Monday, May 30, 2005

I think.... Therefore I am.....

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

How would you define, the soul? Does the soul exist only in the here and now, or is it eternal? If you believe life ends at death, then you are a Humanist, an Evolutionist, a Nihilist. More clearly, you believe truth cannot be absolutely known, let alone even to exist. If however, you believe the soul is eternal, then at a minimum, you have a belief in some form of Deity: enter.... Knowledge
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psalms:51:6

I think... Therefore I am....

It was French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes, who coined this phrase. He is considered by the ‘intellectual’ as the father of modern philosophy. Revered as one of the greatest thinkers of all humanity, Descartes philosophy marked the beginning of the belief, that man is the center of the universe, the philosophical foundation of Western thought. Today, we simply call this, humanism: enter.... Reason and Understanding
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. Psalms 33:20
I believe that many, good well meaning people, lack true knowledge of what is the soul and what is the spirit. No surgeon opened a man's heart and claimed "here is the soul.. I have found it"... Human ignorance confuses these separate, co-existing evidential truths, simply as one in the same. Humanism rejects the spiritual because it cannot (maybe even will not ~stubborn pride) prove life after death. It can be argued by the intellectual born again Christian, that death is a part of life, an evidential fact of our existence. So it is true then... the soul cries out for redemption even though it may not know why. This is the work of God: enter... Phenomenon the supernatural
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1Corinthians 13:12
Often, when I am discussing these subjects with others, it has been my experience, usually, that misunderstanding is really a matter of semantics, in that, what are we really discussing? Is it a belief in eternal life or non-existence at death? I have learned to ask the hard questions right off the bat because, simply, we all have considered; what happens when I die, where will I be". By asking, I know immediately their beliefs on, life and death, realization and reason, soul and/or spirit. One absolute truth we know with certainty; that death will arrive to each of us and none shall escape: enter.... Philosophy
Now God has revealed them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. 1Corinthians 2:10
Death is an objective truth of life. And yet, we are only able to rationalize death through another's experience. Morevoer, this experience cannot be made known to us, individually, because no human has ever raised himself from death let alone myself, to explain what has happened. Our experience of death is subjective and because of this evidential truth, mankind seeks wisdom through knowledge so that he may reason with issues of; what is moral and what is ethical. The attempts of moral philosophy to reason issues of the soul, has failed to answer the questions that wisdom seeks, causing our capacity to comprehend the spiritual to be deceived, because we can only see in the here and now. This truth is verified, because knowledge reveals, all which is living now, will soon pass into death. None have returned: enter..... Science
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalms 30:3
Socrates set the standard for Western philosophy nearly 2,000 years before Descartes even walked this earth. Our source of information about Socrates’ philosophical views come mainly from his student Plato, who attempted to provide a faithful picture of the methods and teachings of ‘the master’: enter...Logos
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Logos simply means, absolute truth. All the great philosophers considered the basic question of; what is truth. They rationalized that knowledge alone would answer the perplexing questions of the soul, because knowledge is information which consists of what is perceived, that which is empirical. Philosophers call this; science and ethics: enter.... Moral Philosophy [1]
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalms 19:7
The sum of our knowledge is empirical, derived from the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The great thinkers (philosophers) set out with the quest to answer the deep questions of the soul, of the conscience, from the heart. The answers given by these philosophical thinkers remain unanswered to this very day and stand as a testimony to those who reject their own reasoning, that of knowledge, which has been stuffed in thousands of philosophy books the world over. The Bible on the other hand, which was available in Socrates day, reveals every known issue of the soul, and the spirit. If you reasonably doubt this knowledge, then what are you objecting to?
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. ~Plato
The search for answers concerning life and death, soul and spirit have turned from fact and evidence, to that of mindless thought and endless babble, which only emulate the what if syndrome. No person has added anything of value to the humanist philosophy of the last 2,500 some odd years. In our world today, discussing these things is simply a matter of presenting personal opinion. In most cases, far removed from truth; fact and evidence. Truly, the most profound question any person can reasonably consider is: What is the meaning of life. The heart is spirit, the mind is the soul. One day these two will be joined as one. enter.... Consciousness
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Our soul is the summation of all things we know, and yet it cries out and asks the question which humanism has not answered; what is the meaning of my life? Human philosophy cannot answer what wisdom seeks. Only one man has responded with wisdom: Jesus Christ. He alone has declared what will happen after death and why life is a gift of God. Do you believe his word? Do you have faith that He will deliver: enter.... Guilt
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Hosea 4:6
Truth is based upon Knowledge. Belief cannot come without knowledge. Faith cannot come without belief. So then, wisdom and understanding cannot come until we have faith: enter..... Epistemology for the Humanist and Faith for the born again believer.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1Corintians 13:8
God's word makes clear that man's spirit is dead and this is what it means to be born again. To be born again simply means that the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit (make alive) because God declares that we humans are eternal, yet seperated from the spirit because of sin. Do you believe you are eternal? If you answer yes, then how do you know this is true? This evidential truth is the basis of most religions, indeed there is a God. Man knows there is more to this life than to live 80 some odd years, only to enter death; non-existence. The human soul cries out and seeks the spiritual. This is why God has placed, hope, in our heart: enter.... Trust and Expectation
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1Peter 1:22
Philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes [1] and a multitude of others, all came to the same conclusion; that moral philosophy is the god of humanity and that, there is no God, only people. As a result, Godless man finds but emptiness and unfulfilled life. The soul which cries out with no hope, destitute, forsaken; those whose souls have been laid bare. It is for this cause that Jesus was made manifest, as declared through the fullness of time, so that the soul has the knowledge of, hope: enter..... Love
Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Psalms 141:7-8
Philosophy, with all it's principles, is utterly useless, a travesty to human reasoning. The man forsakes his Creator because, "He thinks.. Therefore he is"... Man alone cannot reach beyond death, grasp it and bring it forward to claim; here it is - this is death. I have found it! With this knowledge would come the answers which have perplexed mankind's hopeless soul since history's beginning; what happens [to me] after I die. Human reasoning has no capacity to know this without the Spirit. It is for this reason that humanity arrives to his moral dilemma of hopelessness. I simply call this, circling the drain.
"wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state", and that "life without examination is not worth living" ~Socrates
Human philosophy, excluding the primary existance of a Creator God, is a futile attempt to seek answers from an endless cesspool of human ignorance. It is precisely here that Humanity and Spirituality are divided. Man's spirit is dead because he is sepreated from, the spiritual, he has seperated himself from God. These are opposing directions and the Bible declares such knowledge. enter..... Belief and Wisdom
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrew 9:27-28
enter... Emotion, Feeling and Desire

