Jump off a building and see that gravity is truth..
Use logic and science to diagnose disease..
And then see someone cured of cancer for no logical reason..
Martin Luther says, “Reason is the enemy of faith.”
Nicola Abbagnano replies, “Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic.”
How do we reconcile faith and logic?
The definition of faith is:: belief that is not based on proof.
The definition of logic is:: inexorable (unwavering/unalterable) truth.
It gets hairy.
I can have faith that a chair will hold me up..but until I sit in it..my faith means nothing. I believe that is at the core of what James was saying when he wrote, “faith without action is dead” (James 2:17).
By using logic one can determine that a four-legged structure with a flat surface made of a strong material such as wood or metal SHOULD hold my body weight if I sit on it.
Both faith and logic are needed.
But there are times when faith trumps logic.
These instances are what bog me down.
My faith does not weaken..because I do truly believe that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
But there is a tension..
Having faith is believing that my Father, the Creator of the universe, is certainly capable of defying logic..
But did logic lead me to that belief?
Is there a balance..aren’t both essential..how do they live together in my brain?