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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen”. If I open the cupboard doors and nothing is in there, then there is certainly no evidence, but the hope might still be there. You have not because you ask not. So let me understand, faith is the substance of things hoped for and there is no evidence, so maybe if I ask Him, my cupboards will be filled with some evidence that I can eat. I have never had evidence to eat but I am willing to try it. It probably tastes like chicken. Let’s be reasonable, after all, we know what reason is, we have been reasoning all our life:  Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. The concept of reason is sometimes referred to as rationality and sometimes as discursive (rambling) reason. So is our reasoning like rambling, or like talking too long with no real substance?  “Rambling On”, I think there was a song by that title, wait, there is more to this reasoning business than meets the eye. Reason or reasoning is associated with thinking, cognition, and intellect. Perhaps now were getting somewhere. Mind over matter, hold on, we’ve been there done that as we live and allow Mind to be king? Now we are told that our mind will never comprehend the things of God. (I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart). The way people reason through argument is the subject in the fields of logic. “Now we are one”, is this logical? Reason is closely identified with the ability to self-consciously change beliefs, traditions, and attitudes and therefore having the capacity for freedom and self-determination. If I have the freedom to self-determine, then what about the Lord saying we need a new mind? I hope this doesn’t mean we are going to be replaced   It’s obvious we need our mind to determine stuff and if we are to be replaced then something has to occur before we are able to determine again.   So where does inductive and deductive reasoning enter in to this? Hold on a minute, am I now saying that there are parallels to input and inductive reasoning and output to deduction? So let’s take this a bit further. If every day, I leave for work in the car at eight o’clock, the drive to work takes 45 minutes and I arrive to work on time. Therefore, if I leave for work at eight o’clock today, I will be on time. The deductive statement above is a perfectly logical statement, but it does rely on our initial premise being correct, but what happens if today there is construction on the way to work and we end up being late? This is why any hypothesis you make can never be completely proved, because there is always the possibility my initial premise is wrong and when you run with it cause some grief. Because your input works most of the time we move from specific observations to broader generalizations and develop our prescribed theories which is called a “bottom up” approach which means that I begin with specific observation and measurements to then detect patterns and regularities, from which I formulate some tentative hypotheses to explore, and then develop some general conclusions or conclusions. The only difference between men and women from other mammals is the spirit connector God designed in us to link up with His Spirit so that we can both recognize and begin to comprehend spiritual matters. Therefore, logic must be a derivative determining a course of action that is predicated on decisions of our mind but whose portion or which part are we going to use for our decision making? This is why we are always in conflict and suffering from all too “smart confusion” and also defines our unjustified – self-justification. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. Romans 715For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Well Watson what do you think? For one Sherlock, I see that our Limited Partnership has been purchased by the Blood of Christ and that the third person, the Holy Spirit, has become Senior Partner and the three of us have become one. That is profound Watson kind of makes me proud to have known you. That sounds a little past tense Sherlock like maybe I’m going away or something. I think both of us are going away Watson but to a better firm with greater opportunity. So when we join this new firm do we lose all identity and fade away from among the many? In the former sense yes we do fade away and as we are absorbed into this new firm our former identity is laid to rest to reemerge in this new company as full partners with the Founder. Kind of sounds like a death doesn’t it Sherlock? Yeah it does and I think it is a death but yet it is life. Are you prepared for that eventuality Sherlock? I think yes, finally, I think yes. I must say however, that I as of yet do not see all of the ramifications of such an event but like Jesus I believe the Father will raise us up again to die no more. Just maybe Sherlock this is the true definition of faith for truly this is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of which is not yet seen, and maybe this is why All Christians should die at least twice. I do have this one question though. Who was the Third Guy that allowed Paul to see that he had Two within?

 

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