Volume 27 | Number 5 | July/August 1999

Inglés Español

The Tide of the Times, #3: "The Human Presupposition"

By Dr. O. Talmadge Spence

If we were to select six sons from any one family of the human race and give to them the very same teacher for their twelve years of public education, we would see individuality anyway. Let us suppose that Technology, Science, Religion, and Art would be the total curriculum for their years. For the sake of our illustration we will designate this entire education as TSRA. This represents the content of all they will have learned.

These sons, at the end of their twelve years of academic achievement, will have inevitably taken the very same instruction and resolved it in their minds differently. This is because there is a fifth inward reality called "a presupposition." This will influence them the rest of their lives with any conclusion they may make for life. This presupposition lies deep within the heart of every man and woman and acts as a pair of looking glasses through which they will read all things and use their ears to hear all things.

One son will spell life's conclusion of TSRA just like that—Tsra, a meaningless word without a dictionary definition. His life will be lived that way—meaningless.

A second son, with a different presupposition, may spell life's conclusion of TSRA as—Rats. His life will be a great tragedy for himself and others.

A third son may spell life's conclusion of study input as Tars—and be a utilitarian person, bringing practical assistance to the human race.

A fourth son may spell his life's meaning as Arts—and lend beauty and aesthetics to the lives of others.

A fifth son may conclude life's meaning as Star—and give to the world a vision of hope or even God.

A sixth son may see that life's meaning must also include a knowledge outside the academic pursuits of study and bring in a new word to his epistemology—Bible. He, by including the Holy Scriptures, would gain the presupposition of BARTS—a German word rooted in the meaning of "strong." He will become a Christian.

Therefore, it is not the academic knowledge, alone, that tells the character of the whole life; it is what the presupposition of the heart is that determines what we really believe in after all.

The Bible makes this truth clear: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23); …for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matthew 12:34b).