Your World View Matters!

Others tell you – – – that you have options. It doesn’t really matter. Pick and choose.

But there are really only two options!

One is right.
The others are wrong.

Your Creator has said which to obey.
Your Creator,

  • who is eternal
  • who is almighty
  • who is all knowing
  • who is “the way, the truth, and the life.”
  • who by His very nature and character is the definition of truth and right,

Your Creator who made the world and made you,
gave all of us instructions to follow.
Now he holds all of us accountable to obey them.

The Creator’s world view is the only world view, because He is the Creator. He determined all.

At the time of accountability,
keep in mind,
being He is the omnipresent, omniscient God,
Our Creator keeps accounts, remembers, holds accountable…
He will either reward or He will extend eternal judgment (meaning punishment). Because of who He is, we shall, for a certainty, face Him.

Are you prepared? It is only logical. You need to be.

Is your world view correct?

Have you met your obligation?

For more…see     http://www.campuspastor.com or http://www.noloser.com
Steve Haasch, Campus Pastor / Chaplain

Is it God’s word or your belief which makes it true?

There is a common saying which states:

God said it,
I believe it,
and that settles it.

This is out and out heresy!

If God said it,
That settles it,
Therefore, I believe it!

If God says something, it is absolutely authoritative. There can be no question as to its veracity.

Deuteronomy 32:4  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

To say that you must believe it before it can be judged truth or imply that belief in what God says has anything to do with the faithfulness or truth of God before the matter of its veracity is to be settled violates the revealed character of God. It makes man a god or the god.  It places man into the position of judging the truthfulness of the Creator. It is the Creator who is the author of truth, the standards of testing for truth. We are His creatures made in His image. All reality emanates from Him. Not He from us. He it is who is God.

Man is so completely vain to think otherwise. It is like a jello salad saying to the cook, I made you, oh cook, and should be the one to tell you, the cook, how to cook.

Some times the thoughts of man can be utterly preposterous.

Why should the truth set one to falling?

Why should the truth set one to falling? Because truth is defined in eternity to be Jesus, the Creator God. Those who appose Him also appose all that is right, just, verity, and knowledge itself. All this came from Him.

Notice in the verses below, the nature and character of our God. Verse 4 defines his nature. Notice he is both truth and a rock. When one denies truth, their obstacle is the rock. And people wonder why truth should set one falling?

Deu 32:1  Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Deu 32:3  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
Deu 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Deu 32:5  They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Here is definition of the ways of God, perfection (the flawlessness of the LORD). He is again identified as a rock. In Psalm 18:46 below, the term rock is tied to salvation. The rock can then be that over which one falls or that which is a protection.

2Sa 22:31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
2Sa 22:32  For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

And David, later king of Israel said, “Psa 18:46  The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Below is the commentary that people try to enter into the salvation by the “works of the law”. But the Scriptures say one must come by faith. Righteousness is attained by receiving the righteousness extended by the Savior, Jesus Christ. One must go to him – seeking, asking. Jesus extends to the earnest soul that payment of debt for sin which he cannot earn or pay off out of his own strength.

Rom 9:29  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
Rom 9:30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Rom 9:31  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Rom 9:32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;
Rom 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

So the stone which may be the instrument of the fall of some, is also the stone by which one may find solace. He is the one who will either be turned to or he will be the one over whom one will stumble and find their shame and hurt. The end result for the unbelieving, the disobedient is below in Isa 8:15.

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Isa 8:13  Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Isa 8:14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isa 8:15  And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

Science built on the logical fallacy of induction

(The following comment was made to the article referenced above. It brings up common but frequently relevant objections. In the following reply, I addressed submitted question, as the article does,  “Science not rational?” Perhaps in later commentaries I will address the questioning of God being vengeful, jealous, and regretful as being in conflict with God being love incarnate.)

Science not rational? if we want to bring logic into it, we should note that god is well known to be Vengeful, Jealous (Deut 5v9), and Regretful (Gen 6v6) yet above all things Love incarnate.

Reply to the objection:

This article is interesting because many today are implying that truth is only attained by the rational thinking of man and such thinking is independent of authority. This article says that “science has no logical rational basis.” Please do not think that it says that scientists make no attempt to be logical. It also does not say that they are utterly irrational. It is speaking about the basis of their presumptions.

While the naturalist would imply that he has no absolute truth, he does imply that the adherent to God is absolutely wrong. They imply that whatever truth which may be known is only available by the scientific method, that is the material touchable things perceived by the five senses. But such arguments cannot deal with questions of why, nor deal with even the issues of defining and practicing logic and reasoning.

