Drinking Deeply

Friday, January 13, 2006 at 12:03 PM

Some questions to think about

I'll post on these in the future, but...

1) Everyone talks about the head vs. heart knowledge. But what is "knowledge"? Does the Bible support a distinction between the "head" and "heart" knowledge? Does the Bible support a distinction between the "head" and "heart"?

2) We also often make a distinction between "grace" and "mercy." Does the Bible make such a distinction?

3) What does the Bible mean when it says, "love your neighbor"?

4) Define the term "free" in "free will"? Since we are free from something to do another thing, what are we "free" from? to?

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Anonymous Puritan Belief said...

These are some great questions and the answers are all throughout the scriptures in the stories of the Old testament to the straight doctrine of the epistles.

Will enjoy checking back.  

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Blogger Joanna Martens said...

we're free to sin. and that is exactly what we do, unless otherwise "invaded" on. :-)  

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Blogger Eric said...

Short thoughts:

1. Knowledge is being sufficiently certain about something, in my opinion. I'm pretty sure I don't hold to a distinction of kind between knowledge and belief. As for head and heart, how about what Jesus says about the Pharisees? In Matthew he says that in many cases their doctrine is quite correct, and the trouble is that they don't do what they preach. He doesn't use the words "head" and "heart," but isn't that a classic case of what we mean by "head" knowledge vs. "heart" knowledge?

2. I don't often make this distinction myself, so I'm not exactly sure where you're coming from.

3. My short-form crib of this would be "seek what is good for other people."

4. Free from God ordering the universe such that it is (objectively, if not subjectively) determined which way we will choose when faced with a choice. "Free" less in the sense of "emancipated" as of "given free rein." Free to choose actions (or more precisely free to will), not free to choose consequences.  

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