Will those that sincerely know God obtain ultimate Truth? What of the other great thinkers? Are they limited in knowledge and Truth?
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal November 4, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
THE METHODOLOGY FOR OBTAINING TRUTH
PART 14: HOW DOES THE DISBELIEF IN GOD IMPACT ON TRUTH?
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
As we come with a sincere desire to serve God, we realize that the world is troubled. The world is troubled because many deny the existence of God. Some also claim that the existence of God is not certain or impossible. Still others claim to know God but try to fix God the way they want Him to be.
Meanwhile the world and the multitudes are lost and deny the free gift of salvation. Also, they deny answers to many of the world's problems. Let the record show that during the early and initial existence of humankind there was a great belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. Thus they noted God as the Creator and at the center of all that existed and things that would come to exist and things that would pass away.
However as God blessed humankind with wisdom and knowledge many great thinkers began to think that their knowledge and wisdom came from them and not God. Thus the intellectual community, became puffed up, selfish, elitists and godless. Many became atheists and denied the existence of God. Still others became agnostics and declared that nothing is known or can be known about the existence of God or about things outside human experience. The term agnostikos is Greek in origin and means "not knowing." Most sources note that the British biologist Thomas Henry Huxley introduced this term into English in the 19th century.
Meanwhile, the basic belief system in contemporary agnosticism is revealed in the works of the British philosopher David Hume and the German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
FreedomJournal now begins to look amazed and concerned. Truth solicits his response, questions etc.
"Well Truth why have you used the work of Hume as a source to explain specific points about our search for a methodology for obtaining Truth? Also do you plan to explore Hume's writings further? What about the philosopher Immanuel Kant?"
"Thank you so much FreedomJournal I know you would ask that question. David Hume was born in 1711 he is an example of the later philosophers that established agnosticism. However our review of his "Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" and our eventual look at his "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion" are useful tools toward gaining answers to many of our questions. The arguments by Hume and Kant that point out that God does not exist allows us to understand the lack of knowledge among those considered great thinkers.
Immanuel Kant was born in 1724 in Konisbourg, East Prussia. He was not in agreement with many conclusions rendered by Hume. His major and most celebrated work is "Prolegomena To Any future Metaphysics," and "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals."
It is for certain that these great thinkers stopped short of making a greater contribution to human knowledge. Furthermore what kept them away from ultimate Truth was their belief that one could not prove that God exists."
"Truth are you arguing that Truth can only be obtained by knowing God?"
"Yes and no. Ultimate Truth can only be obtained by knowing God. However Hume and Kant noted much Truth, but the level of Truth they reached was shallow. Before I proceed further allow me to elaborate on Knowing God.
Many people profess to know God. Nevertheless, to know God one must be consistent in thought, action and deed. You cannot be a "fair weather" believer. Nor can you attempt to re-write the Bible. To know God also means that you will make the ultimate sacrifice. Those that know God are not materialistic and will never seek to use God or the church for financial gain.
Meanwhile the knowledge possessed by those that know God is transformed into what is described as the Spiritual Scientist. All can come to know God but all cannot become Spiritual Scientists."
"Truth I see that you are well on the way toward establishing the methodology for obtaining Truth. Thus it is clear from your previous statements that one cannot obtain ultimate Truth without God. But tell us this Truth. Why have so many great philosophers received fame and fortune while denying God? Who have set the greatest precedents for the disbelief in God?"
Cont. Part 15: Are Atheists & Agnostics Smart?