Most people want to know the truth, but think they are too smart to fall for propaganda. This isn’t true. Everyone susceptible to cultural programming. The spiritual axiom is a tool to help you avoid these traps.
We firmly agree with the assertion of Socrates. He says the seeking the truth is a worthwhile endeavor, even if the answers you find only uncover what isn’t true. When you can determine fact from fiction, you open the door to spiritual freedom.
“Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance. We are even comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know. When we first start facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives. But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better. In fact, you want more! It’s true that many people around you now may think you are weird or even a danger to society, but you don’t care. Once you’ve tasted the truth, you won’t ever want to go back to being ignorant.” — Socrates
We will show you how these tools which help you distinguish fact from fiction, and won’t need advanced knowledge of mathematics or philosophy.
Defining The Spiritual Axiom
The word Axiom comes from the Greek axíōma, which means something worthy, or self-evident. Axioms or maxims separate fact from fiction. You can use them in everyday life. It will surprise you at what you discover.
The following set of tools show us to issues with the argument’s construction or premises and help us spot problems with arguments. So review the list to keep these axioms them fresh in your mind. In this way, they help us spot issues with arguments attempting to deceive and distract us. These tools are easy to learn.
When people ask where to start with their study of logic and rational thinking, it’s here with these 12 axioms. It is a spiritual axiom toolkit that will give them an immediate return on the time invested.
Don’t be afraid. Logic is good. The most powerful mental tools are easy to use. If you want to know the truth, these tools are a must. They find the ways people misuse arguments. So when you spot violations of these axioms, stop and investigate further. The chances are you will uncover other logical fallacies.
We call them spiritual axioms because they are common sense tools and, since we are spiritual entities, these can apply to many areas of our lives. These axioms are one of the three tools at the core of a rational thinking toolkit. Together, these three tools are essential for today’s world. You’ll find plenty of places to use these tools. Let’s jump right in.
Know the Truth — The Truth-Seekers Axioms
People sell us ideas with arguments, and that is why it is important to learn the tactics people use to misuse arguments.
1. Repeating A Lie Does Not Make it True
Repeating a lie is first on the list. It’s the most common tactic of unscrupulous politicians and religion, and It is also the primary element in modern advertising. It’s how to make a false premise acceptable. Repetition gets us to buy useless things like diet water and ideologies. The beauty of this ploy is that it’s almost invisible. Unless you look for it, you won’t see it.
It doesn’t matter how absurd the argument, repetition can make something believable. The more often we see or hear it, the more we believe it. It’s why advertising works. Using several types of communication methods helps to spread and solidify the message.
Slogans or symbols increase the belief in the message, so you repeat your slogans and you have the perfect propaganda formula. Everyone will remember the lies about Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. It all came together with the slogan, lock her up!
The argument works like this, XYZ is true because many people think it is accurate or because some charismatic celebrity endorses it. Therefore, wide social acceptance means XYZ is true. Don’t fall for this ploy. Just remember, false information remains false. Repetition does not make something accurate. It is a spiritual axiom which will uncover this deception which is used by religion, politics and advertising. When you can spot this one, it will save you a lot of time and money. Don’t buy until you know the truth behind the claims.
2. The Scarcity of Truth Does Not Make it a Lie
When someone tries to discredit facts because of a lack of their occurrence, they may be using sacristy as an excuse. New ideas, facts, and sources are often scarce. Otherwise, they would already be well-known facts.
Western religion is well-know for removing sources which contradict their worldview. Some form of the Inquisition survives to this day. It’s what religions do to root out what they call heresy. It’s happening today in the middle east where many ancient archeological treasures are being destroyed by Muslim and Christians alike. Scary stuff.
Remember, the scarcity of data does not mean the data is false, and a fact remains a fact, even if you can only find it in one place. Don’t fall for it. The answer to this fallacy is doing your research. Uncovering deception often reveals how people destroy evidence. We must consider additional facts if we want to know the truth, even contradicting our current understanding.
3. Ad hominem Attack
Ad hominem is short for ‘argumentum ad hominem.’ It is Latin for to the person. This is where you attack the credibility of the person to distract from the real issue. This tactic is often used with crowds to trigger emotions of fear and anger, works well as a slogan when used with repetition. We’ve already given an example. Lock her up! It’s short, so even the intellectually challenged can follow along, and it avoids dealing with the facts.
Pro tip. Keep the spiritual axiom list available during all political campaigns.
4. The Duck Principle or Plagiarism
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. And if it also has feathers and webbed feet like a duck, it is a duck. When someone tries to sell you a duck by a different name, and it is still just a duck.
