Chapter 1 - Congratulations
If someone has recommended this book to you, congratulations someone has deemed you worthy. As you turn the pages of this book, you will discover the nature of your worthiness. You already have a healthy relationship with the truth, but what does that mean? What is the nature of truth? Can you ever really know the whole truth? How can you spread the truth to others? All of these questions will be answered.
Most truth comes from the performance and processing of functions. If an archeologist holds a rock in his hand, then he is holding physical evidence. If he takes a picture of that rock, then he is performing a function. Most people will never hold physical evidence in their hand. We must rely on functions and processes.
If an archeologist finds an ancient city, they often perform functions on those artifacts. Those functions might be difficult to interpret at first, so we must process the functions. Scientists are constantly developing new ways to process functions. Statistics and mathematics are commonly used tools for processing functions.
Science can be trustworthy or deceptive. Deceptive science is intended to distort the truth. Trustworthy science is intended to collect and communicate truthful and fruitful information. A trustworthy scientist must bear fruit by way of truth, but what does it mean to bear fruit? The most critical cycle provides us with the answer. We will discuss cycles later.
A valid science is a type of trustworthy science. It has achieved the objectives of trustworthy science. Here’s the problem. Validity is an illusive concept. God has infinite knowledge, but humans have limited capacity for truth. For us, the pursuit of truth is a constant journey. None of our science will ever be completely valid.
Before we discuss the specifics of functions and processes, it’s important to understand their limitations. Functions are not the only way to ascertain truth. For example, prayer can bring us closer to the truth. But functions are favored by scientists. Trustworthy science is difficult to dispute. So, we will use functions and processes, to guide people towards the truth. Consider the following verses from 1 Timothy.
“keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”
(Authorized King James Version, 1 Timothy 6.20-21)
Science comes in many different forms. Some science is trustworthy. Other science is “falsely so called.” People professing false science have often “erred concerning the faith.” The aforementioned quote...
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