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Why Believe: Part II

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Scott Bessenecker

on 25 February 2016

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Transcript of Why Believe: Part II

Why Believe?
Epistemology
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
Communal Wisdom
“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt 12:49-50)
Encounters with God
1. Jesus didn’t win me over by proving he was right but by proving he was good

2. Friendship vs knowledge

3. Jesus followers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Encountering our Relational, Emotional, Mystical God
1. Invite God to interact with you on a relational,
emotional, mystical level (or make you aware)

2. Don't reject a broken, fallible, messed up church.

3. Listen openly to Jesus' followers whose
character, friendship and vibe are solid

4. Be open to God not only as supreme creator
but as friend
‘An old chief of the Crow tribe from Montana was asked to describe the difference between his tribe and the whites who lived nearby. Pausing slightly and drawing his conclusions, he remarked that the white man has ideas, the Indian has visions.’
The Indian understands dreams, visions, and interspecies communications, when they are available, as a natural part of human experience . . . [T]he task is to make sense of the experience or withhold judgment on its meaning until a sufficient number of similar experiences reveal the pattern of meaning that is occurring . . . Wisdom . . . increases with age.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (Jn. 5:30-40)
Discerning testimony
1. Character
2. Relationship
3. Vibe

“When there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams." Num. 12:6
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