Thursday, April 7, 2011

Let's think about thinking

Let’s talk about logical decision making.  Our decisions are based on other information like past events or already held beliefs or assumptions.  If I think that 2 + 2 = 4 and 4 + 4 = 8, then I will be able to conclude that 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8.  If you think 2 + 2 = 5, then we will not come to the same conclusion.  It won’t matter how much I hop up and down regarding my answer and it won’t matter how much you hop and down on your answer, we are unlikely to agree on the final answer without first addressing the earlier step in our process.

My Facebook has been in a flurry lately with several posts regarding certain beliefs.  These arguments can get quite emotional with people thinking all sorts of horrible things about the other side.  Rarely does either side fully understand the first steps in the decision process of the other group.

If we look at the pro-life movement, we can hopefully see this more clearly.  If one believes there is a God and believes that He is responsible for all life, that He gives someone their soul upon conception, and that He has known about them and cared about them for all eternity before they were born, then the natural outcome of these beliefs is that God would not approve of abortion.  God’s gift is not to be taken away by us as we have no authority in comparison (authority is assumed if one believes God created everything).

There are of course other arguments regarding abortion that do not require a belief in God to work, such as not knowing when life begins exactly.  And certainly all parties can discuss these types of arguments and understand them and perhaps even make headway in compromise.  But without addressing the first issue, there is no solution.  People who believe this because they believe in God will not (and should not) be swayed by any argument not founded on God.  Someone in favor of a woman’s right to choose abortion can hop up and down all they want and throw out every argument and even get angry and insult the pro life person, but it doesn’t change their primary set of beliefs and is therefore a waste of time.

On the other hand, people who don’t believe in God will never accept a God based argument as a valid reason to do or not do something.  A Christian can hop up and down all they want and throw out every argument and even get angry and insult the other person, but that does not change their primary set of beliefs and is therefore a waste of time.

One of these groups will rely on the logic of the world while the other relies on the wisdom of God.  The wisdom of God goes so far as to say the logic of the world is just flat out wrong and will lead us astray, so it is no wonder Christians do not trust this “logic.”  The worldview should be entirely different.  The basis for all beliefs, arguments, and behaviors should be different.  We should not expect to see the same answer regarding questions such as abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc from a Christian and a non Christian.  We should not be surprised when this happens or wonder why. 

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

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