Released: April 15, 2014 By: Daniel Whyte III
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22. It reads, "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil."
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Norman Geisler. He said, "The Bible constantly exhorts believers to beware of false prophets, to test the spirits, and to watch out for the doctrines of demons. But there is no way to recognize error unless we know the truth; counterfeits cannot be detected unless we know the genuine article. Likewise, there is no way to determine what is false about God unless we know what is true about him. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. A study of the attributes of the true God is essential to the fulfillment of the apologetic task of defending the faith."
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Faith and Reason" (part 7) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:
The act of reason, as distinct from the object of reason, means all the subjective, personal acts of the mind by which we (a) understand, (b) discover or (c) prove any truth. The ancient meaning of reason included all three of these "acts of the mind," classically called (A) "simple apprehension," (b) judgment and (c) reasoning. But the meaning of reason narrowed in modern times, beginning with Ockham's nominalism in the fourteenth century and Descartes's rationalism in the seventeenth century, to mean only the "third act of the mind," reasoning, calculating, proving. We use the older, broader meaning of reason here.
Reason is relative to truth; it is a way of knowing truth: understanding it, discovering it or proving it. Faith is also relative to truth; it is a way of discovering truth. No human being ever existed without some faith. We all know most of what we know by faith; that is, by belief in what others --- parents, teachers, friends, writers, society --- tell us. Outside religion as well as inside it, faith and reason are roads to truth.
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