"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord..." Isaiah 1:18
Paine "reasoned" himself into rejecting not just Christianity and the way it was practiced around him, but the entire revealed Word of God, Old Testament and New, the Bible:
The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.
Yet, he also wrote:
I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.
There is no other conclusion but that the "God" he believed in was something other than the God of the Bible if the basis for his belief was his own imagination about what is or is not revealed truth.
Jesus Christ claimed to be the promised Messiah, and he claimed to be God. Either he was or he wasn't. The only way to know this is to examine the entire Bible carefully. As I said before, all of Christianity rises or falls on the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus was a liar, and the Apostles were liars, then the Bible is rejected as false because it contains unequivocal claims to be the Word of God (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:16-21).
Paine or anyone else is welcome and encouraged to question everything they believe. However, if one rejects the Biblical revelation of God as truth then there is no other standard by which to measure one's conclusions except the imaginations of men. By rejecting the Bible as God's Word, while maintaining belief in a God, Paine invented his own version of God.
As it says in Romans 1:18-22:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,..."
Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father
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