I’m not sure if anyone still remembers the “Logic of Reasoning” post from my old blog but this was one thing I forgot to expand on, and only now have I actually bothered to type this up. Anyway, last time I was talking about how logic plays a fundamental part in understanding God and how the world works; and that when we try to understand the infinite diversity of God’s creation, even the abstract ones, they all require logical thinking in order to reach the best possible conclusion. Of course just because one opinion about say life and death is more logically “sound” doesn’t make it absolutely true in God’s eyes; it’s the most reasonable conclusion we as humans can make, and sadly we won’t always get things right.
But surely logic does govern how the universe works and surely it is also through logic that we can come to understand God and maybe why things are the way they are in our lives. I don’t want to go in depth about this but I suppose I can take just one simple example which I found fascinating when I first encountered it. Let’s take good old Genesis 1, perhaps the most controversial chapter in the Bible from a scientific perspective. Without considering the passage too scientifically here is a list of the days of creation:
Day 1: Light and Dark
Day 2: Sky and Sea
Day 3: Land and Trees
Day 4: Sun, Moon and Stars
Day 5: Birds and Fish
Day 6: Animals and Fruit/Plants and Man
Omitting the 7th day for now, take a look at the first three days and compare with the last three. Do you see some sort of link? Theology courses will teach this as “Form & Fill”. In the first three days God created the form of the world, and in the last three days He fills those things with life. Early on most people would’ve just thought that the six days were in particular order and surely you could muddle up the six days of creation and the world would still be right, yeah? But no. Where would you put the fish if there was no sea? And where would you place the sun and the moon if there was no sky?
God’s intelligent design demonstrates a logical approach in creating the world; He created the form first and then filled it. That makes sense yes? And we as humans are able to understand God’s logical approach to creation. But then again, we don’t come nearly as close to understanding God’s logic. Sure we might have been able to work out the way He created the world. But there are many other things which we cannot logically comprehend, things where we go: “What? !Why did God do that? I don’t see the logic behind it.”
And I’m thinking that perhaps the most illogical thing God has done (from our perspective) is sending Jesus Christ to die for us. So the world is messed up, sinful, rebellious and there is so much conflict. It would seem that the world described in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) represent a world which couldn’t possibly pick itself up and “turn good”. So how would it be done? Well I’m no good in fixing the world in one action but surely it would a difficult and arduous process (which we obviously haven’t discovered today).
But God, on the other hand, He sends His only Son to earth as a sacrifice for everyone’s sin. How is that a logical step? For example, if I see a fire, the best way to put it out is to pour water over it. There are several other ways to extinguish a fire (such as removing all oxygen from the vicinity, if possible) but as you can see there is a logical step in using water to put out the fire. But for us, we can’t even comprehend how God sending His Son as a sacrifice can remove the world’s sin. I don’t think anyone would have thought of something like that because it doesn’t seem like a logical thing to do.
And yet God has indeed solved the world’s problem of sin, in one act, and in one we couldn’t possibly predict. If it worked (and it has) then there must be some logical step which would point to Christ as the solution for sin. But we can’t understand that logical step, and perhaps we may never will. This just goes to show just how much intelligent God is with his logical reasoning. God sending Jesus is by far the hardest thing to understand about God’s nature; which draws on the idea that God is in fact very unpredictable (because logic serves to help in predictions). For example, if I pour water on fire, logic tells me the fire will go out. But if the entire world is suffering from tremendous sin, human logic will not tell us that God is going to send His Son to the world to die for our sins.
Having worked that God’s logic is much greater than ours, how much more should we trust in Him to influence our lives. Sure, sometimes God will do things in our lives that don’t make sense to us; and perhaps for eternity we may never understand why God did it. But if even for a few incidents we can say: “Oh, so that’s why God did this to me…” then we can realize that God does have the greater logic. For example, he might make us suffer for like a short period and then you finally see the benefits of suffering say after a year. But it is only after a period time in which we see the logical reasoning behind the bad things of the past; just as an example. So therefore we should always be keeping our faith in Him and never assuming the bad side of things that happen to us; because to God, there is a logical reason behind it, even if we can’t see it.