How can we escape ourselves?

Hello friends, I’ve been thinking about the presupposition that “we cannot escape ourselves”. I’d like to share a few thoughts which came to mind. If I had more time, I could probably go into more detail, but this will have to do, at least for now. Please bear with the roughness of this draft. Since this is informal, let me get to the heart of the matter, assuming a working knowledge of some terms, and assuming we cannot escape ourselves….

If we cannot escape ourselves, we cannot escape autonomy, if we cannot escape autonomy, we cannot escape subjectivism, if we cannot escape subjectivism, we cannot escape personal relativism, if we cannot escape personal relativism, we can never really know anything for certain (including the existence of God)!

Despite the common experience of people making claims to knowledge, despite the fact Science which deals with phenomena outside of self operates on the assumption that we can know reality objectively, despite the fact the laws of logic are observable (in practice) outside of self and cannot be accounted for by self.

In a sense, we cannot escape ourselves; that is without the monergistic work of God in salvation, without Christ as Lord, without acknowledging God as Creator, we cannot truly escape ourselves. And yet, this is preciously a reason (not to mention total depravity) why so many non-Christians are opposed to the whole notion that we can know reality….objectively, that is reality outside of ourselves. The whole notion of objective knowledge, leads directly to God, to His authority, Theonomy (the antitheis of autonomy), the self-attesting authority of Christ (outside of self), the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture (outside of self).

However, sinful mankind suppresses the truth of God’s existence, and inconsistently, whether admitted or not, are private objectivists. People cannot and do not live out personal relativism consistently with all it’s implications as an all-encompassing epistemology. In other words, if people did not inconsistently escape themselves, how could people make meaningful knowledge claims? Have you not heard anyone say “well that may be true for you, but not for me”? How could people even trust their own senses enough to make meaningful judgments which impact everyday life? We could not, however I am comforted by the assurance that, because God created the facts, and we are made in the image of God, and in God we live and move and have our being, we can know with certainty of reality outside of ourselves.

In short, only a Christian saved by the grace of God can escape themselves, however the non-Christian also created in the image of God, borrows from the knowledge they suppress. Finally, our epistemology is compatibilistic, meaning we acknowledge some truths are personal relative, however at the same time we acknowledge other objective truth which is true outside of our existence and accurately describes reality, the way it is.

Praise God for freeing us from ourselves! Praise the Lord for His Lordship over our lives!  Praise the Lord for His “special Revelation” persevered and passed down to future generations. Praise our Triune God for making Himself known in God the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior.

Btw, I am accustomed to writing somewhat brief posts on messageboards (usually in response), and I am sorry if this has been a confusing read, and pray that someone out there, may benefit from this. Thank you for taking the time and effort. God bless and Soli Deo Gloria!


2 thoughts on “How can we escape ourselves?

  1. This is a very interesting post. I think there are some loose ends in my mind that could use some tidying up.

    First, if you get someone to that point where they acknowledge they can’t have true knowledge of reality is that a refutation?

    Secondly, would you subscribe to the position that true knowledge is unavoidable because to deny knowledge asserts the knowledge to deny it?

    Lastly, how does this fit into the post modern mindset. Does the post modern deny the universality of logic, do they embrace contradiction, do they deny all knowledge, do they reject objective sense perception?

    Perhaps you could tie up these loose ends. Thanks God bless.

  2. Hello pochoa1, thank you for taking time to comment and ask questions. I’ll try to be brief, to the first question, I believe so, but it’s important to explain the way to true knowledge, or better stated, the only true starting point, the Lordship of Christ. To the second question, which is especially good and thoughtful, I think the answer is in the question. It’s kind of like the person who say’s “everything is relative”, and the question that follows “is that absolutely true”? Autonomous worldviews are self-refuting, or self-referentially absurd. To the third question, Postmodernists deny absolute truth (apply consistently to everything mentioned), and so they are inconsistent, in their knowledge claims, borrowing from the truth they suppress. Unfortunately, the postmodern mindset has had quite an impact within Christianity over the past century. Dr. Van Til sent out warnings, he refuted the post-moderns, the neo-orthodox of his day, and those same arguments and criticisms are just as valid today, as they were then. Soli Deo Gloria!

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