Epistemology is one of those words that few of us have heard of, let alone have any idea what it might mean. Epistemology is the Philosophy of Knowledge and Justified Belief, and it addresses mainly the following questions:
Epistemology helps us know how we know stuff. Isn’t that exciting?!
Just how do we come to know or know about stuff? We come to know and know about stuff through Experience. Experience is based on perceptual observations through the senses. We come to know and know about stuff through Intuition. Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason. Some would say that it is the result of innate common sense. Every woman has it, few men do. At least that’s the commonly accepted wisdom of our culture. We come to know and know about stuff through Rationalism. Rationalalism is reasoned reflection and is the ability to take a wide-ranging set of facts and from them to logically deduce a conclusion.
But for us as Christians there is another way we come to know and know about stuff. It is through the infallible revelation of God. The intellectual world will sneer at our belief in the authoritative disclosure of truth that we find in the Scriptures. However, for the believer it is the surest source of knowledge there is. Sixteen times the Apostle John writes in this brief epistle, we know. We know, because the Spirit of God, working through men of God, gave us the word of God that can be absolutely trusted.
The whole world lies in the power of the evil one. This is what we are up against. You will confront his dominion in business and manufacturing, and commerce. You will confront his dominion in education and the classroom. You will confront his dominion in the arts, entertainment, and media industry. And unfortunately, you will even confront his dominion in Religion. And we each need clear, discerning judgment to know how we should then live and minister in such a world.