WHAT IS TRUTH?
Revelation vs. Natural Knowledge.
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:11–14, ESV)
What is a World-View?
A world view is what people believe about what is True and what is Real? Belief Systems can be Strongholds of the Mind and of the Culture
What the World Thinks is Truth verses what they believe is Fantasy, Superstition and/or Personal Opinions.
Taken from: ScholarsCorner.com/reaching-the-west. See also:
https://www.givehim15.com/post/july-20-2021 (praying for the unsaved)
The Western Worldview – Scientific Materialism. The World is a product of Chance, Natural forces, and Evolution without any divine involvement. The Ultimate truth is that there is no truth. Since there is no Creator, there is no purpose to life, there is no design, and there is no ultimate meaning to this world.
The Western Belief Structure – Scientific Empiricism. Reality can be verified through experimental demonstration. Anything that cannot be tested and demonstrated empirically is merely an opinion (IOW not true). Therefore: Leads to Relativism
They believe God can’t do miracles, or there is no God. So, anyone who claims there is a God and there are morals is just annoying.
In debates, we are playing baseball and they are playing football: we can’t agree on the rules of the game. Anyone can dismiss the bible because there is no ultimate standard of truth!
What Jesus Believed:
“The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.” (John 10:33–39, ESV)
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15–17, ESV)
In the Scriptures, God revealed himself as He is. He is the Living Word. He communicates by the Spirit and gives Revelation.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:15–17, ESV)
“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” (John 15:20–21, ESV)
“the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3–6, ESV)
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:3–6, ESV)
It is going to take signs and wonders and miracles to break the yoke of unbelief off this culture.
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;” (Romans 15:18–19, ESV)
“If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’” (John 15:24–25, ESV)
God will use YOU! And the World will take notice.