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July 31, 2016 - Can I Really Know God - II Timothy 1:12b

posted Aug 16, 2016, 7:57 AM by Grant Garber
Main Thought
The most daring thing the devout Christian ever says about his or her faith is “I know”. Not “I think”, “I hope”, “I trust”, “I venture”, or “I believe”, but “I know”.

How can you test at any time the reality of an experience?
  • Ask whether the testimony of one sense is confirmed by the others.
  • Inquire how many people had the experience and how dependable they are as reporters.
  • Inquire whether this experience fits into our knowledge of the world as a whole and whether it is confirmed by other sources of knowledge.
  1. The reporters must be sufficiently numerous.
  2. The reporters must be dependable witnesses.
  3. The reporters are consistent with one another.
Objections (And Our Answer):
  1. If God were there, He would be more obvious. Everybody would be aware of Him.
    • Different aspects of reality can only be known in their own way: physical things by sense perception, values – and God – by spiritual seeking.
  2. All this talk of religious experience and Christian faith is just “wishful thinking”. People of faith have invented a fiction-God who will always play the game our way.
    • That isn’t our God! God’s demands are often completely different than our wishes. He says to some of our desires – “You shall not”. He demands sacrifice from us.
Pastor Jim Spon | II Timothy 1:12b