Biblical World and Life View
- The Bible is the basis for our Faith.
- Principle Approach methodology develops the faculty of reason and enables us to know why we as Christians believe what we believe.
- The ability to research from primary documents enables pupils to examine the evidence substantiating the Word of God in all that it speaks.
- The scholar is equipped to answer challengers. Apologetics is a positive offense rather than a negative defense.
- How is truth learned? Historical facts and research will not convert the soul, but it lays a groundwork through which God's Holy Spirit brings conviction.
- Fallen Man cannot reason through to true Truth without God's leading, and yet we try to “persuade.” (2 Corinthians 5:11)
- To an empiricist, truth is established through the five senses. Most empiricists believe only in the natural world, what we would call “perceptual truth.” Yet, as Luke says, “We wrote down what we saw…” So we do learn some truth through the senses.
- Many people learn through rationalism, and stress reason and logic. This is a conceptual truth, and our understanding is limited by our own finiteness. (Note Acts 26:25 — Paul before the King.)
- Pragmatism dominates the culture today. Truth is whatever functions or works at the moment. (Isn't it a good thing that missionaries are not pragmatists? Many spend years in a distant land before a soul is saved.)
- Revealed truth is Jesus. “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)