Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Argument from Self Refuting Worldviews


Have you ever noticed how sunglasses (or ski goggles) change the colour of everything but that your brain quickly forgets this? Your worldview is just like this. Everyone has a worldview, but most of us are unaware of it and unaware of how this set of beliefs colours how we see the world. And if you think you don’t have these beliefs isn’t that a belief?!

The question is not whether or not you have a worldview but whether or not your worldview is the right one. However, all non-biblical worldviews are self-refuting. They are illogical and break laws of logic such as the law of non-contradiction – something can’t be right while simultaneously being wrong.

The biblical worldview is internally consistent and accounts for universal laws, such as the laws of logic, laws of nature, and laws of morality. They exist because they are a reflection of the character and mind of God. In contrast, other worldviews cannot account for these laws adequately. For example, if the evolutionary worldview is true and we just evolved by chance random processes, there would be no basis for any universal laws to exist. How would you even know that your brain had evolved the correct thinking processes in order to actually know anything?

Many Westerners these days hold to an atheistic or agnostic worldview that is based on empiricism. This says that true knowledge can only be known by the scientific method. However, this view is self-refuting because it cannot be scientifically tested. (I shared this with a very intellectual atheist recently and he said, “Oh, I hadn’t thought of that.”)
We all know instinctively that God exists, and to argue otherwise is like someone trying to argue that air doesn’t exist – and at the same time breathing! Atheists have no good explanation for why laws of logic exist – but have to use them in order to try to argue against the Bible – so they are actually stealing constantly from the biblical worldview without realising it!

Buddhism, attractive to many who are anxious to rid themselves of biblical morality, refutes itself by the teaching you should strive to have no desires, but this is a desire within itself. This is clearly not a desirable state to be in.

Likewise, Hinduism is self-refuting because it says it is not possible to know knowledge, but that is knowledge within itself. The belief that everything is just an illusion is an illusion itself. Many Westerners have unknowingly embraced this ‘knowledge’. They say, ‘there is no absolute truth’. But is this absolutely true?

Islam refutes itself because Allah is so transcendent and unknowable that nothing in human experience is comparable to him. But laws of logic are part of human experience. So where do they come from if they are not a reflection of the mind of God? In order, to refute the biblical worldview they have to use the biblical worldview which alone accounts for the laws of logic.

The biblical worldview is the only self-consistent worldview that does not refute itself. It explains why we have laws of logic, laws of nature, and laws of morality – they are a reflection of the creator God revealed to us in the Bible.

You might have read all of this and still be thinking you don’t accept it as true for you because ‘truth is just relative’. However, this is an absolute truth statement, so this too is self-refuting.

If only the sceptics would be sceptical about their scepticism!


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