Experience is never self-interpreting but must be carefully examined. Religious knowledge for the Christian can come with experience, but the truth of the Christian faith has to stand upon biblical teaching. Biblical revelation claims to be God’s act of communicating to us about life from outside the human realm of experience. God took the initiative to communicate with human beings in their language to reveal His nature and ways of relating to humanity. A strong Christian faith is built upon a revelation from God that is public and testable. The Christian faith, therefore, cannot be anti-intellectual. Can There Be Faith Without Learning? With a no is not limiting faith or biblical revelation. It is only saying that we human beings are limited in our ability to know spiritual truth.
We need to realize with humility that our limitations in knowledge apply to knowing both from the world’s store of knowledge and from the Bible. The Bible is inspired and true, but we are not similarly inspired. Without some learning, misleading ideas and gross distortions of the truth can be presented as God’s truth. If faith or biblical knowledge is just believing that God opens my mind to truth regardless of my study, then no one can ever prove my faith to be in error. A certainty in the truthfulness of God’s Word will have to come from testing the Bible’s truth claims as we would any other truth claim. I Have a Question: If a very religious man in a.d. 1000 became a monk, he would become very spiritual by just doing spiritual things and without studying a lot of the knowledge of the world. Wouldn’t it be best today to do the same thing—pull back from the world and concentrate on spiritual things? o First of all, history tells us that monks and monasteries were very often at the center of learning in medieval culture. Second, while a person could concentrate on fasting and prayer in an isolated, monastic life, in our culture today the world
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- Fall '10
- bible, Faith, Christian faith