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Skeptics Well Laid Rational Points

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They are everywhere. Skeptics are in your neighborhood, on facebook, in churches, schools and your families.

The definition of a skeptic is:

  1. A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
  2. A person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic.

Why do we find it so hard to believe anything anymore?

Is it because we have been slapped around with lies?

Have we lost our trust in mankind?

If one person doubts the truth, should we all?

Researching “skeptics” there are those who find it to be one who gathers information to claim the validity of a question or reasoning for a critical thinking process that has nothing to do with doubt or unbelief. What?

Ok. Sure. You sound like a skeptic.

Both point in the same direction; process of elimination? A ruling we make to forge an alliance with one side or another to bring about a fight? NO. A belief system must take place one way or another to make an informative answer.

So….if you don’t agree with that critical thinking neighbor or your lying ex-husband, does that make you a “skeptic?”

How does one get around the idea you are not a skeptic if you disagree?

Some people are very good liars or are compulsive liars. Becoming skeptical of anything they say would lead you to believe nothing from their lying lips. You know: the neighbor who stands in front of you, face to face and lies through their teeth about the crocodile they saw stealing the bench from your yard.

Others can’t get away with lying. As hard as they try, they simply haven’t been able to master the craft. It has to do with the angle of the eyes, or the ability to “smile” while explaining to your Professor,

“No sir. I did not cheat on that test.”

Professor: “Then explain how your answers and the student sitting next to you are identical?”

So why are we skeptical?

Are we really looking for deep seeded answers to life’s most important questions or are we just curious?

Do we need a scientific explanation as to why men’s brains are actually 10% larger than a woman’s? Ok. I don’t like that question.

Do we really need to know why women are better communicators and have a higher degree of emotional intelligence than men? Well, yes, that might be good to know.

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. Seeking answers, observations or interpretations of the universe and the aliens therein are needed. Knowledge and wisdom are infinite; so there is always something to learn. But…. questions can become argumentative instead of informational when taken to an extreme.

Skeptics can often be viewed as negative, adverse or antagonistic. The doubting attitude has become prevalent in American society due to a lack of the truth or the desire to refuse the truth.

“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.”
Joyce Meyer, Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone

Why do people refuse the truth? So they won’t have to answer to authority about their behavior. So they can do what they want, when they want with no one to answer to for their actions.

Skeptics can argue Jesus Christ never existed, or existed but wasn’t the Savior of the world, but that doesn’t’ change the truth.

The simplistic idea that our belief or non-belief of anything will change it is ludicrous.

Joyce Meyer says, “I can go sit in the garage all day and it doesn’t make me a car.”

The only belief we need is in Jesus Christ. It is because of that belief everything else exists and has purpose.


Doubt discovers difficulties which it never solves; it creates hesitancy, despondency, despair. Its progress is the decay of comfort, the death of peace. “Believe!” is the word which speaks life into a man, but doubt nails down his coffin.”

Charles Spurgeon

P.S. In case you’re wondering why men’s brains are 10% larger than us women’s? Nope. They aren’t more intelligent; just larger in body and muscle mass. Thought you had us didn’t you guys!   From the http://www.brainfitnessforlife.com/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/its-a-big-if/

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/enemies-can-be-friends/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/true-religion-is-the-work-of-god/

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10 thoughts on “Skeptics Well Laid Rational Points

  1. We live in an age where the world we live in is filled with lies, such as politics, the media, science, religions, etc. It’s hard not to be skeptical. So, we Christians need to do more than talk about Jesus, we need to do His works…perform miracles. Miracles destroy skepticism.

  2. Thanks Cathy for the pingback, just recently someone said to me, you think your right others believe they are, I said it is not what I think that matters it is what God says. This person is into Karma and reincarnation etc they know all about my being hacked and the trauma and loss of money I have experienced because of it. I told him I don’t deliberately hurt others because I don’t agree with them but hackers and many who disagree do, he said perhaps what you say hurts them, I said the Truth only hurts if you are in error and the Scriptures confirm this, he looked at me for a long time and said your right.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

    • Anne, I know. I am getting use to the persecution so much it doesn’t bother me anymore. Of course I chalk that up to the good Lord because he has taught me how not to be offended. Now, when it does happen I feel sorry for people and I pray for them. What really gets to me are the highly intelligent souls who completely miss it!

      I don’t know what Karma really is…..do you ?

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

      • This is really condensing it Cathy or you would have to publish my comment as a book but in answer to what Karma is, it is often confused with other worldly views some of which are connected with Reincarnation especially with New Age teaching. Karma originated with The Hinduism and Buddhism religions. It sounds good and is much the same as we believe on the surface, in that we reap what we sow but they also believe that in doing good you will receive good and so seek rewards, this is their motivation not God’s Love, as well as having a better level or position in the next life on earth, this includes all animals too. But I have wondered how cockroaches get a better level , perhaps it’s how many times they wipe their feet before they invade our pantries. 🙄

        They believe there is good and bad Karma, I was told I was bad Karma because I was a Christian and therefore spoke lies about their god, they do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and that He is the only way to the real God because He is in Truth The Godhead, three in one or being one in Three, The Trinity.

