|Knowledge is personal|
| A person does not take in knowledge the way a computer records information. When I take information into my mind, I relate it to myself in some way or another. No matter how objective I am, I am a person, and I always deal with information as a person.
A computer does not know the information that it holds any more than a piece of paper knows what I write on it. Only a person has a mind. Only a person thinks thoughts. Only a person knows things. Therefore all knowledge is personal.
Rational thought seems less personal than faith, because it points to something objective (outside of me) that does not need my trust and acceptance. Logic does not ask for my approval.
Personal belief goes deeper than intellectual assent. It is not good enough to acknowledge something in my head if I donít accept it in my heart. The demons know that God is one, and they shudder at the thought. James 2:19
We certainly can distinguish between head knowledge and heart knowledge, but we cannot separate them. They act together. Head knowledge is personal, and heart knowledge is intellectual. The demonsí intellectual knowledge causes them to shudder. It has personal implications.
Thoughts are known by the will, not the mind alone. The will has influence over the mind. It tells the mind what it wants to believe, and the mind does whatever possible to back it up.
Nevertheless, the will and mind depend on each other. The will knows nothing apart from the mind, and the mind makes no choices; only the will does. You cannot have an idea in your head uninfluenced by your heart. If it does not affect your life, you do not truly believe it. The demons truly believe that God is one.
I noticed that the Bible never debates the existence of God. With all those pages I expected to find some debate, but instead it assumes that everyone knows. I can believe the Bible when it says that God makes himself known to everyone (Romans 1:19), or I can believe that some have not been told.
I donít believe in athiests. I know that some people deny Godís existence, but I believe that they have a personal reason for denying him. They see a world of pain and suffering and refuse to believe that a good God would allow it. Nietzsche said, ďThe only excuse for God is that he doesnít exist.Ē
We often debate things on the intellectual level that spring from personal conviction. A debate is a battle of minds, but the deeper battle is of the will.