Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 6:39 PM

Logic and Christianity

Just a quick note.

Logic is necessary to Christianity. The instant we tolerate an inconsistency in the Christian worldview (I am not saying our worldview, because we will always be inconsistent because we are sinners), that is the instant Christianity falls apart and is no longer Christianity.

This is why the Westminster Confession of Faith states: (emphasis added)

VI. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.

As we learn more about Christianity, we will continually run up against perceived inconsistencies. These are always failures in us, and never in the Bible.

The issue of course is: Well, what if we come up against two things that seem contradictory?

Well, that means that at least one of our interpretations of the things is wrong (or maybe our logic is wrong). Thus, if we truly see something as contradictory we cannot affirm both sides properly because we are misinterpreting at least one.

If free will (in my mind) contradicts divine sovereignty, then I cannot possibly say that both are true. At least, they cannot be true the way I understand them. Either one of them is true and one of them is false, or/and I am misunderstanding one (or both). But if the Bible teaches clearly that they are compatible, then at least one of my perceptions of it must be wrong.

This is why we must strive to eliminate inconsistencies in our worldview in seeking to take every thought captive. As long as something is inconsistent, then we know something is wrong. If everything is consistent, at least there isn't a 100% chance of something being wrong (though there certainly isn't a guarantee that it's right if it's consistent).

2 Cor. 10)4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

For a similar topic (one that agree with as well!) check out this link It seems like we're arguing opposite sides, but what is the difference? (one that allows me to say "amen!" to his post as well)

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Blogger Frank Martens said...

yes, and I think piper preached a sermon on this.

SHoot, oh yes I know which series it was... it was this one... TULIP - Seminar

By far the best presentation I've ever heard.  

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