        I was thinking Cathy about doing a Post on Cults etc to help people realise the deception that they present, like with Karma it can be propagated as something good when it is not, the core of it is Idolatry or belief in a Pagan or Heathen god. I think I will wait till after Halloween though as the deception that even some Christian accept with this also needs to be uncovered. I would like to link your message so let me know when you do it.

        Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

      • Anne, what a great description! You have a calling there girl! As I was reading your post about Karma before you told me you were thinking of doing a post on cults, I thought you should….I believe God is telling you something here. You have a gift here of explaining the differences quite well.

        I get that you were saying if you don’t believe as they do you have bad karma? So Karma in and of itself is a view or belief? To me I have almost thought of Karma as something tangible….I guess that is silly.

        I am terrible at distinguishing the differences of like Hindu, Buddhism, or what is it that religion Madonna is? oh and what about the Bahai’ faith? I know a girl I went to college with who left Christianity and is now deep into the Bahai religion. And about 8 years ago we did a mentorship with the college Mark worked for with foreign exchange students. We had this wonderful young very intelligent Pakistani girl who was Hindu. She came from a well to do family as her father was a doctor. It was like every religion to her had relevance or was agreeable with anything.

        Are all of these considered cults? And just a thought here; You seem to have the knowledge why not write some series of posts on each one? And for those like me who are totally incompetent on these issues, write it so we can understand it! And include atheism /agnosticism. For the most part I don’t think people believe these are harmful; and it almost sounds as if they make things up as they go along? let me know your thoughts.

        Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

      • Anne, I forgot about the roaches part? Do they regard them like the Rat Temple in India?

        Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

  3. It’s draining being negative in the mind & heart! Life or death is in the tongue!
    God Bless You, Cathy!

  4. Hi Cathy, thank you for your encouragement, it is very much appreciated, yes I also believe God is calling me to address the problem of Cults as their false teaching has infiltrated into our Churches, the majority of their members are deceived but some deliberately seek to destroy the real Church of God, by teaching error that does great harm, they are not people of Love but fear.

    Also today many Christians don’t have assurance that is stable because what is needed for this is not being taught even though it is in the Scriptures, it does not mean they are not saved but that they are not walking in Victory and are in danger of loosing their rewards. Their understanding of God is also in error and so they have deep seated fear. Yes Cathy God’s Truth and it is the only Truth, is very much needed to put to death Satan’s lies that abound today, that has put the Church in darkness and many have fallen away from God’s Truth and are believing deceiving spirits as was prophesised and so they are not living in Victory.

    As for rats and cockroaches, if people don’t believe in the Creator God of the Bible then anything else can be a god to them, such as a cow, a building, a Tree, a worldly sinful man, even a statue or Christian symbol such as a picture or a wooden cross etc, these things are reminders of God but are not Him and they have no magic power in themselves, they are their god as they know him, a higher power of their own imagination, but not our God, who is in all that is good and is all things good, He is Love and can do no evil.

    Christian Love Anne.

  5. I agree with Larry Who that there is so much misinformation out there, its impossible to believe everything, and as such I think people have naturally developed a skepticism. Those who haven’t would be considered gullible. And I agree with you, Cathy, that its great to ask questions and gain knowledge. And unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) there’s just so much knowledge to be had, that its impossible for someone to know everything. So we have to just trust authorities – experts in their field, religious leaders, etc – and we believe what they say. And I think everyone does that: Christians believe God/the Bible, atheists believe this-and-that scientist, and so on for other religious people believing their religious authorities. So we are all believing something/Someone, and we are all disbelieving/skeptical of other things/Ones. And I think that where we run into problems (arguments, wars, etc) is that we each believe that our authority is the one correct authority. And THAT is because we have different requirements when choosing who is credible. For example, I think I first heard it from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the idea that people really shouldn’t be trusted – because our brains allow for many things to happen that lead us to getting our story wrong, such as hallucinations, forgetting details over time, and just our own biases when we perceive something – we might perceive the same event completely differently as someone else who saw it, too. Now, for someone who jives with what Tyson thinks, then there goes the credibility of the Bible right there – it is a collection of documents written by people, and thus, knowing the flaws of human brains, there is likely potential for error. But, if you do not jive with Tyson, then you’d think, “hey, the Bible is real, eye-witness accounts, and therefore its completely valid.” So, I guess my point is that even when people are exposed to the same facts (such as that the Bible is multiple eye-witness accounts), it depends on whether or not they think the facts are credible. So that’s why, I think, many Christians don’t understand why someone who KNOWS the Bible was eye-witness accounts of the Truth, would not then become a Christian in an instant! Its because the other person is thinking, “yeah, its eye-witness accounts, so that means nothing.”

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