Searching for Truth
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
This scripture guides my pursuit of truth. I believe the Bible is divinely inspired (I’ll post later why I think that) and therefore contains discoverable truth. But our ability to discern that truth is flawed. If it’s truth we seek we require the guidance of the Holy Spirit, willingness to give a fair hearing to dissenting opinions, and above all humility. We must lay down our egos, submit ourselves to God and be willing to embrace what we find whether we like it initially or not (all of God’s truth is pleasurable once we fully understand it).
Those whom I have found to have paid the price in the pursuit of truth and therefore have my ear and flavor my views are Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner, Graham Cooke, and Greg Boyd.
Levels of Truth
Greg Boyd speaks of different levels of truth that govern how we relate to these things and those of differing views. My version of these levels are:
Dogma: What we believe to be absolute and scripturally clear and shapes the foundations of everything else we believe.
Examples for me: There is a God. He is responsible for the existence of all things. Humans are separated from Him by sin. Jesus is God as man restoring the lost relationship between God and humans through His death and resurrection. This all hangs on the inescapable fact that God is love.
Doctrine: Truth which we believe to have substantially better scriptural support than other views.
Examples: The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a secondary and ongoing experience after salvation/regeneration.
Opinion: Things which we acknowledge have multiple seemingly equally valid interpretations.
Examples: The creation story is literal and God created the universe in six 24 hour days. Or, the creation story is figurative and while God is responsible for the existence of all things the amount of time required is unclear.
Conjecture: Things we think may be true but have little or no scriptural support, but no scripture disallows the view.
Examples: God created angels long before the creation of the physical universe knowing they would play a role in the lives of humans to complete salvation and God’s plan for the Earth and its inhabitants.