• Trey Harper

Will Not. Will TOO!

From time to time you will encounter people who purport to know something about the Bible. With Texas passing their anti-abortion bill I have seen a few posts where people claim that scripture is used out of context, and that Christians should not be upset that babies are being murdered. While abortion is sinful and scripture makes that statement in several ways, this article is about factual arguing, not abortion. Social media has given people a platform so that they can appear to share knowledge. While most of this so-called knowledge is in actuality opinion, there are times when facts are asserted and should be considered; thus, we shall here.

“The sky is green!” (insert color-blind joke here). The color of the sky is a statement of fact, not opinion. There is no emotion or deduction imbedded in the statement- rather, it is objectifiable fact. While the statement is of a factual basis it is also something else: WRONG. The sky is not green, it is (typically) blue. None of this has anything to do with an opinion; both are facts, and one is a lie, the other true. Many cannot fathom that people can be wrong about facts. Let’s look at a Biblical example.

“You will not surely die”. Satan lies to Eve in Genesis 3.4. The statement is not an opinion; but is a fact, and a lie. When Eve and Adam eat the forbidden fruit sin enters the world, and through sin, death (Romans 5). Satan was wrong. Just because something is said out loud does not make it true, even if it is a fact.

Here is another fact that happens to also be true: “[God] commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17.30-31) It’s not an opinion, belief, or hypothesis- the statement is an objectifiable fact, offering proof for testing (the raising of Jesus from the dead). You can consider the statement a lie, but it is not an opinion.

One last fact: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3.36) The judge is willing to pardon all who set their opinions and inaccurate facts aside to follow the commands He has lovingly provided.