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Proverbs 8:11

Ye desire your child to live. ~Tennyson.

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing. Ecclesiastes 8:5

How different the emotions between departure and return! ~W. Irving

To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs. Acts 1:3

The word of God is clear. The soul that sins shall surely die. Take heed and know, this place is called Hell. A place of eternal separation from God. Humanism chooses this place because they know not of its consequence. They blindly reason within their own thoughts. They reject God entirely.

The First Week in Hell by Virginia Marin [2]

As you leave this place, Hope still remains.
Repent and be Ye saved!
Learn the Knowledge which God has revealed.

In this post, post-modern world in which with we live, now described by modern day philosophers as Deconstructionism, we have arrived to the paradoxical contradiction of moral philosophy. All the great philosophers of history demonstrated that human wisdom, starts from the very center of Logos, that which is absolute. For if indeed knowledge is the gateway towards belief, then knowledge of God's word has been given for all those who seek truth. To reject this knowledge is a contradiction of reasonable rationalization and defiant of God's will, choosing that which is pleasing to the senses; selfishness and pride. For it is this reason that multitudes of people shall be lost forever, in an eternal Hell for which all hope is abandoned. For this place is absent of God's presence; the essence of agape love, the revealing hope of the Christian faith. Revealed to all the world through the life and death of Jesus Christ.
Behold! The crown creation which rejects his Creator enter.... the incorrigible
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Copyright Wendell Leahy
published by

[1] © Doy Moyer 2001-2004
[2] The First Week In Hell written by Virginia Marin (Dubh Side)
Contributing Editor of Messianic Judaism,


Blogger Ancient Clown said...

And I used to joke around saying;
"I am, therefore I think."
Of course I also like to say;
"I don't think I know...I just know I'm thinking."
Always a pleasure to pass by, blessings to you.
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

3:13 PM  
Blogger Wendell said...

Hello ancient clown...
thanks for your comments and reading my article....

"I am, therefore I think."

Much truth in that statement!!....

"I don't think I know...I just know I'm thinking."

haha! Indeed.. much truth in that statement...

Always a pleasure to read your comments... Thanks for visiting!

12:21 PM  

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