“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6
Is Christian teaching something that can be KNOWN when properly examined? Or are they things you can only believe in or commit to? Why does the bible emphasize knowledge? Dallas Willard writes that ‘we have knowledge of something when we are representing it (thinking about it, speaking about it, treating it) as it actually is.’ Knowledge involves truth.
We require knowledge from our service people, professionals and leaders. We would not want a mechanic to fix our car based purely on luck. We want him to KNOW his stuff. Neither would we want someone to operate on us without the appropriate knowledge on would expect of a surgeon.
Knowledge and claims to knowledge have massive influence on our lives and society, for good or for ill. Knowledge is always political in its consequences. Joseph and Daniel became people of great influence simply because they had knowledge.
In the western world, the issue of ‘WHO KNOWS?’ is a point of constant contention, because so many people think they know. There is always a battle over who knows what is going on and what should be done.
This explains why today in our society there is a huge effort to push Christian Teaching out of the domain of knowledge. This way it is stripped of the rights and responsibilities that would certainly increase its political influence.
The biblical tradition as a whole presents itself as one of knowledge of God. Then, within that overarching context of knowledge, there do arise specific occasions of faith and commitment to action, extending beyond what is known, but still based on the knowledge of God.
An act of faith in the biblical tradition is always undertaken in an environment of knowledge and is inseparable from it. We need to drop the idea of faith as a “blind leap” and understand that faith is commitment to action, often beyond our natural abilities, based upon knowledge of God and God’s ways.
The ACT School aims to bring the biblical teaching out of the domain of ‘mere belief’ and back in the domain of true knowledge. There is nothing more important than to increase in the knowledge of God and bring that knowledge to others.