There are two divergent philosophies and they travel in opposite directions.
One is the way of GIVE – the other of GET.
The “GIVE” way is actually an invisible, yet inexorable, spiritual law in active motion. It is summarized in principle by the Ten Commandments. This spiritual law causes every good result to and for man. There has to be a cause for every effect.
God provides a CAUSE for every desired GOOD.
To receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, the very love of God, one must obey His law.
and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Romans 5: 5 RSV
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13: 10 RSV
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5: 32 RSV
The spiritual is as invisible as the laws of gravity and inertia.
It is very out-of-date to believe in a devil today. But why? The Bible plainly speaks of a devil, named Satan. To rightly determine what is good required the creative power to produce and set in motion such inexorable laws as this spiritual law and the laws of physics and chemistry. The spiritual law causes good if obeyed, and evil when disobeyed.
Satan said that Adam and Eve’s intellectual powers were so great they could determine for themselves what is good and what is evil. That is a God-perogative. “You can be God!”, said Satan.
Adam and Eve were seized with intellectual vanity. They used human reason. Adam and Eve pioneered in deciding for themselves what is right and what is wrong – what is righteousness and what is sin! And humanity has been doing what seems right in its own eyes ever since. They:
- Rejected revelation
- Used observation
- Used experimentation
- Used human reason
That is precisely the scientific method. There most vital dimension of knowledge was missing from their scientific procedure.
What is man’s purpose?
We need to know. We can only know through revelation.
Proof comes from REVELATION.
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God: it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8: 7 RSV
What is the missing dimension in all knowledge? It is revelation from God!
Although rejected by humankind in general, God did bequeath to humankind HIS REVELATION OF BASIC KNOWLEDGE. We have it in writing! The Holy Bible is that revelation. It is basic knowledge and prophecy. It contains that basic, foundational knowledge otherwise inaccessible to man. The error comes from rejection of revelation.
Revelation is the true starting premise.
When man substitutes his own false hypothesis, the most vital dimension in knowledge production is missing. Revelation. God’s Word is the foundation of all knowledge. God’s Word – His instruction manual for mankind – is the foundation of all knowledge.
God’s Word is not the sum total of all knowledge.
It is the foundation – the true premise – the starting point – the concept that directs the approach to the aquisition of further knowledge.
God intended for man to produce additional knowledge.
We must start off in the right direction, the true premise, with the right approach, in this matter of knowledge production.
The soul came out of the ground. Satan uttered the first lie in the history of mankind. He told Eve she would not die, that she was an immortal soul. But God says souls that sin shall die.
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins will die. The soul that sins will die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18: 4, 20 RSV
God’s spirit unites with our spirit. God’s Holy Spirit, combined with our human spirit in our mind, imparts to our mind power to comprehend spiritual knowledge. Revelation, the most vital dimension of knowledge, helps construct the total mind ready to produce knowledge.