Are Reason and Faith Opposites?

{MARCH, 2015}

What do you think — is it possible to be reasonable, and at the same time exercise faith? Because isn’t faith blind? The awakening Spring gives us the perfect backdrop for discussing this important question.

As I look around me at opening flower buds and tightly curled new green leaves, I can’t help but notice that every little plant has a part in the play. “Act I: Spring,” is the name of this portion of the drama, and no role is insignificant. Each tiny blade, delicate petal, and fragrant blossom speaks to us, telling of the Hand that shaped it and gave it life. God’s work is undeniable in His creation. A design must have a designer. There is no faith in that, only sight, only eyes willing to see what’s always been there. Looking around at the play Spring is performing for us, right before our very eyes, and then denying that God exists: now that takes faith!

 

I say that reason and faith work hand in hand. Reason is what happens inside my brain when I look outside and see the plants growing; faith is what happens inside my heart when I consider that the God Who made all of this is invisible to me, yet I believe in Him because I see evidence of His existence, power, wisdom, and love all around me.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

 

7 thoughts on “Are Reason and Faith Opposites?

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. You and your family must be surrounded by beautiful nature in Arizona. It seems to encourage your faith to remind the beauty of God’s creation .I also saw the photos you shared for us Japanese readers on Kinuko’s Japanese blog!
    I think that reason is also gift from God,too.

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  2. Dear Jessica,
    Reason and faith! Thank you so much for opening up this crucial topic, Jessica. As you know, Francis Schaeffer was dealing with this very issue. This morning, after reading your post, I re-read the portion from ESCAPE FROM REASON. I will quote the excerpt;

    THE LEAP
    The line of depair step has brought us to Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and the leap of faith. With Kant we noticed that the line between nature and universals had widened considerably. What Kierkegaard’s leap did was to put away the hope of any unity. After Kierkegaard we are left with this:

    OPTIMISM MUST BE NONRATIONAL
    —————————————————
    ALL RATIONALITY = PESSIMISM

    The hope of a connecting link between the two spheres has disappeared. There is no permeation of interchange; there is a complete dichotomy between the upper and lower stories. The line between the upper and lower stories has become a concrete horizontal, ten thousand feet thick, with highly charged barbed wire fixed in the concrete.

    What we are left with now runs something like this: Below the line there is rationality and logic. The upper story becomes the non-logical and the nonrational. There is no relationship between them.(Chapter 4, ESCAPE FROM REASON)

    Coming back to your question, “Are Reason and Faith Opposites? “, I would say “No” with you. As Sanae said, I also believe that our reason is a gift from God. As opposed to Kierkegaad, there is a link between reason and faith. Jessica, thank you again for opening up this topic! Have a blessed week. Kinuko

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  3. Dear Sanae and Kinuko,
    Thank you for your warm comments! I agree that reason is a gift from God. I also agree that though some people think that there is a great distance between reason and faith, they are wrong, because reason and faith do indeed work together. Our belief in the Bible and in Jesus Christ is RATIONAL, and is supported by facts, at the same time that we hope in what we do not see, and walk by faith.
    Thank you very much to both of you for your additional thoughts on this! I always am very grateful for your replies!
    Your friend,
    Jessica

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  4. Jessica, faith and reason go along together indeed. Book of Job, Proverbs, Psalms, Ecclesiastise–all give scientificly-proved facts. The reason why God didn’t give us detailed scientific report is because people didn’t have tools that will help understand deep science. In addition, all living organisms have a tissue–fascia. The tissue connects muscles to skin: it’s cross-shaped. ‘All things hold by Him’.

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    • Dear Irina,
      I’m sorry for the delay in replying to your wonderful comment! I honestly think that what you have said is very profound, and is very thought-provoking. I especially liked this statement that you made: “The reason why God didn’t give us detailed scientific report is because people didn’t have tools that will help understand deep science.” I wholeheartedly agree! Also, the point you made about the tissue connecting muscles to skin was new information to me; how interesting that it is cross-shaped. And yes, all things are held together by Jesus!
      Thank you again for your faithfulness in replying to my articles despite your busy schedule. I appreciate you so much!
      Jessica

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  5. SAINTHOOD QUALIFICATIONS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Who are the saints of God? God’s saints are those who are under His covenant. A covenant is an agreement between God and mankind.

    ALL MEN WHO ARE OR WERE UNDER GOD’S COVENANT ARE SAINTS.

    Psalm 50:5 “Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” (NKJV)

    ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SAINTS.

    Deuteronomy 33:1-3 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2. And he said: “The Lord came from Sinai, And dawn on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousand saints; From His right hand Came a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hands; They sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.(NKJV)

    Yes, those under under the old covenant were saints of God. The people under the old covenant were saints and they did not have to be placed in a canon of saints and then enacted by the ecclesiastical rule of church authority and approved by Moses.

    1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (NKJV)

    All men in God’s churches are saints. The body of Christ are God’s saints; one and all.

    Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (NKJV)

    The apostle Paul did not consider himself a candidate for beatification. Why not, because there is no such title of “Super Saint” found in Scripture. Paul said he was the least of saints.
    If there was a class of God like “Super Saints” that men could worship, by petitioning them through prayer, the apostle Paul certainly would have qualified. GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD, HE DOES WANT MEN TO WORSHIP ANY SAINT, DEAD OR ALIVE, BY PRAYING TO THEM.

    Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—(NKJV)

    These Christians were not praying for dead saints. These were live saints praying for other live saints. Saints are all members of the body of Christ; nothing more and nothing less.

    There are no Scriptures that mention a beatification of saints, through a canonical process; thereby turning a selected few into “SUPER SAINTS.”

    THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR SAINTHOOD!

    The qualification for sainthood under the new covenant are:
    A. FAITH: John 3:16
    B. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    C. REPENTANCE: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38
    D. WATER BAPTISM Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21

    When you come up out of the watery grave of baptism you are saved, you are a child of God, you are a member of the Lord’s church, your are part of the body of Christ, you have been clothed with Christ, you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, your sins have been forgiven, you are a member of the church of Christ, you have been raised to walk in a new life, you have been washed by the blood of Jesus, you are in the kingdom of God here on earth. YOU ARE A SAINT!

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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    • Dear Mr. Steve Finnell,
      Thank you for sharing with us about the topic of saints; I found it very intriguing! I do think you are right, that all true believers in Jesus Christ are saints. I personally, do not believe the practice of petitioning saints is biblical–in fact, it seems outright idolatrous to me!
      Thank you,
      Jessica Roldan

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