This past school year I had the privilege of interacting with and studying the discipline of logic. In youth group we went through study entitled Truth Matters where we logically went through key doctrines of the Christian faith to see that although we live by faith, our faith is reasonable. I also tutored the Challenge B program with Classical Conversations where the main thread of study through all of the subjects was logic. I wanted to share a few thoughts on logic as it relates to the Christian faith. We will see that logic is possible because God is a God of order, logic has limitations because God is infinite and we are not, and that logic is important for preaching the gospel.
1. Logic is Possible Because God is a God of Order.
2 Corinthians 14:33- For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
All throughout creation God has established order. He has set man as the highest of all creation. God’s directions to the church are orderly. There is an established order of authority that God has set in place for His church. He has given specific guidance not only on what He has called us to do but how to do it. He gives us orderly processes. This leads to peace individually and corporately. The Triunity of God is the ultimate example of God’s unity and order. Each member of the Godhead plays unique roles while functioning in a unified manner. The epistles of the New Testament such as Romans are loaded with logical implications concerning how we should live in light of what God has done for us. God exists with order. He communicates in an orderly way. When Christians study logic we are simply thinking and applying knowledge after the manner of God because we are created in His image.
Johannes Kepler once wrote,
“O God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee.”
2. Logic Has Limitations Because God is Infinite and We are Not.
Although God has given us minds to think His thoughts after Him we cannot fully comprehend all of His thoughts after Him. He has given us His word, but even some of the truths found in scripture although understandable are hard to comprehend. For some this is reason to discredit God and to perhaps deny His existence because if He was God he should be able to explain Himself. The reality is that only God could communicate about Himself to us in understandable language yet still leave us in awe and wonder. This makes Him God. He cannot be confined to the limits of our finite minds. We must remember that our thoughts and systems of logic must be measured according to God not God by our systems of Logic. John Frame writes on p. 331 of Systematic Theology, “No human system of logic, then, necessarily measures up to the mind of God. God’s logic is perfect, the standard of all human logic.”
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts
3. Logic is Important For Preaching the Gospel.
Logic is not only important for giving a reasoned defense for the Christian faith but also as a tool for listening to our neighbor. Too many times we argue against an idea that our friend may not even believe simply because we read about something in an apologetics book. None of us has the time to know and write a defense against every false idea that we may come up against. I have come to believe it is more profitable to know God’s Word, listen to our friends’ arguments, and then seek to form an argument that leads to Christ from their own worldview (Acts 17:22-34) or to deconstruct their argument so that they can see the inconsistencies themselves. It is our role to reason from the scriptures (Acts 19:8-10). It is the Spirit’s job to regenerate them. This is loving our neighbor as we proclaim to them the Gospel Truth of Jesus Christ who suffered the wrath of God on the cross, rose again, ascended to heaven, and lives today to bring a resolution to the greatest contradiction of history: How a just God could forgive wicked sinners.