Plagiarism is taking the work of another and passing them off as your own. It is a breach of common ethics. You would not expect a religious organization that is supposed to be an example of moral behavior to engage in this type of violation. But you’d be wrong. Western theology is built on plagiarism.
They have an interesting tactic to get around this moral dilemma. And it is a spiritual axiom they must violate. They must hide their true origins. They are a rebranding of the mystery religions. These are the mythologies from Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Assyria. In their internal documents, they tell the truth and a round about way.
… the Church has borrowed without hesitation from the common stock of significant actions known to all periods and to all nations. In such matters as these, Christianity claims no monopoly or originality. — The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907)
See How The Originators Become the Heretics
The Church claims earlier pagan traditions are preconceived forgeries of the Devil. In this way, the originators become the forgers. It makes the people who created their doctrines the heretics. And it gives the Church the right to persecute them for practicing the things they created.
It sounds crazy. How does this work? They claim the Devil told Pagans about the future doctrines of the Church so they could duplicate them. This is how these Pagans could know about all the doctrines, symbols and rituals eons before the Church existed. Does this argument make sense? No. It also creates another problem.
The problem with this argument is that it assigns omniscience, the ability to know all things, to the Devil. Ops. The Devil shouldn’t have the attribute of omniscience, only God is supposed to know everything. How is the Devil able to do that? That makes little sense. Still, they hold on to the argument that the earlier Pagan practices are preconceived forgeries. That way, they can plagiarize anything. It is the spiritual axiom organized religion violates at every turn.
Sadly, this argument works with those in the Church. Believers and clergy alike cannot admit their religion is a copy of Pagan mythology. It would destroy their credibility and give credence to the original Pagan beliefs.
This argument proves the only thing crazier than an imaginary friend is an imaginary enemy.
5. If a Document Says ABC, it doesn’t mean XYZ
It’s a favorite tactic of a used car salesperson. Even though the speedometer says the car has 100,000 miles, trust me, it only has 50,000 miles. It’s how people try to explain away problems with their sacred texts. They claim the text means something other than what it says, and then cherry-pick what they hold as authoritative while ignores the inconsistencies.
The argument is that even though the divinely inspired text says XYZ, what God meant was ABC. This argument is often necessary when a religion develops doctrines that contradict or go beyond its sacred texts’ scope. You will often find this tactic along with one or more of the other logical fallacies. Similarly, they chose which parts of the holy books are sacred and which they could ignore because we don’t believe that way.
The next in our list of tools deal with the denial of science and logical reasoning. Denial is a common tactic in both religion and politics. The spiritual axiom of seeking the truth is based on finding the facts.
6. Discrediting Valid Science Just Because
This violates common sense and is easy to spot. People are often straightforward with their denial of the facts. Some are proud of their denial. Learn to question those who debunk legitimate science. History, chemistry, archaeology, and astronomy are superior to mythology and superstition. Use sciences, not myth, to confirm the reliability of all data.
Secular sciences and disciplines are not evil, but some religions claim that any sciences which contradicts their traditions and are equivalent to a wrong against God. It’s simple. To believe the evidence of science is heresy. Don’t fall for this ploy. Learn the truth and accept the conclusions of valid scientific evidence.
Of all the truth-seekers axioms, this one has the most profound effect on common sense. The popular culture dominated by religion systematically trains people to deny science.
7. False Positive Association
This is the tactic of linking crazy ideas and outright lies with legitimate sources. The idea is to piggyback or closely associate your false premise with facts. It is how religion uses facts to justify outrageous claims. For example, the sky is blue, so that means blue is God’s favorite color. This is the kind of logic rampant in Western theology.
Testing the validity, applicability, and reliability is the key. Testing the data will often reveal how their premises fail to apply to the data they are trying to piggyback. They often use circular logic to around this dilemma. They say since XYZ is valid, whatever they associate with it must be valid too. When this happens, we need to ask if the association is valid.
Here’s a prime example. There is an empty tomb in Israel, and this is a fact. But that doesn’t mean your imaginary friend was buried there and then awoke from the dead. The association with an empty grave has no basis, in fact, with your imaginary friend.
8. False Negative Association
Falsely associating a fact or truth with a lie does not turn it into a lie. Be aware of the attempt to associate a socially unacceptable or religiously undesirable idea with viable data. It’s an attempt to render the fact unsuitable. Some use this ploy to make whole subjects or sources off-limits. In this way, their clientele won’t even approach the subject, let alone turn their brains on and begin thinking about it. Excluding useful sources, topics, or legitimate sciences is limiting and prejudicial.
