Faith Is Based On Knowledge - Andrew Wommack Ministries
Chapter 3: Rimini and the Purpose of Theological Knowledge. relationship between faith and reason is the supposed impact that nominalism had on. Generally speaking, difference between faith and knowledge is clear, but at the This explains how you can begin a personal relationship with God right now. There is no such thing as “blind” faith. Genuine faith is built on facts presented to the mind (John , 31). In the Bible, faith and knowledge.
Weak belief is produced by such things as emotion, vested interest, etc. Biblical faith is a strong belief based upon adequate evidence. Agnostic philosopher Bertrand Russell stated it this way: Biblical faith adheres to the Law of Rationality, and seeks conclusions that have a confidence warranted by the available evidence. In producing biblical faith, both reason and revelation are employed.
Geisler and Feinberg defined these terms as follows: Using capacities for proper reasoning, the Christian builds faith based upon numerous avenues of evidence. Sometimes that evidence may be based upon testimony provided by revelation. Genuine faith derives from facts presented to the mind and from which proper and correct deductions are then drawn John Faith itself is possible only when reason recognizes the trustworthiness of the testimony which produces it: Skeptics, of course, have suggested that reliance upon the testimony of another does not necessarily result in personal knowledge.
Thomas Paine wrote in The Age of Reason: No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make such a communication, if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that person only.
When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and consequently they are not obliged to believe itpp.
Must testimony by necessity be diluted or destroyed simply because it has been passed from generation to generation? We know George Washington lived, even though no one for the past several generations ever set eyes on him. We know of numerous other people and events in the same manner, as a direct result of credible testimony passed faithfully from age to age.
Further, biblical information provides a good test case for the accuracy of information passed from one person to another. Later, Jesus appeared to two men walking in the country. Were they to be commended for their rejection of two different reports that originated with trustworthy eyewitnesses?
No, the disciples were not justified in their disbelief. Thus, the Lord verified the principle that Thomas Paine attempted to refute. If Mary Magdalene had expressed accurately to the disciples what she had seen, and they in turn expressed accurately what they had been told, would this not constitute valid evidence-based testimony of the sort that would warrant genuine faith in the resurrection?
Facts must be reported before they can be believed. It was the testimony given by Paul.
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Faith is thus seen as the acceptance of knowledge based upon credible testimony. The Samaritans, mentioned earlier, believed on the Lord. The fact of their seeing Him did not preclude their believing on Him John 4: There are times, of course, when faith and sight go together. Men sometimes walk by faith because of sight. Many came in obedience to the Lord during His earthly ministry because of what they heard and saw.
During the early years of the church, many believed because of the miracles they saw performed. Much faith was produced by the actual events that were observed by those present. But what of those who have not seen those events firsthand? Do they have any less of a faith than those who witnessed such events? No, faith is not diminished by lack of sight. Thomas had faith after sight.
Today we have faith without sight, because of credible testimony from those who were eyewitnesses. In speaking to this issue, Woods has written: More recently, a much more sophisticated form of subjectivism has appeared wherein faith and knowledge are compartmentalized, put in sharp contrast, and each made to exclude the other.
The allegation is that a proposition which one holds by faith one cannot know by deduction. To do this is to err with reference to both faith and to knowledge!
Biblical faith is built upon a prior understanding knowledge of what is to be believed Any conception of faith that severs it from its objective, epistemological base foundation of knowledge is at variance with biblical teaching!
Rather, one believes on the basis of evidence sufficient to establish the conclusionp. Faith is directly linked to knowledge. Further, knowledge is critical in making faith active. This evidence enlightens the intellect which then makes a volitional commitment not only possible since I now know what to believe but also rational i. Thus, faith is a volitional commitment of an informed intellect! September 5, at 6: My feelings might win this time.
September 6, at 2: To help you understand it, you can use this study https: Perhaps an indication of things to come? September 6, at 3: I scares the living crap out of me that there are billions of people out there making life-changing decisions — decisions that affect my life too — based on knowledge they refuse to evaluate sufficiently. If my worldview accommodated such knowledge, I might not be quite so uncomfortable.
And if you are, may I recommend moving to my country. We have our problems, like every country. But Cape Town is beautiful. And homosexuals have legally been allowed to marry since Is our society worse off for it? One of my cousins is a female doctor, and she is married to a female school teacher. That makes them very happy, which makes my family more happy, not less happy. It is a matter of discipline to remember what God has done for us 2 Corinthians 1: That Philippians verse is particularly inspiring.
But you must know that while I think prayer is a good thing, it is only good in so far as it allows the person praying to quietly think about whatever is on her mind. That, of course, is comforting and helpful. His comfort, the suffering of Christ, that He raises the dead, and that He gives peace. I am sure that Jesus suffered.
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Investigation and contemplation is. And, specifically, investigation beyond just a book and some study guides written by people with an enormous emotional vested interest in one particular perspective. If I were to write to the Corinthians, and try to comfort and inspire them while they were being persecuted, my letter would go more along the lines of, Do you remember every time you called out to God for comfort and blessing?
Every time you cried yourself to sleep, not knowing how you would get yourself out of bed in the morning? Do you remember that you found the strength to carry on, and that you felt the love and support of God, and of those around you? You thought it was God? It was you and your family and your friends! You are stronger than you ever imagined! You can be proud! And grow stronger in the knowledge that all that love you felt, that was entirely the love of your family and friends.
They love you more than you think. And together, you can get through this. No matter what persecution you think you might be faced with in the future, do not feel angry. Do not think of your lost friends. Do not feel sad. You have overcome so much. You can get through this. September 6, at 5: All off us — irrespective of whether we believe in God or not — in some sense live at the behest of our society.
And society is composed of people who disagree over the fundamentals. To explain a little of where I am coming from, there are a number of things that confuse and trouble me about my own faith. Possibly cheif amongst them would be the existence of evil and gratuitous suffering in the face of a good God who we are told has, in some sense, defeated these things.
Other troubling matters would be parts of the OT, the nature of hell and also the hiddenness of God. Rather than atheism just the non-belief or lack of belief in God, I think that it also entails certain things about our existence.
Some of these things I find troubling.
For example, I think that an atheistic universe is inherently amoral and our lives are meaninglessness in the grander sense of things and so on. So aside from worrying that other people are thinking, what is the thing that troubles you specifically about your world-view.
September 6, at 7: Neither of these things are issues for me any more.