Facts must shape our beliefs.
Humans are not trustworthy arbiters of truth (in fact, we are wickedly atrocious at it).
So we ask: Can we know facts? Can we know things to be true? If so, how?
Well, everyone knows that we know things. Everyone knows this and functions from it. But how? How do we know?
Well, if “A” represents the thing you know, you know A because of B. You know B to be true because C is true. You know C is true…This pattern continues far beyond the termination of the English alphabet. It is an infinite regress.
Where does that leave us? It leaves us with a problem, one you may have already noticed. It means that you can’t know anything unless you know everything, from A to infinity.
That’s interesting. Clearly, none of us knows everything. That’s absurd. But, as already stated, we do know some things. I know who my daddy is. I know from where I hail. I know I am a man (thank the Lord I’m not uncertain as to my gender identity). We all know things, some more than others.
How can this be? This is so because there is a way to have knowledge without knowing everything. You can know something if someone else who does possess all knowledge has revealed it to you. And that is precisely what Yahweh has done. He who has total knowledge, omniscience, declaring all things from beginning to end, even from before time and through the never ending next world, has revealed truth in creation, in conscience, in his Son, and in his Word.
We have knowledge on the basis of God’s existence and revelation.
We all, Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists included, know Yahweh is God and worthy of worship, 2+2=4, rape is wrong, etc., because of God’s revelation.
What then is required is for us to submit all our beliefs to the objective, factual reality of God’s revelation. God alone is the determiner of truth, for he is the source and standard. Any denial of Yahweh as Lord just leaves someone in the kiddy pool of absurdity.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
Colossians 2:3 “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”