The Logical Word in an Illogical World
Adam B Cozort
It is, many times, appalling to look out over the world in which we live and see the utter lack of logical thinking and use of common sense by members of “society.” We live in a world which devalues the home, religion, and everything that does not allow each person to go after his or her own selfish pleasures. It is, therefore, no small wonder that the world does not see as necessary logical thinking.
When one begins to talk about logic (especially in relation to the Scriptures) with many in this world, they are often told that logic is not necessary and they need to quit being so “high minded” about such matters. The same people who argue against the need for logic use it on a daily basis, whether they realize it or not. They will decry the use of logic in religion and other areas, but they cannot remove themselves completely from its true usage.
Webster’s Dictionary describes “logic” as, “The Science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference; the system or principles of reasoning applicable to any branch of knowledge or study; reason or sound judgment, as in utterances or actions; convincing forcefulness; inexorable truth or persuasiveness.” Simply put, logic is the process of correct reasoning which we strive to use in every facet of our lives. It is that which allows us to give proper answers to problems or questions and enables man to make reasonable decisions in life. Yet, when turning to religious matters, man wants to take logic and throw it out the window. For to use logic in regard to religion would mean there is a correct and incorrect, a right and wrong, in spiritual matters. This would cause great consternation to those millions of people in this country who seek to “live and let live” and “attend the church of their choice.” Therefore the only “logical” conclusion is that the Bible is not a book which can be used in relation to logic. It is instead a book of such a nature that each man must determine for himself what the Bible is seeking to relate to mankind. In doing so, man has sought to take the cohesive and infallible nature of the Scriptures and turn it into something that is divisive and incoherent to most people.
These things being stated, the evidence is profound and overwhelming that not only should logic be used in reference to God’s Holy Word, but that it must be used if one is to know and understand what God would have him do. The Word of God is a book of logic. It is written in a logical manner with clear, logical, precise principles dictated throughout.
Many examples of the logical nature of the Scriptures may be given in support of this statement. Next week, in part two of this article, some of these examples will be discussed as the logical nature of God’s Word is evidenced.
—Continued from last week—
Last week, the necessity of using logic in seeking to understand the Scriptures was discussed. This week, it will be our endeavor to consider the logical nature of the Scriptures and how that logic is evidenced.
The account of creation itself serves as evidence of the logical nature of both God and His Word. In Genesis one we read of the creation and the logical, progressive steps taken in order to bring this universe into existence. Over the course of seven days God spoke into existence light; firmament (separation of heaven and earth); separation of land and seas (with plants placed thereon); formation of the sun, moon, and stars; the creation of fish and birds; and, finally, the creation of animals and man. Hence, at the very beginning of Scripture, logic is already showing itself prevalent. God did not put the cart before the horse. Instead, He insured that each level of creation already had everything necessary to its sustenance available before it was created.
The theme of the Scriptures is another way in which the logical nature of the Bible is exhibited. The theme of the Scriptures from beginning to end is “The Scheme Of Redemption.” In Genesis three we have recorded the fall of man through sin in the Garden of Eden. From this point forward the emphasis of the Scriptures is that of bringing man back to God. If such could not be accomplished, there is no hope for man; neither here, nor in eternity. Yet in this we see the great logic of God, not only in His delivery of these things through the Scriptures, but also by the way in which He brought them about. In Genesis, beginning with Abraham, God lays out the family by which “shall all nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). From there, God shows the development of the seed-line of Abraham through the building of the Jewish nation. We find the giving of prophecy in an overwhelming fashion to show the people knew there was a Messiah coming to fulfill that which God promised Abraham. Thus, the Old Testament is a precursor to those things that will transpire within the pages of the New Testament. It is not simply a series of books placed before us for no apparent reason other than to give history. Instead it is laying the logical building blocks and irrefutable evidence necessary for that which is to come. The New Testament brings with it the fulfillment of God’s scheme of redemption in the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth to die for our sins. The beginning of the New Testament (Matthew through John) shows emphatically that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning a Savior, whether it be the prophecies to Abraham, those given by Malachi, or any in between. The balance of the New Testament (Acts through Revelation) deals with man’s part in the scheme of redemption and his need to uphold his portion of the equation if he wishes to receive the blessings of such a glorious gift. It also gives us a “better covenant” with “better promises,” (Heb. 8:6), that through Christ we might all have the hope of eternal life. Yet in all this there is one word with which these things can be described: Logical. Never does the word of God drift away from the presence of logic.
Even the writings of the epistles were writings power packed with logical principles and practice. There are passages such as Romans ten, which so beautifully describes the need for salvation and how it must be obtained. The book of Hebrews, which in thirteen brief chapters lays before us such logical argumentation showing the greatness of the Law of Christ as compared to the Law of Moses to which some were considering returning. Such are just a couple of examples of the logical nature of the Scriptures.
Someone may ask “what should this mean to me?” or, “What difference does it make whether the Scriptures were written logically or not?” In order for us to truly understand the Scriptures, we must do that which many in the world refuse to do: apply logic. In a world that, many times, seeks to avoid the definitive task of applying logic to situations, whether physical or spiritual; it is the case that only with the application of logic can a correct answer be found. Therefore it is with the utmost care, concern, and respect that we must search the Scriptures given by God, that we might understand and apply those things entrusted to us pertaining to our lives and salvation. Such can only truly be done through a proper application of logical reasoning.