Logic, is it necessary?
By Shawn Cahill
Often in our culture we do things and use certain words because that's what everybody else does. For us saints it's always good to see what scripture has to say about such things.
Case in point is with the word logic, which before proceeding further allow me to define:
Logic = "the systematic study of valid rules of inference".
I have heard the saints appealing to logic, saying things like "that's logical", "God is logical", while appealing to the Greek word logos in order to ground logic into the Lord himself.
According to Online Etymology Dictionary the word logic is said to come from the Greek words logikḗ, logikos, and logos. The three words are defined as such:
Logikḗ = the reasoning art.
Logikos = pertaining to speaking or reasoning.
Logos = reason, idea, or word.
Only logikos (#3050) and logos (#3506) appear in scripture, and notice that the above definitions are different than the one for logic. Hence we must not read the definition of "logic" into the Greek words that appear in scripture.
So "logic" as defined above is not something that originated with God, but rather with man. This is why others have said "there is no universal agreement as to the exact definition and boundaries of logic".
Two other interesting quotes are:
1) "In the Western World, logic was first developed by Aristotle, who called the subject 'analytics'."
2) "In Europe during the later medieval period, major efforts were made to show that Aristotle's ideas were compatible with Christian faith."
The ability to perform logic is rooted in the fact that God created people with "understanding" which is defined as "the power of comprehending".
Logic is based on propositions that can be correct, or incorrect, and for the saints the basis of truth is God, and his word.
In Job 38:36 God told Job "Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind?".
In John 17:17 Jesus said to the Father "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."
One can use logic, but it is hardly necessary to arrive at truth, or convince others.
So rather than appealing to logic, cut out the middle man and go straight to the word of God, while relying on him for wisdom and understanding.