So, I was thrilled to find a 2-part series titled "Christianity And Logic" that Issues, Etc. did with Dr. Gregory Schulz of Concordia University Wisconsin last week.
Is Christianity logical? Yes and no (sorry, but I'll let you listen for the answer to how that can be rather than ruin it for you here).
As stated several times throughout this series, in this Post-Modern age we live in, there is no "objective truth" anymore, because "truth is relevant" and the general mindset is that we should be taught a certain set of presuppositions, which includes this notion that no one needs to learn how to to think for themselves anymore.
More specifically, we're being taught that we need to abandon all reason -- even Bible-believing Christians too!
As a result, we're constantly bombarded with messages that proclaim that the Bible is an "illogical" and "unreasonable" book and, therefore, we ought to reject it completely. Worse is when this is being encouraged by others who identify themselves as Christians!
This discussion actually comes at a perfect time for me as I've been focusing more attention on the area of Christian Apologetics, but also because of a recent conversation I had on Twitter a few days ago.
Thanks be to God that He has helped me to see this now, b/c there was a time when I used to DESPISE this truth... https://t.co/34m3zuBlYq— LutheranLayman (@LutheranLayman) April 25, 2016
@LutheranLayman @BurgerVonStadt Are you saying you believe because other people in authority believe and they can't be mistaken?— Tommy Vaughan (@tommyvaughan) April 27, 2016
@tommyvaughan @BurgerVonStadt Not at all. I believe what God's Word says rather plainly. It's just that there was time when I cherry-picked.— LutheranLayman (@LutheranLayman) April 27, 2016
@LutheranLayman @BurgerVonStadt How do you know it's "God's word" if you don't rely on the history of others telling you it is?— Tommy Vaughan (@tommyvaughan) April 28, 2016
@tommyvaughan @BurgerVonStadt The same way we "know"/"rely on the history of others" telling us the truth -- eyewitnesses/written accounts.— LutheranLayman (@LutheranLayman) April 28, 2016
@LutheranLayman @BurgerVonStadt Would you believe in your God less if you found out they were mistaken?— Tommy Vaughan (@tommyvaughan) April 29, 2016
@tommyvaughan @LutheranLayman If one holds to the inspiration of scripture, then having proven false would have an affect, yes. However...— Burg (@BurgerVonStadt) April 29, 2016
@tommyvaughan @LutheranLayman ...time and time again the scriptural record has been proven reliable and accurate. So I'm not too worried.— Burg (@BurgerVonStadt) April 29, 2016
@BurgerVonStadt Your book may be. But the Muslim believes the Quran is the reliable and accurate book. How can we tell which is true?— Tommy Vaughan (@tommyvaughan) April 30, 2016
@tommyvaughan @BurgerVonStadt This is just a quick Google search, but compare Biblical docs w/other ancient docs --> https://t.co/xNIpWdrEK8— LutheranLayman (@LutheranLayman) April 28, 2016
It's certainly not the first conversation along that line of thinking and it won't be the last either.
However, it got me thinking about how we can still reject the truth even despite clear evidence that's presented to us.
Yes, there will be people who choose to ignore that kind of hard evidence and even the hard evidence in the form of an empty tomb.
1 Corinthians 1:18-30 (ESV) For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
Those who see only foolishness in the crucifixion of Christ upon the cross deny its power to save them from eternal destruction, because Christ's crucifixion upon the cross (His death and resurrection for the sins of all mankind) is the instrument of God's love and free gift of salvation to each and every one of us.
Human wisdom cannot lead anyone to God, Who reveals Himself in the message of the cross. The heart of the Gospel is Jesus' atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Though Jesus' death appears foolish and shameful to some, it is the only basis of our salvation.
The forgiveness of sins ... cannot come to us in any other way than through the Word. How would we know about it otherwise?
-- Large Catechism V 31
Is Christianity logical and reasonable? Again, yes and no.
In a Lutheran layman's terms, we must be ready to explain not just WHAT we believe, but WHY we believe it (2 Timothy 4:2).
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