Is Christianity true is not the fundamental question as long as we don’t say that we can know it is true. The sensate culture is ok with the view that Christianity is a religion of faith as long as we do not say it is based on knowledge.
But the Bible is primarily a book of knowledge- it is a source of knowledge. It teaches us the best way to live life.
However, faith today has become the substitute for knowledge in the absence of any reason to believe it. But the more you can know something the less you can have blind faith.
But faith is confidence in what we know. There is a confident dimension of faith. As knowledge increases the more confidence we can have.
The view people have is that people cannot have knowledge about religion. They think it is not a field of knowledge but one of only faith and belief. Truth is when things are the way one takes, thinks, believes, says them to be. Truth is a correspondence relation such as “larger than”. Truth is a matching between thought and reality.
Jesus says He is the Truth! This does not mean that truth is a person. Jesus meant that He is the source of Truth or in other words that He is the truth maker not the truth bearer. Jesus life, death, and resurrection fulfilled numerous Messianic prophecies. Jesus matches what the prophecies declare of Him. Truth is a relation by comes from a person.
There are two main types of knowledge and we can have both forms of knowledge about God:
- Knowledge by acquaintance- knowledge by direct experience. A direct awareness of reality. Postmodernists deny there is any claim to knowledge by acquaintance which is not true. We have knowledge of our own consciousness through introspection even though you can’t smell, touch, taste it. We can know God by acquaintance. Through our relationship with Jesus Christ in God we can know God by acquaintance. There are times when God shows up and we know it.
- Propositional knowledge- is a true belief based on adequate reasons or grounds where we know something is true 51%-100%. This means that you can know something without being certain of it but being confident of it. The Scriptures are a source of propositional knowledge they teach us the best skills to live by.