Another sign of this tactic is banning books, prohibiting subjects or authors. If someone makes a list of what you should not read, that is Censorship.
9. The Use of Emotions to Determine Truth
It is a natural reaction to protect what you believe from threats. When you encounter facts that challenge your current worldview, you will act to protect your current belief system — even if the data is accurate. Instinctively, you react to protect your existing worldview, no matter what it is.
We understand intellectually that our emotions can not tell us if something is true or false. However, when something violates our sacred ground, we still react. When you feel some idea or fact threatening your emotional equilibrium, stop and take a break.
Remember the spiritual axiom regarding emotions. Use the break to regroup and then start by validating the facts.
You need to realize that religious arguments revolve around triggering your fight-or-flight or freeze response. Triggering fear and anger keeps you from asking the tough questions that underpin the misuse of argument. It teaches believers to attack anything that threatens the belief system And it is why we recommend the use of emotional checks. Take a break and get your mind off the subject every 15 minutes to maintain your emotional equilibrium.
Conversely, religions use this tactic in reverse. They use your emotions to keep you a paying customer. They feed them what makes them feel good. So, they build religions that are entertainment rather than inner work. It’s all about making you feel good so that you will support them. They need your money.
10. Mysticism as a Proof of Divine Authorship
This strategy has been around for eons. If they can get you to believe whatever they are selling came from God, then it must be true. The argument goes like this; I know something I can’t communicate or prove to you. However, my mystical experience alone is proof of divine authorship. Its use in Western religion is traceable to Rome’s Persian mystery cults of the first century C.E. The Persian Eureka model typically goes: If you get it, you got it. If you didn’t get it, you can’t understand it, but there is no way to be sure you got it. Get it?
You’ll often find this argument made by a seller with a superiority complex. They want you to feel inferior for not experiencing or knowing what they know. However, there is no objective proof of or for their mystical experience. But they don’t want you to use logic and common sense to disprove it. Do not fall for this one. Experience is not a measure of truth.
11. Misuse of Context
Taking things out of context invalidates the conclusions, it violates common sense and logic. You can take things out of context to make a truly convincing but invalid argument.
For instance, we’ll show how to prove that the Apostles of the New Testament drove an automobile, and not only did they drive a car, we can tell you the make and model! Just look at the following scripture: So continuing daily with one accord in the temple. Acts 2:46a (N.K.J.). We prove the Apostles arrived in a Honda Accord station wagon through context misuse. Accord is the name of a Honda, and it must be a station wagon for them all to fit.
Of course, this argument is nonsense, but the conclusions here pale compared to the creativity of some religious institutions. The truth-seeker should always be on the lookout for the proper context. Finding the appropriate context takes considerable backtracking in some ancient texts, but the effort is still well worth it.
12. Determine the Validity and Reliability of Data
Take nothing at face value. All the other truth-seekers axioms or spiritual axioms lead you to this one. So, if want to know the truth, check their sources, validate the source of data before coming to your conclusions. The key to accurate, reliable research is checking out where the information originated. Then determining if it is valid. You should ask who, what, where, when, and why:
— Where is the data from?
— When did the research take place?
— Who did the research?
— What is the scope of the research behind the data?
— How do you know the source is accurate?
— Are there any contradictory sources?
— What is the source of the source’s information?
— Who else references this data?
These questions align with the scientific method, which promotes healthy skepticism. Science is the process which has brought us all the advancements of our modern world.
What Will Set Your Mind Free? It is a Spiritual Axiom!
Here’s a quick review to summarize or list of maxims. These mental tools are only helpful if you remember to use them.
1) Repeating A Lie Does Not Make it True.
2) The Scarcity of Truth Does Not Make it a Lie.
3) Ad hominem Attack.
4) The Duck Principle and Plagiarism.
5) If a Document Says ABC, it doesn’t mean XYZ.
6) Discrediting Valid Science Just Because.
7) False Positive Association.
8) False Negative Association.
9) The Use of Emotions to Determine Truth.
10) Mysticism as a Proof of Divine Authorship.
11) Misuse of Context.
12) Determine the Validity and Reliability of Data.
Use These Spiritual Axioms Daily
Uncovering deception is a necessity in our world. These 12 axioms will help you discern the facts from the fiction, if you put them to use. So we recommend reviewing these twelve gems of wisdom regularly.
The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work 1907: https://openlibrary.org/books/OL23419848M/The_Catholic_encyclopedia_an_international_work_of_reference_on_the_constitution_doctrine_discipline
The content of this article is from How to Find the Truth: A truth-seeking guide for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and anyone with a desire to find the truth. By J.J.B. 2001.