Summary: We do a study on FAITH and REASON, two parts. Both parts here.
Faith Beyond Reason
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
This is Part #1 of Faith? Reason?
I ponder, could everything hinge on FAITH?
I ponder whose report are you believing? Why?
We fail to realize that listening to words can bring life or they can bring death?
I would like to teach how faith learns to
recognize the value of rightly spoken words,
and the danger of misspoken words.
I have been pondering the difference between faith and reasoning.
I ponder the influence of faith vs reasoning.
As we ponder this I would like to direct our
pondering to several areas.
Case one would be the fact that reasoning is very good.
The Bible says: Isa. 1:18,
Come now let us reason together.
But know reasoning can be a faith killer.
Reasoning can focus all our attention on the
limitations and the negative until we fall into
the pit of doom and gloom.
It is very hard these days to know who to believe.
A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won first
prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair
by showing how conditioned we have
become to alarmists spreading fear
of everything in our environment
through junk science.
In his project he urged people to sign a
petition demanding strict control
or total elimination of the
chemical "Dihydrogen monoxide" because:
1. It can cause excessive sweating and
2. It is a major component in acid rain.
3. It can cause severe burns in its
4. Accidental inhalation can kill you.
5. It contributes to erosion.
6. It decreases the effectiveness
of automobile brakes.
7. It has been found in tumors of
terminal cancer patients.
He asked 50 people if they support a ban.
43 said yes.
Six were undecided.
How would you vote with these facts?
Only one knew that the chemical is ... water.
(Phil Proctor, "Planet Proctor,"
Funny Times, December 1997, p. 5.)
Reasoning can overwhelmed logic?
Sign a petition against water?
The facts were true?
The toy was the emotions and ignorance.
Faith without reasoning is as dangerous as zeal without wisdom.
We need to reason, but there is a
higher plane of spiritual life.
I love the story that Charles Haddon Spurgeon used.
He described that Reason carries much excess
luggage, and would dwarf growth.
Charles said faith must become stronger than reason.
Spurgeon used a story:
Faith and Reason were often fellow travelers.
Faith was a healthy man and he could walk
30 to 40 miles a day without any problem.
Reason was more child like and could only walk
3 or 4 miles.
The whole walk Reason complained and griped
One day Reason asked to walk with Faith.
Faith said, "Reason you cannot walk with me,
we have different purposes."
Reason persisted and the journey was begun.
As the journey progressed,
Reason could not keep up the pace that Faith set.
Faith quietly marched onward.
Reason discussed all the possibilities
and the potentials and lagged far behind.
The two neared a large river.
Reason says, "We can never ford this
Let us wait and build a bridge."
Faith waded into the river and sang a
song of praise,
as the river was no obstacles at all.