All Truth is God's Truth... or...
My maxim has long been that "All truth is God’s truth" and I’ve attempted to live in such a way to demonstrate that belief. I was responding to a friend’s blog the other day when I suddenly stopped and questioned one of my core beliefs. I asked:
Now that I phrase it like that, I wonder how it fits into the creation stories. What do people in the community think? Is knowledge (such as ”the knowledge of good and evil”) sinful in itself or does it take willfull action based on that to become sinful?
I began to consider knowledge and sin in light of James 1:13-15:
I originally considering that James’ theology would have us believe that thought processes, such as desire or knowledge, are not sin. But James doesn’t seem to want me to read that into his work…He is clearly talking about temptation rather than knowledge.
I don’t know the creation stories (Gen 1-3, John 1:1-18) as well as I would like, but a casual reading in English translations leads to the belief that an act of disobedience caused the fall, and that disobedience was gaining knowledge (cf the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). So, does knowing all God’s truth constitute sin? Without the fall, would it have been possible for humanity to gain all of God’s truth?
Are knowledge and disobedience intrinsically linked?
Back to the main point, in light of all of this and our post-modern context, does anyone else agree that "all truth is God”s truth"? What are your experiences in dealing with issues of righteousness and knowledge? and what praxis can we build from it?