|You may know
|God says that we may KNOW, but the church often teaches us to NOT believe! In the name of scholarship and collective wisdom gained through the ages, we are taught these contradictory ideas:
|:We cannot know that the Bible is the word of God.
- Things happen in the world and we cannot know God's ways.
- But his ways are so predictable that if we live right and pray right we can make sure we are in his perfect plan.
- Evidence of his perfect plan is that life is easy for you.
- But when it isn't, trust that you still are in his will, unless your sins are publicly known (then we all know you aren't).
Organizations have sprung up outside the church to give evidences that there is a God and that the Bible is his word. These are not embraced, but held at arms distance; ridiculed for not being scientific.
And the skeptics are correct! This is nonsense! God said we could KNOW.
If we are to KNOW that he is God; If we are to KNOW that the Bible is his word; If we are to KNOW his will; We must know it in a way that he makes it known. The church's way, as taught by the wise men of our seminaries for 2000 years, only gives the world more variety of belief and reasons for disbelief!
If we are to KNOW, then the knowledge gained from the Bible must be self-correcting. This means that there must be a way to verify and validate the meaning, from within itself.
If we are to KNOW, then the doctrine must be more knowledge than mystery.
If we are to KNOW; it must speak to the confusion of doctrine with the churches.
If we are to KNOW; it must guide into collaboration of the study of scripture rather than a debate about scripture.
And WHEN we know; it must change our lives.
In the past, when believers have cried foul at the cacophony of doctrine produced by the church, they are chided for not having faith. But the fault is not theirs. His sheep hear his voice, and the noise is not it.