“It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of “spiritual experience,” that the biblically based experience rest firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it contentless.“ – Dr. Francis Schaefffer, The God Who is There
Those words, “the biblically based experience rest firmly on truth…are important to remember. God’s word is TRUTH (John 17:17).
The danger is that if Christians do not consciously develop a biblical approach to any subject, then they will unconsciously absorb some other philosophical approach. A set of ideas for interpreting the world is like a philosophical toolbox, stuffed with terms and concepts. If Christians do not develop their own tools for analysis, then when some issue comes up they wand to understand, they will reach over and borrow someone else’s tools…whatever concepts are generally accepted in their professional field or int he culture at large.But when we do this, we do not realize that, we are borrowing not an isolated tool but a whole philosophical toolbox laden with tools which have their own particular bias to every problem. We may end up absorbing an entire set of alien principles without even realizing it. Using tools of analysis that have non-christian assumptions embedded in them is “like wearing someone else’s glasses or walking in someone else’s shoes. The tools shape the user.
How do we make sure our toolbox contains biblically based conceptual tools for every issue we encounter? We must begin by being utterly convinced that there is a biblical perspective on everything…NOT JUST SPIRITUAL MATTERS! The Old Testament tells us over and over that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” (Ps. 111:10, Prov. 1;7, 9:10). Similarly, the New Testament teaches that Christ are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.2:3). We often interpret these verses to mean spiritual wisdom only, but the text places not limitation on the term. Most people have the tendency to read these passages as thought they say that the fear of the Lord is the foundation of religious knowledge, but the fact is that they make a very radical claim… the claim that somehow all knowledge depends upon religious truth!
All belief systems work the same way. Religious commitment functions as the controlling principle for everything that follows. The fear of some “god” is the beginning of every proposed system of knowledge.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!