Faith is theological – not logical, illogical

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2020

Faith is not logical.  But it isn’t illogical either.  Faith is theological.  It doesn’t ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation. . . .  Faith is not mindless ignorance; it simply refuses to limit God to the logical constraints of the left-brain. . . .  Logic questions God.  Faith questions assumptions.  And at the end of the day, faith is trusting God more than you trust your own assumptions.”- Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson moves on in Chapter 4 of Wild Goose Chase as he observes that  children possess a holy curiosity.  In fact, they’re born with it.  In addition do they display an interest in everything, they also believe everything’s possible.  Rather than make assumptions, Mark adds, children swim in a sea of possibilities.

Thus, the beauty of childhood centers on a child’s belief that anything’s possible.  So, no eight-foot ceilings exist in their world.  And only one limit comes into play: their God-given imagination.  Soren Kierkegaard wrote the following on the topic of possibility:

“If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.  Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.  And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility.”

However, Pastor Batterson counsels, when you stay in the cage of your assumptions, memory overtakes imagination.  But if you chase the Wild Goose, imagination overtakes memory.  Therefore, Mark advises, never:

  • assume you must be ready for God to use you; because you’ll never be ready
  • choose to hang on to your assumptions; instead, hang on to God — you can’t do both
  • stay in the cage simply because it’s never been done that way before
  • allow feeling unqualified to keep you in the cage
  • rely on what you perceive as possible; faith allows God to redefine possibility

Today’s question: How do you see faith as theological, rather than logical or illogical?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Forfeit spiritual potential – fail to pray”

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