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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:01:51 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: FIDELITY

Can We Really Know?
 by Mike Benson

"Is it really possible for a person to KNOW the truth?"
There are so many opinions about what the Bible
teaches. "Is truth even attainable in the religious
realm?” These are common questions today.

Consider a few observations from Scripture:

1. How can a person be expected to OBEY (Hebrews 5:8-9)
Christ if he is incapable of knowing what constitutes
obedience to Christ?

2. How can a person be expected to ABIDE IN (John 8:31)
the word of Christ if he is unable to learn and know
Christ's teaching?

3. How can a person be expected to PROVE (1
Thessalonians 5:21; cf. 1 John 4:1) what the Bible says
if the truth cannot be distinguished from error?

4. How can a person be expected to CONTEND (Jude 3)
earnestly for the truth if the truth is unattainable?

5. How can a person be expected to BEWARE (Matthew
7:15; cf. 2 John 7) of false teachers if there is no
discernible way of telling whether or not they are
teaching error?

6. How can a person be expected to SPEAK (Ephesians
4:15) the truth in love if he is unable to
differentiate between truth and error?

Yes, we can know the truth. "And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32;
cf. 2 Timothy 3:13-17).

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