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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Reason, Logic, Truth, Hope, Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." All who live, have a reference by which they guide their conduct through life's journey.

There are those who can only understand or accept what is visible or what can be rationally perceived as plausible. Fanciful and imaginative ideas are mute in influencing their decisions and conduct. They live life with what can be furnished by labour and effort, concerned only with life's realities of health, wealth, recreation and comfort.
There are those who life is lived with a greater desire for insight into the intricacies of man's existence and purpose, but are only willing to accept that which satisfies, or perhaps better stated, that which does not disturb, upset or unbalance life with any troublesome demands. The search for the most favourable and agreeable path is one designed with minimal exertion towards such concepts as absolute truth, faith, salvation, holiness etc.. After all these things are irrelevant, burdensome and complicated. Reason teaches that these elements of life are not logical, they are the stuff of religious fanatics, monks and recluses. The facts are that God cannot be proven to exist.

Reason is a mental faculty or ability that is able to generate conclusions from assumptions or premises. It is among other things the means by which rational beings propose specific reasons, or explanations of cause and effect. Reason is a consideration which explains or justifies. Reason as a way of coming to conclusions, is often contrasted with decisions based upon authority, intuition, emotion, mysticism, superstition, and faith. Reason is thought by rationalists to be more reliable in discovering what is true. The precise way in which reason differs from emotion, faith, and tradition is controversial, because all three are considered to be both potentially rational, and potentially in conflict with reason.

Reasoning as a process takes proposed explanations for considering, contrasting, or fitting them together in order to determine which beliefs, actions or attitudes are the best. Theoretical reasoning considers theoretical explanations in order to determine what to believe or accept as true. Practical reasoning considers what attitudes to have when taking actions. Reason is about considerations and determinations allowing an individual to make decisions which have a rational assumption of meeting certain or predetermined expectations. There is a relationship between a desired cause-and-effect which is predominately experiential in nature and a logic which is sensory in nature providing a basis for the comparative evaluation of plausible decisions.

Reason and logic can be thought of as distinct, although logic is one important aspect of reason. Reason is a type of thought The word "logic" involves the attempt to describe rules by which reason operates. Logic is done inside a system while reason is done outside the system by such methods as skipping steps, working backward, drawing diagrams, looking at examples, or seeing what happens if you change the rules of the system.

Reason and rationalizations are often seen merely as the innate coping mechanisms by which people learn to make sense of an otherwise haphazard world, how people maintain hope in the face of difficult situations. This is in essence faith in action, determining cause-and-effect relationships in order to justify or assuage personal feelings and doubts about existence, reward and punishment.

Reason seeks to provide confidence, security, to prop up hope in whatever assumption serves the personal interests of an individual. This is an extreme example of reason's use, however, it serves to point out the significance of the mantra 'of every man doing what is right in his own eyes.'

Reason develops from evidence and conjecture, premises for understanding and knowledge, which are deficient in explaining life. Reason cannot answer the questions of existence, love, truth and faith. Reason is limited in ability to defining the tangible and causal interactions of this world. In this aspect reason has a restricted capacity and perhaps a falsely applied duty to explain away the existence of God.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The evidence spoken of is not tangible, it cannot be reasoned, it is not empirical, yet its presence and existence declares its viability and reality. This is faith, it believes where no reason or argument provides support. In a paradox faith affirms its own truth because of belief. This is the divine revelation, the most solid possible conviction, a God-given present assurance of a future reality.

Faith transcends reason.

Romans 8:24,25,  "For we (are) saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."

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