Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


September 28, 2009

The late Dr. Francis Schaeffer taught me the word: epistemology. In short, how do you know what you know?

But what does it say? The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
- Romans 10:8-10 TNIV

It's not just what we know, or claim to know, but how we come to know it; on what basis do we know what we know? A great deal of Christian conversation this day is actually speculation. We're often talking about what happens to "innocents," and children born in other religious contexts. That sort of conversation leads us toward what we are less than sure about--speculation. Here's what we know: If a person genuinely trusts in Christ, they are God's, they are saved. We know it.

What about others? Let's stick with what we know. Jesus Christ is our hope. Jesus Christ still is the hope of the world. This we know. Epistemology? How do I know it. Jesus tells me. ...for the Bible tells me so.

Dale Patterson