Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Mel Wild has a post that got me to putting different ideas together, Marxism, Artificial Intelligence, and Postmodernism. ‘s post was inspired when he listened to interview of Jordan Peterson. In the interview, Peterson traces the origins of Postmodernism with respect to The Frame Problem. What is the frame problem? Well, since Peterson’s explanation (See the video on ‘s post.) is simple and straightforward, please listen. Just keep this post in mind and come back.
Note that the frame problem is an AI problem that engineers are solving. That’s why we have various companies testing cars that can drive themselves (See Where to find self-driving cars on the road right now (popsci.com)). However, when some philosophers stumbled upon the unexpected difficulty the frame problem was giving AI engineers, they appropriated the problem. These philosophers used the frame problem as an excuse to attack the idea that we can know the objective truth.
As Peterson points out, many of the same folks promoting Marxism now promote Postmodernism. Why? Well, it is well worth listening to his explanation.
What is truth? Can the truth be known? I side with those who believe that Jesus Christ has revealed the Truth to us, but there are various ways those who hate the truth can confuse those who want to know the truth. Hence, it helps to consult an expert in Apologetics. Consider.
- In A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (renewingyourmind.org), R.C. Sproul (now deceased) explains the war within the Christian church. On one side we have Liberalism (in its most duplicitous form) and on the other we have those who believe we must adhere to the fundamental teachings of the Bible.
- In Four Steps Backward, Sproul begins an explanation of how Atheists attack fundamental concepts necessary for reasoning. Note that Four Steps Backward is part of of series on Apologetics that Renewing Your Mind broadcasts (actually a rebroadcast) every Saturday. What Is Apologetics?, presented on Mar 2nd, was the first broadcast the series.
So when “experts”, wolves in sheep’s clothing, seek to confuse the truth, what are Christians to do? In “We All Live in Marx’s World Now “, insanitybytes22 suggests we stop taking ourselves so seriously. We must remember that to the wolf it is about power (or politics), but to us the truth is about God.
Does each Christian have a personal relationship with God? Well, we should, and if we do then there is nothing any man can do to come between us and God.
Romans 8:31-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus told us to study His Word and to spread His Gospel because we love Him and each other. If we are His sheep, then He is our Shepherd, and we will most certainly be safe from mere wolves.