The Issue of Faith versus Reason
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen”. If I open the cupboard doors and nothing is in there, then there is certainly no evidence, but the hope might still be there. You have not because you ask not. So let me understand, faith is the substance of things hoped for and there is no evidence, so maybe if I ask Him, my cupboards will be filled with some evidence that I can eat. I have never had evidence to eat but I am willing to try it and like everything else it probably tastes like chicken. Let’s be reasonable, after all, I know what reason is, I have been reasoning all my life: Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. The concept of reason is sometimes referred to as rationality and sometimes as discursive (rambling) reason. You see our reasoning is like rambling. Or like talking too long with no real substance? “Rambling On”, I think there was a song by that title, wait, there is more to this reasoning business than meets the eye. Reason or reasoning is associated with thinking, cognition, and intellect. Now I am getting somewhere. Mind over matter, hold on, I’ve been there done that. Remember, I have heretofore functioned as though Mind were king? Now I am told that my mind will never comprehend the things of God. (I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart).
The way people reason through argument is the subject in the fields of logic. “Now we are one”, is this logical? Reason is closely identified with the ability to self-consciously change beliefs, traditions, and attitudes and therefore having the capacity for freedom and self-determination. If I have the freedom to self-determine, then what about the Lord saying I need a new mind? I hope this doesn’t mean I am going to be replaced and who is it that will replace me? It’s obvious we need our minds to determine stuff and if we are to be replaced then something has to occur before we are able to determine again. So where does inductive and deductive reasoning enter in to this? Hold it, am I saying that there are parallels to input and inductive reasoning and output to deduction? I don’t know yet let’s see. If every day, we leave for work in the car at eight o’clock and the drive to work takes 45 minutes I arrive to work on time. Therefore, if I leave for work at eight o’clock today, I will be on time. The deductive statement above or your output is a perfectly logical statement, but it does rely on our initial premise being correct. Yeah, but what happens if today there is construction on the way to work and I end up being late? This is why any hypothesis you make can never be completely proved, because there is always the possibility the initial premise is wrong and I run with it causing me grief. Just because your input works the opposite of output I always end up moving from specific observations to broader generalizations and theories and I am aware they call that ” a bottom up” approach and boy just think what we can do with that concept. Look all this means is that I begin with specific observations and measures, to then detect patterns and regularities, thereby formulating some tentative hypotheses to explore, and then I end up developing some general conclusions or theories. It seems the only difference between men and women from other mammals is the spirit connector God designed in us to link up with His Spirit so that we can both recognize and begin to comprehend spiritual matters. Therefore, logic must be a derivative of our determining a course of action that is predicated on decisions of our mind. But which mind or which part are we going to use for our decision making? This is why we are always in conflict and suffering from an all too smart confusion and it further defines our unjustified – self-justification.
Well what do you think? For one I see that our Limited Partnership (Mind) has been purchased by the Blood of Christ and that the third person, the Holy Spirit has become Senior Partner and the three of us have become one. That is profound Rob kind of makes me proud to have known you. That sounds a little past tense like maybe I’m going away or something. I think I am going away but to a better firm with greater opportunity. So when I join this new firm I wonder do I lose all identity and fade away among the many? In the former sense yes the “old” does fade away and as I am absorbed into this new firm my former identity is laid to rest to reemerge in this new company as full partner with the Founder. Kind of sounds like a death doesn’t it? Yeah it does and I think it is a death but yet it is life. Am I prepared for that eventuality? I think yes, finally, I think yes. I must say however, that I as of yet do not see all of the ramifications of such an event but like Jesus I believe the Father will raise us up again to die no more and just maybe this is the true definition of faith for truly this is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of which is not yet seen, and maybe this is why All Christians should die at least twice.