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Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 9:36 PM

Logic and Faith (1)

Something that has crossed my path a great deal recently has been the fact that many people (Christians and non-Christians) alike, believe that somehow faith is beyond logic, or faith is extralogical, or faith and logic have no overlap at all. Where logic exists faith does not.

Now, this is completely and absolutely wrong. Logic is instrumental to faith. We cannot stand for right theology and a right God if this doesn't also mean rejecting wrong theology and worship of a wrong God. To do so would be tandamount to idolotry.

Now, this is a concept I don't think I posted about before, but it is something that I've been thinking about, and thus far, see nothing wrong with it. So here goes:

I believe (right now, but still open to teaching) that faith is not some supernatural leap of logic, but rather faith is the clarity of mind granted by God to use our logic. Faith is the ability to see that "the mountains declare the glory of the Lord" the ability to see that "God is sovereign." Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is being certain of what we hope for and sure of what we do not see (NIV). How else can we be certain of anything except for a deductive reasoning from true premises? Science cannot, and never will, give us certainty. Our own experience cannot, and never will, give us certainty. Someone else cannot, and never will, give us certainty. But the infallible Word of God. That's certain. The logical implications of the infallible Word of God? Those are certain. When Jesus says He is the way, the truth the life, and no one can come to the Father except through Him, then it is certain that Buddah cannot get one to the Father, Scientology cannot get one to the Father.

What else is a man of great faith but one who believes Scripture? Was not Job commended for holding fast to his faith, his certainty that God is sovereign? Was it not Abraham who offered up his son in faith, with a sure knowledge that God is so powerful that He can raise up Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11)? Men and women of great faith were men and women who believed the Word of God.

If you have faith like a mustard seed - aka, you acknowledge that God is sovereign over everything, then why can't a mountain be thrown in the lake?

As a side note, Vincent Cheung has an excellent treatment on why he doesn't say "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist."

We cannot have faith without logic. We cannot have Christianity without logic. Christianity is the only logical thing out there. Every other worldview collapses into speculation and skepticism, or outright contradictions. Whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist or whatever, the only thing that is sure in this world is Scripture.

(to be continued)

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