Christians are often convinced about doctrines that they have been taught from early childhood. Many stand up for their convictions about their beliefs. How can Christians know if the doctrines they are convinced about, are true?
- True Christians come to an accurate knowledge of truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-10)
- True Christians carefully examine the scriptures daily to see whether they are so. (Acts 17:10-12)
True Christians come to an accurate knowledge of truthEdit
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made concerning all sorts of men, concerning kings and all those who are in high positions, so that we may go on leading a calm and quiet life with complete godly devotion and seriousness.
This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge* of truth.NWT For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time. For the purpose of this witness I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—a teacher of nations in the matter of faith and truth.
So I desire that in every place the men carry on prayer, lifting up loyal hands, without anger and debates. Likewise, the women should adorn themselves in appropriate dress, with modesty and soundness of mind, not with styles of hair braiding and gold or pearls or very expensive clothing, but in the way that is proper for women professing devotion to God, namely, through good works.
- [ * ] epignōsis,Strong's G1922 meaning "precise and correct knowledge",TGL or "full knowledge" YLT, HNV
How can Christians come to an accurate knowledge of truth?Edit
Immediately by night the brothers sent both Paul and Silas to Be·roe′a. On arriving, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thes·sa·lo·ni′ca, for they accepted the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore, many of them became believers, and so did quite a few of the reputable Greek women as well as some of the men.