Posted by Pastoral Musings on October 17th, 2012
God As The Fount Of Knowledge
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
“Let all the earth fear the Lord: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:8–9)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1–3)
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And thy law is the truth.” (Psalm 119:142, AV 1873)
“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” (1 John 5:9–10, AV 1873)
The texts that head up this article provide us with some insight into the issues that this article introduces.
First of all we encounter the eternal God who is both the Creator of all things as well as the fount of all truth and knowledge, being the Word. He is eternal, prior to Creation, and of infinite intelligence.
Next we find that this God, the all-knowing Creator of all things, is also ruler of all things. We find that He is sovereign in His wisdom and intelligence.
We also read that God has revealed Himself to us in a written record, and that record is true.
In this article I simply plan to present the things for which I shall argue in future articles, and I shall presently provide no arguments for the things I am asserting. That being said, here are the things for which I shall argue:
1. There can be no knowledge or truth apart from God as the source of all truth. No God, no rationality.
2. The God who is revealed in the Bible is the only sufficient ground of knowledge and rationality.
a. He is truth.
b. He is unchanging.
c. He is a plurality in unity.
d. He is transcendent and immanent.
e. He is sovereign over all.
3. The Bible, being the only sufficient basis for knowledge and rationality, and being a revelation of God, is absolutely true.
4. Thoughts toward a presuppositional, inerrantist hermeneutic.
There is much to be said on these subjects, and it will take a long time to flesh these things out. Please feel free to leave any suggestions or recommendations in the comments