The article seems to claim that logic can only come from God, an eternal, unchanging God. Logic itself cannot be the result of random chance. Logic and randomness are contradictory in nature. One is specific. The other can never be locked into predictability. Logic is that which emanates out of the very nature and character of God. We are talking about the never changing God. God created man to have a nature to understand and interact with logic and therefore man can be logical.

This article also indicates that Christians have a basis for belief because they have history on their side. They have the declarations, which are recorded, which are preserved, and which are authoritative and logical. The Bible is the prime text of history. Their history and their foundation of logic is based upon the whole of the 66 books of the Bible and upon the revealed character and nature of God, which is impeccably consistent. Many who try to argue against this normally take things out of the context of the whole.

Be sure to keep in mind that a primary claim of this article is that there are presumptions on both sides of the issue. Both presumptions are based in faith. It said, “‘All knowledge is built on ultimate assumptions which cannot be proven directly, but have to be accepted on the basis of faith.’ Thus it is not as we have been programmed to believe, Faith Vs Reason – but rather Faith Vs Faith.”

This article was presented to cause some critical thinking.

You Cannot Have It Both Ways!

We live in a world which wants the gentleness of Christian character. We want love. We want kindness, we want joy. We want purpose. We want peace. We want exercise of patience. We want justice.

We want all the benefits of Christian character and conduct. But we do not want Christ. We want it without being confronted with Christianity and the Bible in the school place, in the work place, and in the government place. “And surely don’t bring it into my home!” so it is said.

You can take a sponge and doctor it up with strawberries and whipped cream. Oh yes, the sponge is even yellow and looks like a yellow sponge cake. With all the flavoring, with all the toppings, it may look nice. It may look Christian. But without the core being real, the dessert is spoiled. Christianity without the reality of God is empty.

G. Eliot observed concerning those who try to cling to Christian morality, “They are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to Christian morality.”  It is foolishness.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche rightly states,  “When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet.”

What are issues of “Christian” or Biblical morality? Honesty, truth, justice, kindness, compassion, charity, marriage, personal responsibility, government, family, the right to life, the keeping of promises, graciousness, patience, liberty, the right to pursuit of happiness,  respect of persons, respect for diversity of ethnicity, the right to property, the foundations for truth and logic, the foundations for law itself, the ability to differentiate good and bad, to distinguish right from wrong, peace and warfare, etc.

When one departs from respect of the Creator God of the universe as described in the Bible, all of the above attributes become non issues. One has no cause to expect such rights or privileges.

What is lost when these are lost? A college can no longer argue for honesty from the student. Cheating has no restraint. The right for expectation of a valid diploma ceases.  Just scoring of quizzes, exams, projects, and papers cannot be expected. The school can change requirements for graduation with impunity. No promises should be expected. The changing of fees and failure to keep accurate records of payments can become random. Professors and instructors no longer have to teach truth or be consistent.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche further said, “Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one’s hands. Christianity presupposes that man does not know, cannot know, what is good for him, what evil: he believes in God, who alone knows it. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticism; it has truth only if God is the truth — it stands and falls with faith in God.” (Twilight of the Idols: Skirmishes Of An Untimely Man)

Once one removes God out of the equation, then all discussion of morals leaves the picture. In an amoral situation we no longer have cause for complaint whether it involves situations of murder, theft, rape, cruelty, etc. for now there is no right or wrong. Fatalism rules. Get used to it, for that is the way it is. Is this really the way you want it to be?

I suppose one might think that this is the end of the story, except God, our Creator, does exist and intervenes in the affairs of men even today.  He is a God who has properly expressed Himself both in nature and by special revelation. He blesses and judges actively. Because He is almighty, ever present and all knowing, our actions are ever being monitored. In His providence He brings circumstances to bear on us according to our obedience. He also will deal with each one in the coming judgment according to His appointed pleasure.

On Twitter I stated, “If you do not understand where ethics comes from, your ethical system is almost surely defective.”

I could have as easily stated that even if you do know from where your ethical system comes, your ethical system is still likely to be defective.

In reality, ethical systems which come from man’s estimation are in fact defective. Ethics cannot logically come from man.

Ethics is
“the science of human duty;
the science of right and of right character and conduct;
moral science;…” F&W Dictionary 1896

Science is “knowledge gained and verified by exact observation and correct thinking, especially as methodically formulated and arranged in a rational system;…” F&W Dictionary 1896

The Bible tells us that knowledge is inherent and intrinsic in the nature and character of God. God is eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. God is and so knowledge is and flows from Him. Apart from Him is no knowledge. (example: Psalm 139, Psalm 19)

God is also God of creation. Through design God manifest His knowledge in His creation and made man capable of searching out the deep things of God and to interact with knowledge and to use it. This is where observation and correct thinking come into play. One must take what he learns and correctly apply what he gains.

