Rhyme and Reason

I’ve heard some people talk about “living by faith” and “not questioning God” and not trying to “prove God exists”. Basically their thought is that they don’t need to have fact for faith. It annoys me a bit when people think like this because the bible talks a lot about being able to back up your faith with reason. I know we’re not suppose to test God, but when I read my bible I see two kinds of relationships. The vertical relationship between God and people, and the horizontal relationship between people and people. I think we should question each other, and ourselves, but not God.  1 Peter 3:15-16 says “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” Know your bible well enough so that when people come at your faith you can (with Christ’s love, grace and humility) intellectually knock them to the ground. In Acts 18:4, 19:8, 19:9 and 24:25 it talks about Paul REASONING in the synagogue or temple. Paul was a smart dude, he was taught by a guy named Gamaliel who was “a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people” (Acts 5:34) Paul knew his bible, and wasn’t afraid to go get into discussions with people about it. This brings me to my second point. Knowing the bible is very important, but I think it is also important to know the biology, history, sociology, astronomy, political and other languages of the culture we live in. We’re told “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20). As ambassadors of Christ we aren’t citizens of this kingdom, but we need to know enough to be able to reason the gospel with people as effective Christians. Colossians 2:8 says “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” I think this is saying don’t buy into bad philosophy, don’t let anything that isn’t Christ’s philosophy capture your heart. The definition of philosophy according to Google is “The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.” So, what I’m getting from Colossians is that we’re not suppose to follow bad teachings. The question then becomes, is it becoming captive to human philosophy and elemental spirits to know what the modern secular biological views of the origin of life are, or what the beliefs of a Muslim are. I think, as long as your heart belongs to Christ and His philosophy, then knowing and learning about things like this aren’t bad. I actually think they are very useful tools in sharing the gospel because I better understand the arguments of the people opposing my views and I’m more capable of lovingly and humbly explaining why they’re idiots for allowing that particular world view to ruler their life instead of Christ. If your faith has all the fluffy happy rhymes and bible quotes from Sunday school but no reasoning behind it then I personally think it’s weak and very likely to crumble in the real world where people will hate you for what you believe. You need rhyme, and reason to your faith.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F1V2fZS7yA&list=PL8C8DD94A9A13B618&index=6&feature=plpp_video

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  1. I love this, Austin! Faith doesn’t have to be blind… This is why I love learning about chemistry and physics. It’s proof that an intelligent God created the world, and created it to be organized and set rules for it. That said, I think it’s more important to prove the power of our faith through showing Jesus’s love through our actions, not trying to prove it all with logic. Relying on logic alone to make someone believe in somethinig they can’t see gets you nowhere–I know from experience. :-P “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

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