Illogical, So What! Part 2

For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”  Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Corinthians 1:19-20 NIV)

What permanent advantage is there in supporting a lie? If conventional wisdom urges toleration on some matters, but rabid opposition in others, should we go along with it? To do so is to risk sharing in their destruction. We must consider all matters with a Christian mindset, that means rationally. Anyone who tells you otherwise, should be considered suspect.

Last time, I shared my frustration. I had an argument. After what seemed like an hour, it ended in a truce. No one gave an inch. I lay part of the blame upon my reliance on my ability to persuade, and part on this dear one’s “Christian” fellowship. This is no knock on the people for they are precious souls, but on their church’s way of teaching disciples. Some of their more controversial views are protected by a wall of bad reasoning and poor Scripture interpretation. Leaders are entrusted with the pulpit after demonstrating skill in defending long-held doctrines. Whenever challenged, their rote training kicks in. They have ears but cannot hear. Anyone who differs, is an enemy. They stand on their version of truth, no matter what. (For that reason, many regard them as a Christian cult.)

This group is not alone. Much of Christianity has become illogical. Our diversity of doctrines is the result of lawyer-like argumentation more than seeking truth. I could site many examples. Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) is one. Again, it is not a knock on the people, but on the illogical nature of their arguments, a reliance on intelligence and the lack of a Christian mind.

Logic and reasoning will protect us from the deceitful but clever-sounding arguments of our day. Next time, we will briefly look at the skillful way unbiblical and illogical teachers have succeeded in persuading much of Western Christianity. Did I say “unbiblical” and “illogical”? So what!

One Reply to “Illogical, So What! Part 2”

  1. Excellent Post! As teachers we are required to seek the Truth and then present it. It may not be popular but we must call out a false teaching (in love) when we see it. One example I will be sharing on a future post about how someone interpreted the latter temple in Haggai’s prophecy as the church. I shared my frustration with a dear brother in Christ and while he agreed with me he took the middle ground. His response was that God’s Word is eternal and can have different meanings for different times. I agreed that God’s word is eternal and will exist even after this world is consumed by fire but there is a difference between interpretation of Scripture and application of the Word. I agreed that applying Scriptural verses to our lives will differ as our circumstances and our Christian grown develop. However, I also stressed that there is one correct interpretation of Scripture and we must stand by Truth. EJ

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