Therefore as man by knowledge searches out human duty, he ascertains right and wrong. As he discerns the nature and character of God, he then learns about “right and of right character and conduct.” In particular, specific information applying to this effort is provided by God through divinely inspired and preserved Scriptures. Of course this makes man accountable, for his manipulation of facts must be true.

If man fails in this required manipulation of facts and truth he denies knowledge, that which is right and true. He therefore corrupts knowledge and the corrupts the image of his Creator. Here we see rationality set aside and a form of living which is irrational. Man denies the source and by extension even the existance of exact knowledge. This is viewed in the system of the atheist.

The naturalist takes knowledge of creation. By investigation he comes up with principles of life. Yet because he does not acknowledge the Creator and the Creator’s express written will but only the creation, his perspective is distorted because he is defective in exact observation and thinking. He assigns to portions of creation perspective and characteristics which belong to the Creator only. In this he denies the source of knowledge and its applications which should be related to correct perspective. By this he perverts knowledge and comes to false conclusions. Such perversion applies to his understanding of right. Therefore his ethics is perverted.

Natural selection is useless as determiner of right. Everything falls to random probability. If guidance is inferred in any way, it is no more natural. It then defers to some form of design which is preplanned. The suggestion of design or guidance in any way argues that God exists. Then the knowledge of a Creator demonstrating omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence becomes the obvious.

When knowledge is either denied or perverted, then issues of right become undiscernible. Often the issue of relativity arises. What is true for you and what is true for me are both true. Should they be contradictory, they are still viable to be true. When it comes to ethics and the application of right in the lives of such relativistic individuals is capable of great harm. Conflict can readily develop.

Except there be the cognizance of the Creator and conformity to His wisdom there can be no unity in thought or practice. Right cannot be determined.

The only possible straight forward ethical concept possible to man is when man turns to God his Creator and correctly draws from Him that by which he should order his life. For only in God our Creator is knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. All other considerations are void of logic.

Searching out “all things that are done under heaven.”

It is the goal of a lot of people to go to college and to attain knowledge of a great many things. It is claimed by many that this is the only way to attain unto the good life.

I do not dispute that much knowledge can be of great help to an individual. I do dispute that it is the knowledge alone that brings this help. Unless one can place this knowledge into proper perspective, the knowledge which motivated people to work will be seen as “I have seen all the works that are under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

The proper perspective is directly related to aligning such knowledge and hopeful application of this knowledge through wisdom to the purposes and directives of the Creator God. God did not create this existence to be exercised for the goal of emptiness (vanity). But emptiness (vanity) it will be if one does not use the resources and skills he was created to have according to the directive will of God.

The definitive way to know is to have a direct, continual, grasp of the Word of God. From this then the information available in the natural realms will be unlocked for profitability.

You go ahead and study. This is good. But if you intend to study without relating it to Biblical guidelines, you will come up empty, frustrated, and fruitless. It is your choice.

Today’s Darwinists are described in the Bible

The Darwinists of today describe themselves and the nature and character of man as being the offspring of animals. In reality, the theology of their concept is that mankind is nothing special. Mankind is merely another form of animal and in reality just an animal.

The Bible describes this as being the nature of those who do not believe in the Creator. They, by their rejection of God, take on this very nature of being animal like. The Biblical term is “brutish” like a brute beast. (1) The implication is, according to Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1896, Dictionary, that, as animals, they are stupid and senseless just as any animal is. Their ability for reasoning is flawed. This is so by choice. They refuse to acknowledge the Creator. While the text deals with their inclination to idols (physical), other parts of scriptures indicate that if they place themselves above God then that is considered idolatry also.

Anyone who then chooses this route, according to the Bible, will find evaluation related to their works that, “They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.” (2)

While I am pretty sure that these are words of offense to a Darwinist, the Bible in this part was penned well over 1400 years ago. Maybe it is not so outdated? It seems to describe the tenor of thinking that is “politically correct” in this day and age. Those who say they are animals, act like animals, are brutish in the dictionary sense of the terms.

Is this what you want to be known as? I guess it is your choice. But just because you choose to deny the Creator, does not mean He does not exist. It also means that when He says that you will have your day of accountability that you should not think that you will be able to escape it by denying that the accounting day will come.

Perhaps it would be helpful for one to read and learn about the power, character and nature of God. The Bible makes no small claims. It also backs up these claims with evidence. These claims and evidences are layed out prolifically throughout the Bible. You should see! (3)

The advice is “Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain….  (4) If you followed the string of verses which are found in a Bible concordance, the case for the meaning and extent of vanity is indeed impressive. As for me, I opt for a life of worth not emptiness.

(1) Jeremiah 10:14
(2) Jeremiah 10:15
(3) Jeremiah 10:10, 12-13
(4) Jeremiah 10:2-3