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Friday, October 14, 2011

Objectivism and Objective (Justification)

It is reported that the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is a self-avowed "Objectivist to the core".  In another article on Objectivism (Ayn Rand) it states: 
The name "Objectivism" derives from the idea that human knowledge and values are objective: they exist and are determined by the nature of reality, to be discovered by one's mind, and are not created by the thoughts one has. (italics mine)
This blog post is about the doctrine of "Objective Justification".  By 'objective' the fathers of the Missouri Synod sometimes used the Latin "extra nos" or outside oneself versus "inter nos", from one's own thoughts.  The Bible has something to say about this idea:
1 Cor. 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
So the Bible teaches there is an objective truth that man cannot conceive by himself... it is extra nos or outside him or objective.  Man can only get it from God's Word, the Bible.  And what is the fundamental truth found only in the Bible?
John 3:16 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.
All sinful man is justified already! Only believe it, this objective truth!  This is objective justification, the Gospel itself.

Now it does not appear by all that has been written about Jimmy Wales that he believes this objective truth (i.e. that he is a Christian).  It is only by the working of the Holy Spirit through the Word that anyone can believe it.

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