This from the Bible Illustrator, on 1 Cor 16.14:
As means towards the attainment of the best ends there is no comparison between these. The latter [logic] may convince the understanding and leave the heart unchanged, but the former [love] will win the heart, and with that gained, the understanding will usually soon succumb.
The difference between them is similar to that between a mallet and the sun in reducing ice to water. The mallet may break the ice into small particles, but each particle will remain ice still, while the sun’s heat falling upon the ice will melt it into a fluid, and so impregnate the fluid with its warmth that while that warmth is continued the water cannot assume again its icy condition.
So in changing opinions and reforming habits. Arguments will be of little avail without a loving disposition behind them. The opinions, after all cold pure arguments, will remain generally unchanged, or probably assume another false complexion, and the habits, if broken up for a little, will soon resume their wonted round.
But if love prevails, the eyes looking it, the face beaming it, the words expressing it, the whole demeanour demonstrating it, the citadel of opinion will melt before the loving assault, and the heart will become ablaze with the sacred glow.
Love and logic should at least go hand in hand in seeking the regeneration of the world.
I once was told that I needed to take a class in logic because I was unable to sufficiently satisfy a proposition with my answer. In the eyes and mind of the proposer, my words failed to disprove their conclusion because I chose to look at the final step while ignoring the steps that led to the conclusion and was essentially accused of filibustering the syllabus.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed, sharpest knife in the drawer or the first to know about the latest discovery. I don’t even right or perfectly spell in the language that I have practically used my entire life. I’m mature enough to admit that. But (you knew there was a but coming) regardless of my self-confessed flaws, I like to think of myself as being an honest examiner and one capable of seeing a truth that is based upon sound logic. And I even have a logical reason for believing such. I do not believe the same way today that I did fifteen-years-ago about matters of religion. Not only do I not believe the same way, I preach what I once did not believe! I was not raised in the church of Christ. My preaching isn’t based upon some diploma that I have received from a university or a school of preaching. My preaching is based practically upon the same thing that led to my conversion – studying the Bible in such a way that is logical when a foundational principal or principle is kept in mind. Thus, I believe myself to be capable of being open-minded as well as being capable of admitting my error and learning what was once unknown to my mind when logic is presented.
Now that we’re back on the logic bus, I was thinking the other day, of the logical sorts, when a funny thought came to mind that I just had to write down to make sure that I could see what I was thinking. I have heard the following formula used in debates:
if A > B and B > C then A > C
That formula sounds perfectly logical doesn’t it? And that’s because it is! Who in their right-mind would disagree? But (and you knew there was a but coming again, didn’t you?) what if the topic isn’t a matter of mathematics? What if the topic doesn’t allow for a formula that says if A > B and B > C then A > C? Would the topic be illogical? Perhaps in the eyes of some it would be. But mark it down – there will be times in life when logic isn’t going to be relegated to formulas, such as the one given above, no matter how logical it might sound to the ears of some. Things don’t always have to be settled with complicated formulas. A thousand words don’t have to be used to prove a sentence wrong. Further still, there will be times when the above formula could lead a person to the wrong logical conclusion – yes sir, it could actually become the flaw in sound logic or the sound of flawed logic…whichever you prefer. And how’s that? Check out my formula below and you’ll get your answer. By the way, as a side note, my formula was worked out on top of my to-go-box with a not-so-magic-marker. To those of you who have been there before with a thought in your head, I’m sure it’s a completely logical place to put a note.
So many people often reject the truth of the gospel because it doesn’t “make sense” to them. In this video from “Preaching the Gospel” brother Watkins addresses the difference between trusting God by faith and trusting God because of our logic. It’s a great basic lesson that can address so many spiritual issues that our divided religious world is facing today.
I would like your reaction to something I just read on Facebook. It was a quote culled from Twitter.
“Why do Christians worship a homeless man on Sunday & then turn quickly away from the first one they meet on Monday morning?” (Denver Moore).
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
Dale Carnegie, American motivational writer (1888-1955)