Richard T. Fowler

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Comment Filtered Out by WordPress — A.D. 2015/11/06

The following comment was posted at

but it did not appear, apparently due to running afoul of one of WordPress’ filters. It was in reply to two comments, from Powers:

and from DD More: .

I assume Tony will release it if he notices it, but in the meantime, here it is.


Well, I see I have some challenges posed to me! This can be difficult for me, because it’s not my blog and sometimes a proper response is too lengthy to warrant posting it here. At the same time, if I just write it up and post it at my blog, then my blog, which was claimed to be principally about climate and energy issues, turns into an apologetics blog. (Alas, I’m not as prolific as Tony in the climate and energy department!) So I’m sometimes in a tight spot when these kinds of questions and challenges arise. Therefore I sometimes let them go. Today, the Lord has laid it on my heart to respond. Do with it what you will.


The proof of the Holy Scriptures is based on our personal experience of God. Faith is blind until this experience happens. Just as science (scientia = “knowledge”, generally applied only to the physical) is blind until it experiences what it predicts (And even then, it can still be uncertain, therefore in a sense “blind”).

There is no practical difference between the two faiths. Both lead to knowledge if and only if the faith being held is in something which is true. If the faith is belief in a false proposition, then both lead to delusion. The only difference is that faith in the true God and His ways leads to knowledge, not only of God, but of earthly matters as well. The same cannot be said of faith in the natural or the physical. This can lead to knowledge of the natural and physical, but by itself it is powerless to lead us to understanding of anything beyond that. So to have faith exclusively in that is to have a dead faith and, ultimately, to have nothing. It’s good for a few neat tricks in the here and now, but what does it lead to? Ultimately, to death of the living and to decay and destruction of the inanimate.


Secrecy is not the Church’s to bestow or to withhold, but only God’s. God prescribes what His children can and cannot, should and should not, look at. He alone has the power to allow, and the power to prevent. He also has power over the effect that a given evil has on us, if we are exposed to it.

A good guideline that I use, however, is that sin is like an infectious disease: it spreads if it is not actively contained.

Therefore, I would hold that a leader does well if he does his best, within the limitations that apply to him (note that latter part, it’s very important!) to contain it.

Many try to distinguish between sins of communication and sins of action. But the one leads to the other, so this is a false distinction.

I would argue that a better test of a good leader is what he believes to be good, what he believes to be evil, to whom he believes he is subject, and what limitations he accepts for his own behavior.

Ultimately, we are each responsible for our own actions, whether we are leaders or not. We each are accountable to God, and not to a man, regardless of what that man may believe or what he may seek to prevent or allow. This is what’s most important: our personal relationship with our creator and our Father, without whom we are nothing and have nothing, not even our health or another second of life. If we intentionally place anything, anything else, between ourselves and that relationship, ill fortune will result from this. And our action can affect others as well. So if we have a leader who does so, that can bring ill fortune, not only to himself, but to many others as well.

Also remember that there are counterfeit versions of God and of Christ, and counterfeit interpretations of Scripture, that are promulgated out there, and to adhere to one of these can be worse than nothing. It’s just another trap that’s set for the unprepared.

One of my favorite parts of The Old Testament is in ZEPHANIAH, because it reveals how we might respond emotionally to these kinds of political challenges and tribulations:


{Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in Ihwh; she drew not near to her Only. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. The just Ihwh is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning does he bring his judgement to light, he fails not; but the unjust know no shame.

{I have cut off the nations: their towers are made desolate; I made their streets waste, that none pass by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. I said, Surely, you will fear me, you will receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

{Therefore wait you upon me, says Ihwh, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, equally all my fierce anger for all the Earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

{For then will I return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Ihwh, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

{In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein you have transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of you them who rejoice in your pride, and you shall no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. I will also leave in the midst of you an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of Ihwh. The remnant of ISRAEL shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.}


Take special note of this part: “The just Ihwh is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity”.

Also, that last paragraph of the passage will be hard for many to understand, without comparing to other Scriptures. But briefly, his holy mountain is a reference to his Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. And, the passage I’ve quoted starts out addressing the enemy, but addressing him in the third person. But it ends up addressing him in the second person. Ultimately, there is a message there for God’s children as well, but addressed to us in the third person.

Hard to receive? Yes, but also important, and it is more relevant with each passing day.

Human beings must act on faith, regardless of whether we believe in the authenticity of the Scriptures. None of us, throughout the totality of our life, acts exclusively on what we know (what we “scient”), but what we know is a basis for what we perceive. And what we perceive is the basis of what we believe. And what we believe, if it is true and if the belief is held without doubt, leads to the proof we desperately need. And such proof about God and his Word leads to rebirth and to a new life in Christ. That rebirth is a physical experience which has no analog. To try to explain it here is pointless; I might as well try to explain light to a person born without eyes.

But if we believe in the truth about God, this leads to the proof through personal experience of him and communication with him. As for everything else, all will revealed in the end. Matthew 10:26 ; I Corinthians 13:12.

— R.T. Fowler

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