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Knowledge of God & Salvation

Postby Guest » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:16 pm

Greetings, I recently came across your website while doing some research on the hebrew words for God. I find your site to be interesting and informative and l would like to ask your view on a matter concerning salvation. My question is this: how much does a person really need to know about the true nature of God in order to be saved? For instance the doctrine of the trinity was not explicitly taught during the time of the early church, whether it is because it was not an issue at the time or because it was held evident to all and assumed to be understood by all christians. The bible is silent on this matter, obviously people were being saved and then taught the will and ways of God not so much science of God so to speak. As a famous writer said "the bible is about how to get to heaven not about how the heavens go." How much do you think God really requires someone to know or understand about what kind lifeform He is in order to be saved?
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Re: Knowledge of God & Salvation

Postby admin » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:25 pm

Guest wrote:...how much does a person really need to know about the true nature of God in order to be saved? For instance the doctrine of the trinity was not explicitly taught during the time of the early church, whether it is because it was not an issue at the time or because it was held evident to all and assumed to be understood by all christians. The bible is silent on this matter, obviously people were being saved and then taught the will and ways of God not so much science of God so to speak. As a famous writer said "the bible is about how to get to heaven not about how the heavens go." How much do you think God really requires someone to know or understand about what kind lifeform He is in order to be saved?


That's a good question concerning the "epistemological" nature of saving faith.... Obviously, as Paul says, no one can believe and call upon the Name of the LORD without the proclamation of the gospel, so there is a core message that is assumed in any saving faith. This implies - I believe - having faith in the "transpersonality" of the Godhead, since Yeshua is YHVH come in the flesh to offer himself up for atonement with the Father. Faith in the resurrection of Yeshua is therefore essential, since without that, there is no real content to the message of redemption. Other details are worked out as the Holy Spirit leads the seeker in truth. In other words, the truth might not be fully and cognitively articulated by the saved individual but that does not mean that it is not "embedded" as a cognitive possibility. We are all called to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD Yeshua the Messiah." There is a process of growth and God has equipped certain people to help in the process of expatiating the knowledge of the truth within the community of God's elected children. Shalom
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