Can We Really Know things?

“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 5:8-9Hebrews 5:8-9
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8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;

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) Christ if he is incapable of knowing what constitutes obedience to Christ?

2. How can a person be expected to ABIDE IN (John 8:31John 8:31
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31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;

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) 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 5:211 Thessalonians 5:21
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21 prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

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; cf. 1 John 4:11 John 4:1
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4 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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) 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 7:15Matthew 7:15
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15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

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; 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 4:15Ephesians 4:15
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15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;

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) 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 8:32John 8:32
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32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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; cf. 2 Timothy 3:13-172 Timothy 3:13-17
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13 But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. 15 And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

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–by Mike Benson

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