Logic

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" And he stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other. (Matthew 12:13) Had the man argued that Jesus was asking him to do something not logically possible, he would have missed his healing.

When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." And so he went away and washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:6,7) Again, had the man argued that Jesus was asking him to do something illogical, he would have missed his healing.

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9) Like the two men, if we argue that this is illogical, we will miss Jesus.

The sooner we stop trying to apply logic to Christianity, the sooner we go on with Christ, get out of His way, and let Him use His foolishness to confound our wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:27) Our rational thought can never anticipate the ability of Christ in our lives.

When we think about purpose for being, or life after death, or beginning of all existence, we leave logic behind. These are topics for which no human being has understanding. We can speculate and we can believe, but we cannot know for sure.

For that reason, there is no logic to any religion, even the religion of evolution. Yes, evolution is religion, for it takes blind faith to believe that a giant cloud of red-hot gases exploded out in space, then condensed into solid matter. Gases cool only when there is something cooler to receive their heat energy. Heat can't be dissipated into nothing.

Where would the heat come from in the first place? How could a conglomeration of dust particles (coming from a no dust environment) suddenly get together and pool their energy to blow each other away? Dust results from the wearing away of something. If the universe was completely empty, where did the dust come from to form the cloud? So much for the big bang theory. Can we see that blind faith is required to accept all this lack of logic?

We disciples realize we are not the ripple effect of some monstrous explosion, and we are not the product of something that began in primordial soup and eventually evolved to swinging in a tree. We have faith, but not that much faith!

Faith makes us unique and unpopular. Unique, not because of our preaching about Jesus, but because the world sees the presence of God operating in our lives. Unpopular because it isn't popular to relinquish control of self, to abandon logic, and walk secure in who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us.

Yet we still tend to apply logic to Christianity. We try to attain spiritual knowledge simply by studying the Bible. But that is not how we come to know our Lord.

The Holy Spirit may use what we know to teach us more, and to enable us to understand what the Lord is doing. But we must come to the place where, if the Lord doesn't do something, we are finished. We can go no further without Him.

This doesn't happen by listening to preaching, it happens as the cross is applied to the independence of our flesh.

Discarding logic is a big part of this transaction. If we are serious about our walk with the Lord, sooner or later we must allow the cross to destroy the last trace of our self-life, which has been the stronghold of Satan's power.

The Lord takes us at our word, and He uses whatever method necessary to bring us to a fuller and higher knowledge of Himself. All real service to Him issues out of that relationship.

It is not what we know, but what we have that counts. Knowing is not the same as having. Having is the application of what we know. Application requires faith, not logic, for Jesus never asks us to accept something logical from Him.

It wasn't logical for Peter to walk on water. It isn't logical to believe he did walk on water. But Jesus demands that we believe it, just as He commanded Peter to step out of the boat.

Can we see that there is no logic to anything that Christ requires? If there were a particle of logic, there would be no need for faith. That is why the Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).

"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." (Isaiah 55:8,9)

It is time to recognize that man's logic cannot approach God's logic.

As we start every new day, why don't we throw logic out the window and simply say, "Yes, Lord, we are ready to walk today with no certainty of our next step. It looks impossible to us, but Your word says all things are possible through You.

"We lay down our logic, pick up our faith and step boldly out, secure in the knowledge that You are in charge."

Let's determine not to get bent out of shape, or ashamed, or afraid, or anything else because there is no logic to what we believe. Remember, there is no logic to what anyone else believes either, regardless of what it is.

If it turns out that the Bible isn't true, we have just as good a shot at the future as an unbeliever; but if it is true, we're way ahead in the game of life. It boils down to a decision to believe what we believe, logical or not. As fellow-disciples, we have chosen to believe Jesus. According to the Bible, that makes us overcomers. Congratulations!

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Do I try to apply logic to my faith?