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Just felt God wanted me to follow up from yesterday’s New Information Filter. Everyone has a Model - How they believe the world works. And everyone measures incoming information against that model. (Richard Maybury in his book – Personal, Career and Financial Security does a good job of explaining the concept of models – that we taught you when you were children.)
Everyone decides what new information is important or not. And everyone decides what information is fact or not. Most people are like lemmings – they go along with the group-think of their culture, or of those who share their model. And most people are intellectually dishonest. Most people will reject even true facts - that do not match their model. For example. If you believe the world is flat, the fact that an approaching ship from the distance appears mast and sails first, will be rejected by you as irrelevant. Or if you believe the sun revolves around the earth, not only will you not consider any evidence contrary to that belief, you will persecute, even execute as heretics those who disagree – as morally evil. It happened.
Most people are so dogmatically insistent on their model – they will refuse to even consider alternatives – to the point of embarrassment… “There is no such thing as absolute truth!” (So you’re… absolutely sure about that?)
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.
God’s Word says – There is no wisdom, no truth apart from God. That is the real issue. Proverbs 14:6 – the mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
Mocker – one who places little value on correction. New information is always misinterpreted by the mocker. God’s truth doesn’t fit their model. So they reject outright… the only truth there is.
James 3:13-16 Who is wise and understanding among you. Let him show it by their good life, and the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor biter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come from God, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
So when receiving new information, use your New Information Filter and also consider the source. There are two wisdoms. True wisdom that comes from God, and false wisdom – that which appears to be wisdom. The devil is the deceiver. He is the father of lies, from the beginning. He is the father of most models held by humans today. You’ll notice models essentially hinge on one issue. God. (and His Word) You either accept what He says, or reject it.
In school they teach kids that science and what they call religion are incompatible. As if you have to choose between one or the other. They are void of knowledge. But have effectively ingrained since childhood a rejection of truth – which comes from God alone. Why do most models reject God? Because if you admit there is a Sovereign Creator, you are faced with an obvious dilemma – intellectual honesty demands the question – What does my Creator want from me? Isaiah 53:6 – All we like sheep are gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
So models are at their root – spiritual. Your model agrees with what God says and expects from man, or it is in opposition to His Word – and His Truth – the only truth there is. So as everyone’s models are always expanding with new information, how do we assess new information? In an intellectually honest and prudent way.
NEW INFORMATION FILTER
.1) Is it true?
.2) Where is the evidence
.3) What’s in it for them?
.4) What does God say?
.1) Is it true? Just because everybody believes it – doesn’t make it true. Just because all scientists agree (even that is inaccurate)… doesn’t make it true. All scientists agreed that the earth was flat. (And that ‘blood-letting’ cured diseases) even Christopher Columbus’ crew about murdered him for fear of ‘reaching the edge and falling off.’ Had they just read God’s Word… Isaiah 40:22 – He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth. (Yep, it’s not flat.) Science and religions can be incompatible, but not science and God’s truth. Today’s Academia didn’t start as a secular rebellion against God. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived was given by God – in depth insight into science, art, music… God’s creation – leads man to academic pursuits- to discover his creation. That’s what science is. And anyone who uses Science to disbelieve who created it, is not a scientist, they are a religious zealot. Atheism is a religion.
Early educational institutions were started by those with strong Christian belief – Harvard and Yale were Puritan Universities, Princeton was a Presbyterian institution. The greatest scientific and technological advancements have with few exceptions come from nations whose governments were founded upon Judeo-Christian ethic. Because all science leads to the discovery of what God created – and therefore leads to the discovery and worship of God. Just like education and science, truth will always lead you to God. So New Information – Is It True?
.2) Where is the evidence? “Everyone knows that… xyz…” That’s not evidence – that’s opinion.
The Scientific Method
.1. Gather Evidence
.2. Examine the Evidence
.3. Hypothesize (make an educated guess about its meaning)
.4. Test the hypothesis
.5. Invite others to test it (if true, their results should confirm yours)
.6. Form a working hypothesis
Not perfect, but the scientific method leads to reasonable surety of a hypothesis, recognizing future discoveries may further or alter our current understanding. Evidence – that which elucidates and enables the mind to see truth. Proof arising from the senses, the testimony of others, or from inductions of reason. Elucidate – from Latin – light. To make clear or manifest; to remove obscurity from. To render intelligible (Able to be understood) Most information – commonly accepted as fact – is merely opinion that has gained a following. Use your filter. Where’s the evidence?
.3) What’s in it for them? You can typically put more credence on presenters of new information – who have nothing to gain. What’s in it for them? Typically – money. But also – power. Just because someone is not directly making money off of (you believing this) doesn’t mean they are not gaining power from it. And just because someone gets a commission – doesn’t mean it is not really the best widget. Wisdom requires you to consider the source, and search out the evidence. One who rejects God or His Word will have a skewed view of truth and the information they present should always be viewed with caution. Consider the source. Every ‘truth’ has a source. It either comes from the Word and promise of God, or it comes from the deceiver. So when considering new information, consider the source as well as what they stand to gain. And finally…
.4) What does God say? Be like the Bereans. They weren’t gullible. They didn’t just believe everything that was ‘sold’ to them. They searched the scriptures daily to find out if what Paul said was true. Search the Word of God, get a multitude of Godly counsel, and never be afraid of true science – it always proves God. If facing a decision based on New Information – Please consider using the PiVAT Decision Tool (See advanced tools at hearwelldone.org) It will help you greatly! Even in decisions and decision-making, there is God’s way and man’s way. The best way to process new information is to be rooted and grounded in God’s Word. Do PRISM Daily – Never Miss! Transforming your mind with His Word: (I: Insight from the Word / Proverbs) Wisdom will grow in you! You will see deception easily.
Finally. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. John 16:13 – But when He the Spirit of truth comes, He will lead you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. You will only know the truth – by the Holy Spirit. Ask Him. God sent Him to help you process New Information.
Praying for you. That you would filter all new information – with your New Information Filter. That what you believe – would always be grounded in God’s truth. That wisdom would reside and grow in you. That you would be wise and not gullible. Powerful in truth, and always demonstrating His love to others.
Love you all,
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