It Will Prevail
Published on September 23, 2010 By KFC Kickin For Christ In Blogging

The love of truth is a rare commodity these days.  Critical thinking has become a lost art.  We're living in an age of "if it feels good it must be good" and "if it's true for you", great but don't expect me to join in.  My truth and your truth are not in sync nor does it have to be because there is no such thing as truth anymore.  

This morning I was studying about a blind man from birth who was healed by Jesus.  Most know the leaders of the day (the Pharisees) were dogging Christ everywhere he went because of his popularity.  The simple unlearned people were following this man of miracles instead of listening to them, the all knowing religious establishment.  These religious leaders were very angry about it.   

So along comes Jesus, heals the blind man and a ruckus ensues.  The blind man is brought in to be questioned which was no light matter back in those days.  People were afraid of these learned, religious men in their black robes and stern faces with the power to throw them out of the synagogue if the laws weren't followed exactly as they deemed fit. 

The blind man had a simple testimony.  He was blind from birth and now he sees.  End of story.  Nothing more to report.  The neighbors verified it but that wasn't enough.  It must be mistaken identity.  So the parents, scared out of their minds, were called in and questioned.  They said as little as possible.  "Yes, he was their son and he was born blind." They did not want to be excommunicated from their synagogue,  They gave the simple facts and nothing more.  Smart move. 

So the leaders once again called in the now seeing blind man.  See, the evidence before them, also called the truth, wasn't good enough.  It wasn't what they wanted to hear.  So the inquisition continued.  But the blind man stuck to the truth because that's exactly what it was.  He knew he was blind and now for the first time he sees.  He tells them again. 

Since the Pharisees couldn't get around the evidence they went after the person.  They tell the blind man to admit Christ was a sinner for healing him on the Sabbath, a law they felt was broken.  The blind man, in effect, says basically, "look I'm not a theologian.  All I know is I'm healed. I can now see"  He sticks with the truth and doesn't veer off or get intimidated. 

So you gotta ask.  Where's the logic?  While the religious leaders are trying to explain away the miracle, at the same time they are trying to nab Christ for performing in on the Sabbath and thereby breaking it.   You can't have it both ways. 

The blind man again explains giving it to them straight up once again, but now he understands they really don't want the truth.  So he resorts to sarcasm by saying "why are you asking me this? Do you want to be his disciple?"  While the Pharisees are totally blinded spiritually, the formerly blind man's eyes are opening wider and wider as he's beginning to really see what's going on.   He knows the truth/  He sees they are trying to suppress it. 

He has more spiritual insight and common sense than these most learned men.  His logic being only a man of God could do such a miracle.  A miracle of this magnitude should speak volumes to them but they are deaf as well as blind.  The blind man looks at them with new eyes as he speaks truth to them basically saying "you learned men should be expected to know this."  What more could he say?  He believed his senses.  He was blind but no more.  He knew and accepted the truth. 

Objectivity starts with nothing and the evidence brings the conclusion.                                                    

Subjectivity starts with a preclusion and then finds evidence to support it. 

It's obvious the Pharisees are not objective at all which brings us to this point...there are at least five characteristics of willful unbelief. 

1.  Unbelief sets false standards

2.  Unbelief always wants more evidence

3.  Unbelief always does biased research

4.  Unbelief rejects facts

5.  Unbelief is totally egocentric.  

We can present all the evidence in the world but unbelief cannot be won by evidence if the person chooses not to believe it. 

So how does it end?  The Pharisees, beaten and embarrased by this man's logic, are now enraged, calling him a sinner (attacking his character)  and excommunicating him from the synagogue by throwing him out.  Persecution and excommunication are common weapons of the enemy. They were unable to make sense of this dilemma.  Through their anger they were unable to see the penetrating insight this man had demonstrated.    Truth can afford to be patient but error cannot.  So they hastily threw him out.  They wanted nothing of the truth.  They had their own. 

