Is There A Relationship Between Logic and God?

Some say that there is no relationship between the discipline of logic how this relates to the God of the Bible. So here are some of the common objections and responses:

Objection: There are no laws of logic that are absolutely certain.
Response: The laws of logic are undeniable and self-evident. When attempting to deny them as one actually affirms them. For example, the statement “There are no laws of logic” assumes the very principles the statement seeks to deny, namely, it employs the laws to makes a distinction between the existence and non-existence of law of logic.

Objection: Logic is only man’s reasoning and does not apply to God.
Answer: This objection is self-defeating since it utilizes “man’s reasoning” and is a logical statement about God. Either the objection is logical or it is not. If it is logical, then the objection defeats itself. If the objection is not logical, then it is illogical, with no reason for anyone to believe the objection is true.

Objection: Using logic makes God subject to human logic.
Response: This objection confuses the source of logic. Logic flows from the nature of God, not from humans. God determined logic; humans only discovered it. Theology and apologetics do not scrutinize God with logic. Only our statements about God are evaluated with logic. Since logic comes from God, we are not testing our statements about God by a standard outside Himself.

Objection: God can and often does work against logic (Isaiah 55:8-9) and human wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:19-2:16).
Response: God may- and indeed does- often act and think beyond the human ability to understand, but never contrary to local laws (Isaiah 1:18; Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:1-3; 1 Timothy 6:20). The objection fails to make the distinction between human wisdom that is “of this world” and godly wisdom that derives its source from heaven (1 Corinthians 1:20-21; Proverbs 1:7; 8:10-11).

Objection: God violates the laws of nature through miracles; he therefore can violate the laws of logic.
Response: Although God does break or suspend the laws of nature on occasion through miraculous acts, natural laws are of a different kind from the laws of logic. Natural laws are descriptive and, as such, only describe the way nature operates, not how it must operate. Laws of logic are prescriptive, directing the way people should think, not how they do think.

Objection: If God can do the impossible (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37), he can break the laws of logic.
Response: It is true that God can do the “impossible” if one is speaking of doing, what is humanly impossible. But God cannot do what is actually impossible, such as creating a triangular square, lying (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18), changing (Malachi 3:6) or denying himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Objection: Logic cannot save anyone, so why bother using it?
Response: The purpose of logic is not salvific, though thinking logically may cause one to perceive better claims of the gospel. Much of that is truth is not directly related to the fact of redemption, but is important for living and thinking correctly about God and His truth. Logic, knowledge, or wisdom cannot save anyone. Nether can moral conduct, since it is only through faith that a spiritual rebirth takes place (John 3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). But does this mean people should abolish moral living? No.

Objection: People do not always think logically, so why bother utilizing logic?
Response: Since people do not always act morally, should we give up living a moral lifestyle? No.

Info adapted from Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences by H. Wayne House and Joseph M. Holden. Copyright 2006 by H. Wayne House and Joseph M. Holden. Used by permission of Zondervan. To find out more info about Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences, see ISBN# 031021937X


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