Updated: Jul 1
One of the things that really disturbs me, due to its subtlety in subverting the word of God, is when people reason their theology due to their own logic instead of seeing what God actually says about a matter.
It can be all-too-easy to say that some doctrine “must be” because of some logical excuse, when really God has said nothing to that effect in His Word. Oftentimes, this logic is /based on/ God’s Word, but it is taken out of context or extrapolated beyond what God has actually said (Matthew 4:6).
Jesus Himself had to rebuke His own disciple Peter for using human logic instead of taking Him at His Word… It happened just after Jesus announced to His disciples that He was going to die. Upon hearing Jesus say this, Peter rebuked Jesus and said, “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” (Matt 16:22)
But what was Jesus’ reply?
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Matt 16:23)
Do you see it? Peter was thinking with human logic, reasoning about what “must” or “mustn’t” be, according to what he thought seemed right (Proverbs 14:12). But in so doing, He stopped listening to what Jesus /actually/ said. He stopped taking God at His Word.
And that’s exactly what we do today. Sometimes we don’t like the plain reading of Scripture because it goes against our preconceived notions; against what we’ve always been taught; against our human logic… (1 Corinthians 1:19-20)
But I think we would be all-the-better off if we would stop and remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts (and logic) are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
It is in coming to that place in our minds that we can finally stop trying to reason our way into getting the Bible conformed to our own whims and wishes (2 Timothy 4:3-4) and instead simply read the Bible and take God at His Word.