logic, the enemy of faith?


I heard this statement tonight – and I’m not sure where I stand concerning it… the statement went like this: “logic is the enemy of faith”.

is logic from God? so how could logic be the enemy of faith?? So maybe the statement should have been “logic is the enemy of a faith in God“….? But then again… wouldn’t following the trail of logic bring you to the end result of a faith in God, since logic was given / created by God? (John 1:3 Through him all things were made, with out him nothing was made that has been made.”)

please comment if you have thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “logic, the enemy of faith?

  1. Jason,

    I don’t think logic is the enemy of faith, I’m coming to understand that current thinking makes logic the default mode in difficult situations. If we don’t understand something, especially concerning God or in Scripture, we try to reason it out using logic. Not to say that logic isn’t a reasonable way to do this but it has its limits. Our problem is that when we come to something like the trinity that “logically” we can’t fully get our minds around we can either reject it on the basis of logic or accept it on the basis of faith. So logic isn’t the enemy of faith but it has too, I think be the servant of faith. Just some thoughts. I love hearing what you’re thinking about.

  2. I disagree with that statement. It’s like saying that God doesn’t make sense. Now sometimes he does require us to do things that may not seem logical at the time but after the fact, time and time again, i see the results make the actions very logical (like building a huge Arc and putting lots of animals in it). the limitation is you can’t act on logic alone but you can act on faith alone or you may not build your Arc or do something God has called you to do.

    Faith is spelled R-I-S-K according to the founder of the Vineyard movement and I completely agree. Sometimes the risk is doing something illogical.

    how do you define “understanding” without having some sort of sense or logic to it? to me that is like saying we can never understand God and I cannot live like that. There are many things I do not understand about God but there are also many things that I do understand about God and those give me life, joy, hope, and passion.

    Job 37:5
    God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding.

    Psalm 111:10
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

  3. Jason my friend,

    so here is what this kid thinks. Logic is preserved within the confines rules and laws, it needs constantans to exist. Faith is acting with no constants; the unknown or at least uncertain. Then again stepping out in faith seems like acting with certainty in spite of that unknown. So if I think that faith is outside constants, but I definitely believe that God is a constant yet I also think that he has to be able to operate out side of those rules and laws (constants). Soooo….are you above the law, if you are the law? Dude I’m an idiot, this place is screwing me up, God did not intend this place for Man, I really don’t think it is good for people to live here… but I love it and may come back yet again. Any way I don’t think that Faith is the enemy of Logic; I don’t think the two do battle and try to vanquish the other in the epic battle for the minds of Man. I don’t think Faith sits around thinking of ways to piss off Logic or that Logic slashes tires on Faith’s 69 dodge charger or spreads rumors about Faiths girlfriend. I think that while they may be completely different they need each other to exist. Without the confines of logic, faith is nothing; if one is going to step out in faith he has to have something to step out of. So if you need white to have black, do you need black to have white? A wise friend once posed to me that evil needs good to exist but good only needs the possibility of evil to exist. So perhaps the same applies her, and perhaps I’m still a moron with brain atrophy. This reminds me a lot of my friendship with Chris, we are to very different people, yet somehow we keep finding ourselves leaning on each other. Dude, who I be, Faith or Logic?

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