Thursday, February 3, 2011

Logic or Faith

It is amazing how people can take a stance on not believing in God solely based on their reasoning.  I remember a conversation I had with a man at work and he was sharing with me on how lucky he was.  The story he shared to me was more than luck, but a miracle.  So when I heard it, I said “thank God everything worked out ok.”  This man began to lace me on how God had nothing to do with it, and how God is a myth, and a whole bunch of garbage.  I tell you family, I really do not like to defend the faith in that manner, but I enjoyed my conversation with him.  I asked him why he doesn’t believe in God.  He said because he cannot believe in nothing his five senses cannot identify with.  So my response is then how do you believe in luck?  Where does luck connect with any of your five senses?  To make a long story short, he said I do not believe in anything that cannot be proven.  He must have sensed I was going to ask him, how then luck is proven, because he walked away.  We never really talked again after that.  He was fired shortly afterward because of his violent attitude.  To be honest, I am glad that he was gone, because he is one of those people that might go postal, and I am sure, he would have came after me first.
Believing in God can be difficult for some.  Their stance is if it is not logical then it is not believable.   Logic says, they cannot trust what they cannot contact or understand with their senses or intellect.  If they pray, who are they praying to, since they cannot see anyone.  That seems to be the stance for many.  So what is logic and what is faith?  Logic is defined as principles of reasoning applicable to any branch of knowledge or study.  Faith is a belief that is not based on proof.  Looking at these two words, the contrast is evident.  My challenge however, is that logic is based on the use of one’s capacity to reason, which is based off of a flawed method.   For example, a person’s bias can affect the way they see things.  A person’s preferences can affect what they hear, so is logic a good stance to defend?  Another example, a woman is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She was given a death sentence of 3 weeks to live.  She requested a second, third, and a fourth opinion to where all 4 doctors had concurred she has 3 weeks to live.  Suddenly, the cancer is gone.  Without any medical or scientific treatment, the cancer has disappeared as though she never had it.  Those who stood on logic would use words such as “anomaly” or “phenomenon” to explain it.  If it defies logic, why can it be God?  This woman unbeknownst to the doctors had people praying in the name of Jesus for her to recover.  This is what is called a corporal prayer.  The bible states “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”  (Mt 18:19)  On one side, logically she should have died, and on the other side, a bunch of people believed if they prayed together in Jesus’ name, she will be healed.  In this scenario, logic would have to be abandoned and sound judgment will have to be applied, pointing to the high possibility that faith was the answer.

There are countless stories like the one above.  A petite woman lifting a car off of her child, a man being shot point blank range in the forehead only for the bullet to pierce the skin, and not the skull, or what about a dog that saves a family from a burning house whose baby has the name Nevaeh, heaven spelled backwards.  How then is logic applied?  The bible says “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”  (1Co 2:9-11)  When it comes to God and His word, logic will fail.  Logic will fail because man’s mental abilities have limits.  Our creative and wildest imagination could not come close to what God can do.
There are things where logic can be applied, and is very helpful in making sound decisions regarding secular things.  However, when it comes to God, we will be limited until we put down logic and exercise faith.  If not, not only will logic fail, but logic can turn one into a fool, for only a fool can witness so many things that cannot be explained yet line up with what is written in the Bible, and yet say there is no God (Ps 14:1)  Amen!
“The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being." –Isaac Newton


  1. It's very difficult to understand a spirit God with natural devices. God makes no sense logically in some cases. I listen to Ravi Zacharias who is a defender of the faith. He gives get insight and logic into the existence of God and tools to fight back with.

    To me the bottom line is, Without Faith it is impossible to please God. If you don't have faith, even the logical things of God will not add up for you.

    On another note, this contrast between Faith and Logic is intensified when your body screams sick and spirit hangs on to healing. This is when the battle is most firey in the believers life. Holding spiritually when naturally evidence is seen and felt. This I think we must admit is the greatest of battles. Which is why I understand that "Without Faith It's Impossible to Please Him" and "Walk by Faith and not by Sight".

    B. Gregory Moore

  2. Amen brother Moore. Logic is contingent upon the person's ability to comprehend what is before him in order to bring about a conclusion. David said "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." Amen! If we look at how our body is structured, how so strong, yet delicate, it is beyond logic. We have to give way to an all powerful being which bestowed such a master piece.

    You hit it on the head. God is not pleased by our high intellect, but by our faith. That is why we will be rewarded if we diligently seek him. Good post my brother.

  3. I am right there with you brother (Gregory) becoming a Christian is not a matter of leaving the brain at the door, but devoting your mind and reasoning to fully understand God’s true word that is reveled to us as Christians. So like my brother states that “we walk by faith and not by site”.

    I believe that Logic is a device that the devil gives to the sinners as a weapon to fight against Christian faith. So for me it really boils down to either you believe in logic which is walking by site or you walk by faith which is trusting God. The choice is there we need to choose one.