Epistemology and the Christian Worldview

Epistemology, or the study of knowing knowledge, is a difficult topic to cover. Humans struggle trying to understand what truth is. Is it possible for humans to know full truth? Where does it come from? There are many different people in the world in many different cultures with many different world views and many different religions. The list of ways that how we are all different goes on and on without an end. All of our perceptions of truth are different too. One’s epistemology and perceptions of truth depend largely on his or her world view. Although, not all of these perceptions can be true! They all contradict each other, so they cannot all be considered truthful. Are any of them truly the truth? How do we know? Where does this knowledge of truth come from?From a Christian worldview, God is the center of all knowledge. Our worldview is based on the fact that there is only one true living God. All knowledge and truth comes from him. Since God created all things, knowledge must come from him as well. Everything that exists comes from God, and that includes knowledge. In fact, God created all other knowers. We obtain our knowledge from God. But what about the people who do not acknowledge the existence of God? Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” According to Paul, everyone has some sort of knowledge of the existence of God. Nature and all of the rest of God’s creation proclaims his existence and his glory, “so that people are without excuse.” Even if they do not acknowledge the existence of God, their knowledge still comes from him. Everything we know comes from divine revelation. He gave us the ability to reason and gain knowledge. 

Since knowledge comes from God, epistemology and Christianity go hand in hand. We must know God to know anything at all. The one and only way to truth is through Jesus. In John 14:6-7 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Jesus IS absolute truth. He was sent to earth, as fully human and fully God, in order that we will be able to know the Father. It is through Jesus that we know God, and through God that we obtain knowledge.

Although God gives us absolute truth and knowledge, these can get lost in the many different false worldview and false perceptions of truth in the world. So then, how do we know what is truly true? If only we had some sort of map to point us towards truth. If only there was some sort of guide book to tell us what is truly knowledge. But there is! God gave us his Word in the form of the Bible to be a guide towards truth. But the Bible is not the only way we can obtain knowledge. It acts as a guide distinguish what is true and what is not, but not all of our knowledge must come from spiritual experience. God created us with reason and intuition so that we can understand and learn. So even if we are using our rational minds to obtain knowledge, that knowledge still comes from God, since he gave us those rational minds to use. But although human reason and intuition, given to humans by God of course, can access some knowledge, God’s word is the best source of truth and knowledge. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Even if God was foolish, his foolishness would be much much wiser than the wisest of people. That is why we should go to God first and foremost for knowledge and truth. He is the ultimate source of truth and much more trust worthy than our human reason, which is often times faulty.

As a Christian, I believe all this whole heartedly. God is the center of my life, and is my source of all truth and knowledge. In order to know truth, I must first know God through his son Jesus Christ. Everything I know comes from God, which is passed down through the Bible, spiritual revelation, or the human reason that he gave me. God is the source of all truth.



One thought on “Epistemology and the Christian Worldview

  1. Great job on this blog, Megan. Your ideas were well organized and well explained. I agree with you that the primary source of accessing truth is through the Bible, for it is God’s word. God also did give us rational brains to think for ourselves and figure things out without the Bible. We can do that and find truth from observation, experimentation, etc, but it cannot contradict the Bible because it is the first and foremost source of truth. I also agree with you that people are without excuse for not knowing God, as you put when you quoted Romans. God’s character is revealed through his magnificent creation. Good job!


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