy Spirit will lead the culture around them so that unbelievers will see and glorify your Father in Heaven!

 
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