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Wow, this is a really fundamental question. And the basic answer is, because the Bible is the foundation of Christian theology. I hope that doesn't sound like a tautology. What I mean by that is that the Bible is where we find the description of what Christianity is and what it's about. The first few chapters of Genesis give us the creation of the world, ...


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The short answer to your question is yes. Matthew 7:28-29 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. What do you suppose it means, "as one having authority, and not as the scribes"? (Think how the scribes learned ...


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You're right, creationism, of whatever variety, is not scientifically falsifiable. Creationists do not think this is a problem. In fact, they would say that all alternatives to creationism are equally unfalsifiable. The scientific method cannot test the past; it may be able to tell us what is possible, what is likely and what is unlikely, but it ultimately ...


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I am going to assume that since you asked the question to Christians that an aceptable answer will be rooted in our worldview. For reasons that I will lay out we have to look to the Bible for what it says about itself. While this may appear to be circular, and I guess in one regard it is, we are claiming that ultimately the Bible is the authoritative ...


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I'd like to stand by by statement that it is an anachronism to judge the Scripture from modern biases. One of the first rules of hermeneutics is that a text cannot mean today what it could not mean to the people who received it. This is a simple enough postulate, buttressed by the fact that not every word of God was for every time, and that the canon we ...


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It is good to remember that God is consistent. He does not change. This works out to our benefit. For example:1 Malachi 2:6 (ESV) For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. One of the ways in which this is good for us is that we are not trying to hit a moving target when it comes to understanding His will. His ...


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The answer is simply: No. One way to prove it, is to take the verse where Jesus says: "Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (Luke 10:16) That means, that whatever the apostles say, is Jesus' teaching. Then we can take Paul's words to the Thessalonians in chapter 2 verse ...


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The best Biblical advice on the matter comes from James 1: 5-6. If God has a message that He wants you to hear and act on, He will be willing to verify the truth of it to you if you pray about it with faith and sincerity. And likewise, if the message is false, He will manifest that to you as well, to keep you from being led astray.


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Historically, there have been four sources of theology: Scripture Tradition Reason Experience. This formulation goes back quite a ways. Scripture is always first, Tradition is always second, and reason and experience are a distant third and fourth. The fun comes in when one realizes that it is not possible to read Scripture without a tradition. As a ...


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The passage that immediately comes to mind in answer to your question is 1 Corinthians 2. It's a lengthy portion, but there is a lot in this. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God ...


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One thing that I think other answers have missed is that "creationism" means different things to different people. The definition one uses is vital to whether or not it is falsifiable* in a scientific sense. For instance, if one states that creationism means: All life has existed in or close to its present form since the beginning of the earth Then ...


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Short answer, no, you can't have truth that is only known through spiritual means. You can have truth known through spiritual means, but that "only" in the question makes all the difference. longer answer: Human understanding is based on experience, observation, sometimes reason, emotional frame of mind, and a whole host of other factors. What we ...


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John Frame (A Reformed professor and theologian) presents a framework for Christian Ethics that is both objective and relative. He has written extensively on Ethics and other topics. Ethics The same perspectives govern the quest for ethical knowledge, the knowledge of right and wrong. As secular epistemology has been divided along three lines ...


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First, I don't think slavery can be used to measure the moral relativism or absolutism of the Bible, as it has no clear moral statement on the topic. Simply because I never said I don't like liver doesn't mean that I do like it, but it also doesn't mean I don't. It's kind of like having a moral Schrodinger's box. We just don't know until God tells us ...


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Think of it like this. When you purchase a car, you get a manual from the manufacturer. Christians believe the Bible is God's instruction manual for how to live the way He thinks best.


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Definitions Lets start with some definitions: "Skepticism or Scepticism has many definitions, but generally refers to any questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere." Objectivity is a central philosophical concept which has been variously ...


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The word theology literally means discourse on God. Theology translates into English from the Greek theologia (θεολογία) which derived from theos (θεός), meaning God, and logia (λόγια), meaning utterances, sayings, or oracles (a word related to logos [λόγος], meaning word, discourse, or reasoning) which had passed into Latin as theologia and into French ...


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Faith is the conviction and acceptance of what God has revealed to you. Faith persists even when challenged or confronted with reasons to not accept what God has revealed to you. The object of Christian faith is always God. Christian faith is not blind or baseless, rather it derives it's strength and endurance from it's source: God. Since faith is based on ...


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I see the answers already posted disagree widely. So let me say something different still. What do you mean by "spiritual means"? If you mean, "can only be known by revelation from God", I would say the answer is yes. There are many ways to gain knowledge. Science has certainly proven to be a very powerful tool. Science works by experiments and ...


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Regarding the faith of Job and Abraham, remember that the tests of faith that they underwent, for both men, came towards the end of their lives, not the beginning. For both, this trial was the keystone of a long career of living and learning by faith. It's not unlike having a close friend, who you have known for many years and who has always dealt fairly ...


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First, I'll answer the common objection that empiracle evidence is required in order to make true statements. My great grandfather either did or did not wear a carnationion his wedding day, but all records of the event are lost. If you guess, you guess could be true. If you happened to guess right, you would be making a statement of truth without having ...


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OK, the Christian believe system, God's existence, and the Bible as God's Word cannot be proven outside the Bible - it is by faith and not by knowing that we are saved. Therefore, yes, its is kind of a tautology when I say that the Bible calls itself the Word of God, and Paul calls it all inspired. Therefore it is the basis of our believe system, otherwise ...


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C S Lewis, apparently in Mere Christianity, does mention the concept of not knowing the concept of dark or light: My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with ...


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"Skeptical" can be seen as such a negative word (although, actually I think it is a healthy position to take in all things). However, what skepticism really means is that when presented with anything, all the possibilities/evidence should be considered, and the "which is most likely the truth" judged from there. No evidence should be given "special" merit; ...


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This approach answers your question in a different way than ThePiachu's does. Your question was whether it is demonstrably true that a skeptical viewpoint allows one to be more objective. What I'm trying to do is to list examples in which this is the case. Until Darwin only religions provided an answer to the mystery of life, all in this form: the world is ...


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There is no empirical truth to the statement, "that was a touchdown." it simply exists outside of the realm of science. It is a language construct, defined epistemologically by the rules of American football. Put more plainly, a touchdown is only a touchdown because people have agreed what a touchdown is. There is no natural essence of "touchdown" that could ...


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I think the question is circular: Are there true statements that inherently are unknowable by empirical means or logic and simply require "spiritual discernment"? If it is unknowable by empirical means or logic, how would you possibly be able to say that it is "true"? Answer: you can't. If we accept "yes" for that question, then any non-falsifiable ...


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In response to the title, I believe the bible doesn't espouse either moral absolutism or relativism - we espouse these things. On Slavery: This can be seen in the quotes given and the question (great question btw :), as ironically it is assumed from our modern perspective that slavery is absolutely wrong for everyone and all time. Even a relativist may not ...


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We need to start by bearing in mind that during Jesus lifetime there is no set Bible as such. There are collections of scrolls in synagogues but the ones that would eventually be considered canonical by modern Judaism were not set at that time (canonicity in Judaism slowly distilled between ~200BC and ~200AD). You would get different stuff in different ...



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