There are men who place the HIGHEST value on the products which issue from the human mind.
There are men who place a HIGH value on human reason, human logic and human observation.
These hold that human reason and observation must form the foundation of man’s philosophies and knowledge.
That Biblical revelations and declarations are of NO value, as far as determining the important points of life.
BUT, those who place such a high value on man’s reasoning have a number of problems with which to contend.
Never mind that reason, observation and logic are all based on information which can be CONTROLLED by other men.
So, it is quite possible that many who consider themselves as “free thinkers” are manipulated and controlled by others.
IF a man never is exposed to anything from God, then that man is quite likely to mistakenly craft his beliefs based on his LIMITED exposure to Godly proofs.
Though a human’s mind might be thought of as “powerful” IF compared to the lower animals or other humans, the human mind has a difficult time understanding a great number of things.
Which is one of the reasons why man–who has a beginning and end–has such a hard time explaining a God who has NEITHER.
Which is why man–who struggles through a life decidedly NOT holy–has such trouble discussing a HOLY God.
Among those who had a quite high opinion of man’s mind was the French philosopher and writer, François-Marie Arouet, who went by his better-known name of Voltaire.
“The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
“The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.”
It was while scanning a collection of quotes by Voltaire that it became apparent that the evidence of unbelievers lacks the proof of the believer.
When a man examines something with his natural senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) he limits the amount and type of information he might uncover.
Such a man, using such sensory inputs, often uncovers nothing more than nonsense–especially if that man is examining certain types of information.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
A believer will NOT limit his informational inputs. The believer will then take advantage of ALL information gained.
This is the proof of the believer.
By limiting his information to all which may be discerned NATURALLY (by sensory inputs), a man LIMITS what can be known spiritually.
So, those who place the highest value on the human mind, LIMIT what information that mind might receive.
Such men THEN make their judgments based on the LIMITATIONS they imposed upon their own mental resources.
It is such men who label those who receive ALL information as “primitive” or “primitive thinkers.”
The natural man limits his sources of information to those he has access to.
He then makes do with what he has, all the while gushing, “Ain’t I the most wonderful thing?”
DOES the reader believe that sensory inputs are the highest spot on the totem pole one can go for information?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 6, 2022.]
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