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Religious Statements that Self-Destruct

Updated on October 13, 2016
A different lens.
A different lens.
What, I'm judging by saying that you are being judgmental?
What, I'm judging by saying that you are being judgmental?
No need to redefine it, it is absolutely wrong period.
No need to redefine it, it is absolutely wrong period.

There are many different religious statements that people make, but when held under closer scrutiny they self destruct. Although thay may initially sound solid, they crumble to the precedence of Scripture, or logic. This article will do a simple examination of religious statements that are cloaked in doctrine that self-refute (self-destruct).

Statement that Refute Themselves


Statement - "The Bible says we are not to judge others, and you are judging me."

Response - "You are making a judgement that I am judging you."


It is true that the Bible says that we are not to judge, but it makes distinctions on what we can and cannot judge. When we call someone judgmental because we don’t like it, we are making a judgment ourselves; therefore, becoming hypocritical by not adhering to the rule that you are trying to enforce.


Statement - "There is no such thing as absolute truth."

Response - "It is an absolute statement to say that there is no such thing as absolute truth."


When relative "truth," or personal opinion attempt to justify an evil act of child molestation, it attempts to undermine the absolute truth is that it is always wrong. The effects of child molestation have never been shown to be a good thing; therefore, it is an absolute truth that it is, and always will be wrong.


Statement - "No worldview is exclusively true."

Response - "To claim that no worldview is exclusively true is to claim that it is exclusively true to have a worldview that no worldview is exclusively true."


When something is true, there is no opposite. Contrary beliefs are possible, but not contrary truths.


Statement - "New Ageism and following Christ can both be true systems of belief."

Response - "The opposite of this statement cannot be true because opposites cannot be both true, and not true at the same time."


Following the way of Christ and New Ageism are either true, or a false belief system of belief. Additionally, to syncretize both beliefs systems together mixes both true and counterfeit forms of worship to both Jesus Christ and Satan. They cannot be both worshiped at the same time; it is one, or the other.

So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and NEITHER COLD NOR HOT, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16

Accuracy and precision of meaning
Accuracy and precision of meaning

Statement - "There are no good reasons for believing in God."

Response - "There are good reasons for believing that there are no good reasons for believing in God."


There are good and bad reasons for believing in God, but that does not mean that God is irrelevant.


Statement - "There are no fixed meanings."

Response - "To understand that there are no fixed meanings is saying there is a fixed meaning that there are no fixed meanings."


Something that has no precise and accurate definition can lead to confusion. It is important to define the terms first.

Statement - "Reality cannot be truly known."

Response - "There has to be a known reality in this world to claim that there is no reality that can be known."


To deny reality is the reality that reality can be denied, which means there is a reality; to deny reality, there must be a reality to do so.


Statement - "All people will be saved."

Response - "All people will be saved denies those who freely choose not to be saved."


We either have a free will, or we don’t. Self-surrender becomes involuntary, which is an oxymoron.


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

Testing the Claims

There are a lot more claims that lead to self-defeating results. It wants to be anchored and un-anchored at the same time. By emerging, it submerges.

We must be careful to not give credence to the claims of self-defeating “truths.” The claims of "hope" can lead to disaster. Re-focusing on faith can become a distortion of it. Something that is deemed to be generous can be dangerous. A new kind of something is actually may be an alienation from the truth. Sand may be promoted as solid rock.

Something that is sincere with good deeds may not equate to authenticity. Being universally inclusive will never have the exclusivity of absolute truth. Attempting both is self-defeating.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES. - 2 Timothy 4:3-4

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      graceinus 

      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Thank you.

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      PlanksandNails 

      4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      I believe "unity" is being in one accord with Jesus Christ; therefore, there is no double-mindedness, which is often in self-defeating statements.

      For example, the "pastor" who asked the question on how he could make his church members love him did not like the responses he got for his question. He then went on to say to the respondents answers he did not like that they were being condemning and judgmental. He had no clue that it was self-defeating and hypocritical to not adhere to a belief he cannot uphold himself.

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      graceinus 

      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I do have one further comment or should I say a question. I believe Christ's true church is strictly spiritual. With that said, would you agree that these issues or points you've made above would NOT be found in Christ true church? Due to the fact there is unity in the body of Christ. Those who have the church within them have this unity as opposed to those who " go to church"?

      Many blessings.

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      PlanksandNails 

      4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Northwind,

      You are right that pointing out an action is not a judgement, but could be merely an observation. There are many who would deem it as a judgement because they do not want you to acknowledge their behavior(s) for what they are. It is true, many love reciting John 3:16, but many do not know about the remaining verses 17-21.

      Thank-you for your thoughts.

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      North Wind 

      4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Planksandnails,

      This is a good topic. I am very familiar with these types of statements especially the ones on judgment. One thing that I have observed is that judgment, when it is complete, involves passing sentence. Simply stating that an action is sin is not judgment. I am also familiar with the statement that all people will be saved. I do not understand why it is so hard for people to read the entire Chapter of John 3.

      I appreciate the article very much.

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      PlanksandNails 

      4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      I'm glad you found it of interest. Of course, you can freely take from this article and use it for whatever purposes you would like to use it for. God Bless.

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      graceinus 

      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN, this is one of the most interestion Hub's I have read in a long time. Many of your points I have not thought of before. I hope you don't mind if I write down a few notes on some of the points you've made. Thanks for sharing and great Hub.

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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      P&N,

      Thanks for sharing the important truths in each of your examples.

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      Harold Markham 

      5 years ago from Notheast, Wisconsin

      Keep up the good work my likeminded brother.

      HD

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