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Excellent question. The short answer 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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As far as I can determine from other Scriptures it is not the actual repetition of things, but the fact that there is a lack of sincerity in that way of praying. The full intent of Matthew chapter 6 lies in the fact that Jesus is really warning us that: 1 God knows our hearts and when we are praying we are talking to God and that we should be seeking his ...


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Selecting a "faith" Let me start with a couple of my favorite quotes about defining the meaning of a word used in scripture: "Words don't have meaning... people have meaning." "The meaning of a word is determined by the context in which it is used." The English word "faith" can have any number of meanings to me (or any Christian), depending on ...


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The whole point of the Bible, and the reason people look to it for guidance, is that it makes the case that there is a notion of a moral absolute, a right and wrong that is not derived from cultural norms, but from elsewhere. The elsewhere is the realm of the spirit, and the notion of God tells you that if you look to this realm with a calm mind and a good ...


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I agree with your view that the Bible teaches absolutism, but strongly disagree with the assertion that this makes the Bible inapplicable (within absolutism) to issues such as slavery and women's rights. What was written then can still be applied today, even if the quote you mentioned is true!! Let's use women's rights as an example: What was written then ...


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I'm not sure the Bible does espouse moral absolutism throughout. The apostle Paul, for example is in general very big on the idea that the law of the Jews does not apply to Gentiles who become Christian. There was an enormous debate in the early church as recorded in the New Testament about whether circumcision (a moral necessity for the Jews) was a moral ...


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I think the answer comes down to what you're going to trust and what is objective truth? There are a few options: Skeptical Viewpoint: This would be where you trust yourself more than anyone else when you examine truth. Biblical viewpoint: This would be where you trust the Bible above yourself or others when you examine truth. Dogmatic viewpoint: This ...



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