Monday, June 11, 2007

Reason

Reason is a wonderful tool, and we constantly use it in everyday life. But for some matters, reason fails us.

For example, nothing is more reasonable than cause-and-effect: whatever happens is caused by something else. But cause-and-effect—and most other rules of logic—break down when we start talking about God. Too many questions aren’t answered reasonably: If God created everything, then who created God? How can Jesus be both God and man at the same time? How can Christians be both predestined for salvation and held accountable for faith and obedience? How can the Bible be both the Word of God and the product of human hands? We can spin in logical circles for centuries and never answer those questions adequately.

Reason is good and useful, but there are places where it simply won’t run. That’s where we have to quit depending on our own minds and trust in God.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

GotToBTru said...

According to the Midrash, Solomon reasoned that he didn't have to obey the law against the king "multiplying wives" (Deut 17:17) because, smartest man in the world and all, he knew the reason behind the law. Don't worry about me, God, I won't turn away. But turn away he did. led by all those wives and concubines. This might be what he was talking about in Ecclesiastes when he called wisdom and reason "folly". His great reasoning led him into folly.

Milton Stanley said...

Very good point, GTBT. Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and look how he turned out.