“Cogito Ergo Sum” (I think, therefore I am) is one of the most famous statements made by Philosopher Rene Descartes. These are the key words to Descartes’ rationale philosophy. Of course when Descartes made this statement he based this off of his seven premises of rationale where for the most part he debates himself into a corner. These are his seven premises of rationale:
1. That in order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of life to doubt, as far as possible of all things. (Which in essence means that we should not take things on faith)
2. We should also consider as false all that is doubtful. (So, if we doubt it, it is presumed to be false.)
3. That we ought not meanwhile to make use of doubt in the conduct of life. (Basically, we shouldn’t walk around in life doubting all the time.)
4. We may doubt of sensible things. (We can doubt the senses because senses can be fooled.)
5. We may also doubt mathematical equations. (In essence, you still must prove what is true.)
6. That we possess a free-will, by which we can withhold our approval from what is doubtful, and thus avoid error.
7. That we cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt, and that this is the first knowledge we acquire when we philosophize in order.
In these seven premises that Descartes discusses at length throughout his life studies, he finds himself coming back to this one firm belief: “If I didn’t exist then I couldn’t think. Therefore I know I exist because I think.” But in this existence there is still doubt as to what is true; therefore all truth is subjective. This is all according to Descartes.
Descartes was considered to be a philosopher that focused on rationalism and logic. The problem was the bases to all of his premises were extremely subjective. When truth is subjective we can get ourselves to believe almost anything. The enemy loves to get us sucked into subjective truth. It can lead us deep down a dark and twisted rabbit hole. If he can get us to think distorted thoughts about who we are in Christ he knows that soon we will believe it to be who we truly are. This week are going to take bit more time to see how the enemy lures us into the rabbit hole of believing and trusting in self-righteousness However, unlike Descartes we know beyond a shadow of doubt that God is real and that there is absolute truth. We know that His word is absolute truth. We know that His truth brings freedom from all sin and self-righteousness. Therefore, this Sunday we will take time to discover the deceptive lures of self-righteousness and how to be set free from this subjective thinking. We will then look at the light of absolute truth and how we attain and walk daily in true righteousness. Church family I am excited to see all that God is going to do in us as we continue to discover the liberating truth of the righteousness of Christ. I hope to see you all this Sunday.
Love you all,