Posted by: William | April 10, 2008

God is Logical

One of the ideas that I held for a long time as a believer was the idea that God wasn’t logical, that he wasn’t rational. People would ask me questions that challenged what I believed to be true, but rather than providing a biblical answer (which at the time I probably just didn’t know), I would respond with something along the lines of, “well, God isn’t logical”. I’ve argued against theological understanding that relied heavily on logical deductions. It’s almost like I thought that if God were logical, intellectually accessible, then he was somehow less God. He needed to be mystical and in some sense unknowable. I’ve changed my mind on that point of understanding. I believe now that God is very logical, very rational, and I think that God, in his Word, teaches us this.

People tend to think, in my experience, that to explain God rationally according to his Word, is somehow to box him in. If God says in his Word that he is loving, then rationally we believe that he is loving. That’s not to box him in, that’s simply one of his qualities that we rationally believe. Or, we might say, for example, God always deals with sin. Is that to box God in? Well, no, but he won’t be leaving that box.

Not only is it not boxing in to understand God rationally, but it seems to me that God perhaps created rationality to begin with. He submits himself to it. Take for example the book of Romans, Paul wanders down numerous avenues of thought—all highly logical—many deeply affecting to the way in which we relate to God. How could this possibly be unless God were a rational, logical God.

Or what about simply pulling way back away from the whole redemptive story to see it at a glance, what do we get? We see a set of covenants, the first of works and the second of grace. Now, an irrational, illogical God would not be bound to keep things such as promises, because it’s only rationality that allows us to believe those promises will be fulfilled. So, what kind of promise is, “Do this and live” from an irrational, illogical being? Or even worse, what kind of promise is, “I have sent my son so that you may have eternal life” from an irrational, illogical being? If we want to believe that God is indeed who he says he is, and he will indeed keep the promises he has made, then we must also believe that God is logical and God is rational.

Why do I say this? I say this because the mounting tendency among believers is to take hard theological issues and stamp them unknowable, or not worth considering and understanding. God disagrees. Our rational, logical God wrote about them in his book. What’s more than that, when forming us, he formed us with minds to perceive these rational things. We dishonor God and the Word when we cast these things aside.

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Responses

  1. The central thought of the book of Romans is that God is transforming sinners into sons to form the body of Christ. This not justification by faith- is the basis concept of this book. If we do not have this view, we shall have a very superficial understanding of Romans. Ultimately, this book is not just MERELY for our personal salvation; it is for the formation of the Body of Christ.

    In the book of Romans there are four stations: justification, sanctification, the Body and the churches. All christians may be classified according to these four stations. Many real Christians have STOPPED at the station of justification. They have been redeemed, justified, reconciled, and saved, but they have stopped their journey at justification. It seems that they are satisfied and do not want to hear anything further. In the past I have talked to many christians about seeking the Lord and going on with him. But some have said, ‘ Isn`t it good enough to be saved? I have been saved, the blood of Jesus has redeemed me, I have been regerated, and I am now a child of God. One day I shall go to heaven. Please don`t bother me with anything else.” A great part of genuine Christian go no farther than this station.

    By the Lord`s grace, other Christians seek for what is called the deeper life or inner life. They are not satisfied merely with justification, but pursue something further, higher, richer,and deeper. These Christians eventually reach the station of sanctification in Romans 8.

    After the end of WW2, some of the Christian in the second station began to talk very much about the Body. According to book of Romans, chapter 12, is the station of the proper Body life. But according to the experience of many Christians today, it is not actually the station of the Body, but the station of Body-talk. Thus, we may call these Christians the Body-talkers. Although Christians talk so much about the Body, where is the Body ? The more they talk about the Body, the more divisions they caused. Before 1945 there were not so many divisions in the USA as there are today. But from time to time, hundreds of little groups began to form, nearly all of which were talking about the Body. We do not have the Body simply by talking about the Body. You do not have the church life, how can you have the Body ? Those who practice the church life is the fourth station in the Book of Romans.

    to continue………

  2. Is God logical? The following would seem to suggest so:

    All is energy (The known Universe consists of energy in 3 forms)
    God should be all powerful (by definition – who would want a limited god?)
    Must be energy (of all 3 forms)

    Matter : energy (particles of energy in the form of discrete fermions)
    Light (E) also energy (but in non-material form: energy as indiscrete bosons)
    God both m/non-m (fermions/bosons, matter/E)

    Light: particle/wave (Photons acting in a wavelike manner)
    Waves exist in a field/ground (a medium which is conducive to wave action)
    Dark energy is (the medium of E and matter)

    God is all knowing (by definition – unlimited)
    One must be aware to know (The “something” that knows is awareness itself)
    Must be awareness (both individualized and non-individualized: I and not-I)

    All Energy: God (a priori)
    All awareness is God too (a priori)
    Energy: aware (Awareness is energy)

    Dark e a God form (one of the 3 forms of energy/God)
    As awareness has two states (as individual (I) and non-individual (not-I))
    Dark e the not-I (Tao, Holy Spirit, Allah, Buddha Nature, Brahma, Void…)

    Life defined: e/a (all life is energy/awareness of various degrees)
    E/a is a form of God (a priori)
    Man must have Godness (as must every other form of life and non-life)

    God defined as love (what is love?)
    E/a must also be love (giving/receiving, attention/attraction; union?)
    Man must be love too (as basic nature)

    Do not believe it! (everything said above)
    Lose your I, become not-I (reunite with transcendent God)
    Then you will know it (by actual experience)


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