We come across so many conflicting ideas and how can we know which are true?
This is an area where we need to follow the presuppositions of the writer. If a writer has a presupposition which is false, then how can we trust his/her writings?
What are presuppositions? A presupposition is a basic belief which one uses to form the framework or worldview of their thought or thinking–to make sense of the world. There are no ‘naked facts’. Every historian or philosopher must find something on which to orient his thinking. No ‘naked facts’ means that everything we see, find, or hear about needs to be interpreted or put into some kind of framework in order to understand it.
One presupposition is that there is a God who has made himself known to man. Another presupposition is that there is no God. Suppose two historians, each with differing ideas about the existence of God, find some writings which talk about God. How might their presuppositions dictate their interpretation of the writings?
Can we trust scholars and the highly educated? Maybe, if they have a true worldview. What is a true worldview? In America today the primary worldviews appear to be either a belief in God or a belief in man’s intellect without God. A rationalist may say, “I can only believe what I can understand with my mind and I rule out all supernatural acts.” Is that really rational?
At one time in my life, I was thinking about the great questions of life: “How should I live? Where did I come from and where am I going when I die”? I realized that if God has not told us, we know nothing. I believe that He has told us and as we study the Bible, we learn the answers.
The fear (respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10.
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