It's no different today.  People don't want the truth. Not really.   They want what they want.  They hear what they want to hear.  They see what they want to see. 

But in the end...truth always prevails.  Always. 

 

 

 

                                 

 


Comments
on Sep 23, 2010

People are afraid.  If they stand up for the truth, what will happen?  Will they lose their friends?  Family?  Their reputations? 

I can't help but think of the guy who boarded the bus this week and spoke the truth against his daughter's bullies.  Some may not want to hear what he had to say, but he spoke it anyway.  It had to be said.  

What went on between the blind man and the religious leaders of his day is not exclusive to them by any means.  It plays out all over the globe in all sorts of situations whether  it be political, religious, or relational.    You're either a truth seeker or you're not. 

on Sep 24, 2010

Objectivity starts with nothing and the evidence brings the conclusion.

Subjectivity starts with a preclusion and then finds evidence to support it.

That is a truism that unfortunately has been forgotten in some venues of science.  It is not the job of science to prove something cannot happen, but to understand why it did.

on Sep 24, 2010

Yes, and according to my son, he says there is much subjectivity in science, more than people realize. Follow the money trail.   Reminds me of the letter written to Charles Darwin by his wife Emma accusing him of suppressing evidence that would contradict his theory.   No different today. 

also thinking about the mismanaged funds in LA where 8 were arrested for mishandling $50M in funds.  Looks like the corruption ran so deep it involved personnel who would otherwise have exposed it.  This is just another case of it being easier to go along than to stand up for the truth. 

 

on Sep 24, 2010

Truth is always True.  A right angle is 90 degrees no matter.  I can go to China and its 90 degrees.  Popular opinion can say that my 75 degree angle is a right angle.  I may not know what a 90 degree angle is.  A 90 degree angle is always going to be a right angle no matter what other people say or any ignorance. Truth is true even if no one can agree upon it or even if no one follows it.

Dr Guy


Objectivity starts with nothing and the evidence brings the conclusion. Subjectivity starts with a preclusion and then finds evidence to support it.
That is a truism that unfortunately has been forgotten in some venues of science.  It is not the job of science to prove something cannot happen, but to understand why it did.

Yeah, I think Doc that you and I talked about this in another post.  The goal of Science and Philosophy is to show that there is something rather then that there is nothing.  Both are pointless if you are trying to show that there is nothing.

As you stated that objectivity may start with nothing per say yet the goal is to show that there is something there.

"  We're living in an age of "if it feels good it must be good" and "if it's true for you", great but don't expect me to join in.  My truth and your truth are not in sync nor does it have to be because there is no such thing as truth anymore."

Welcome to the age of relativism.  Where everything must be equally true or nothing is true so toss everything out.  Relativism plagues nearly all universities.  Relativism is irrational and illogical.

If a car accident happened and obviously there may be multiple stories trying to find what happened and who is at fault.  The relativist would say that since everyone’s has a different point of view there is no way we can tell what really happened at the said crash scene. Hardcore relativist would agrue that actually since we can't possible find truth of what happened that we can't even be certain that an accident even happened. 

Most relativist will state that nothing is true which in itself is an absolute statement as well as they expect everyone else to believe what they are saying is true (even though they claim we can't possibly know what is true so they commit the fallacy of self-exempted). 

on Sep 24, 2010

If a car accident happened and obviously there may be multiple stories trying to find what happened and who is at fault. The relativist would say that since everyone’s has a different point of view there is no way we can tell what really happened at the said crash scene. Hardcore relativist would agrue that actually since we can't possible find truth of what happened that we can't even be certain that an accident even happened.

Very true.  But they are equating truth with perception.  That is their downfall.  The truth of the accident may not be known, but that does not make it a non-reality.

Relativists confuse perception with reality.  Which is easy to do since our lives are more greatly influenced by perception than reality.  But our perception does not change reality.  To a relativists though, reality does not exist, only perception does.

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