“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7
Remember the slogan, “You are what you eat.” How about this Biblical one, “You are what you think”.
The early church had an emphasis on developing a heart toward God. This was the Hebraic way. The scriptures were not accessible like today. The relationship with God was the focus. God related to his people on a personal and intimate level. Obedience was the key to a healthy relationship with God. Decisions were not made based on reason and analysis, but by obedience. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10).
Many of the miracles performed in the Bible went against natural reason. God tested the person’s obedience, not their knowledge. Knowledge and reason came into the early Church with the Greek scholars. The focus on knowledge and reason has become more accepted in the Church over the years. Loss of intimacy with God has been the fallout as a result. Is your focus on gaining more knowledge or growing in intimacy with Jesus?
Faith vs. Logic - Faith sees the facts of the situation and still believes. We need to be careful that we don’t allow logic to get in the way. Let’s illustrate this scripturally.
Zacharias was a priest in the temple and he and Elizabeth had no children. Not only was Elizabeth barren, but she was now past the age of having children. An angel of the Lord told Zacharias that he and his wife would have a son: “Zacharias, your prayer is heard ; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth (Luke 1: 13-14).
The angel was announcing an impossibility— a reality that contrasted with natural logic. Elizabeth was not only barren, but she had passed the age of even having children. Both impossibilities were against Zacharias and his wife. This announcement disagreed with logic, and as a result it caused Zacharias to respond out of logic, not faith: “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.” There is a difference between asking a question of logic (un-belief) or simply desiring more information. Zacharias was asking out of logic so that is why the consequences were so severe. “And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my word” (:20).
The angel Gabriel appeared to young Mary and delivered perhaps an even more impossible announcement to her than Zacharias: “And behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (: 31-32). This announcement was illogical. Not only was she a virgin, but she would actually become impregnated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
At first glance, her response does not seem too different from Zacharias’, but the difference is revealed in how Mary ultimately responded to the truth of God’s Word: Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord ; may it be done to me according to your word” (: 38). We need to follow Mary’s example when it comes to believing the Word of God, even if it defies facts, logic, and all natural reason. The result? God used Mary supernaturally to birth Jesus. In the same manner, Jesus is revealed through us as we assume the faith posture of Mary and say, “Lord, let it be according to Your Word!”
What Faith vs. Logic Battle is Going in in Your Life?