It is not enough to feel good about where we are religiously or what we believe, we need to know. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32, ESV). Paul tells us to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV). Therefore, truth exists, it is knowable and we are obligated to test any truth claim against that objective standard of God’s Word.
The spiritual demise of God’s people in the Old Testament was attributed, in part, to their lack of knowledge. People had become “ecumenical” in their approach to worship and service, inviting other gods into their religious experience and dividing their loyalties between Yahweh and idols. Their departure from truth was so profound that they even forgot their own language (Nehemiah 13:24). God bemoaned the fact that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a).
As the Lord’s people today, we need to be more aggressive in knowing God’s will. We want to understand God’s love for His children, we want to comprehend the great sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf, and we must accept the working of the Holy Spirit through His Sword (the Bible) to guide and direct us. Our salvation is not based upon a wishful whims or some warm, fuzzy feeling “deep down in our heart,” it is based upon the knowledge of God that exists, is knowable, and can be tested. Simply, if we know, the proper, beneficial emotions will take care of themselves. But, we need to know.