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Spiritual Reasoning: Biblical or Blasphemous?

This post stems from a recent discussion on my Facebook Page. Someone asked me to direct them to a passage in the Bible that affirms “spiritual reasoning”.

My Response

Thanks for the discussion. Please elaborate on your point of view. Is it the phrase “spiritual reasoning” that you have issue with? Is it your belief that faith is built on emotions and nothing else? Do intellect and reason not have a place in matters of faith?

According to the Bible, God has many attributes. Some of which could be classified as intellectual: knowledge, wisdom, and veracity (truthfulness and faithfulness). You can’t be true and faithful to someone or something solely based on emotions. Hence, if an individual believes he/she is created in the image of God, engaging the mind in matters of faith shouldn’t be blasphemous.

In fact, being apprehensive of approaching faith with a rational mind (drawing conclusions based on one’s own quest for answers) is one of the reasons for rampant biblical ignorance in the Western Church. As I mentioned in another post, people engage their mind in all areas of their life except faith. Why is that?

It’s as if people just operate on an emotional high, which in my opinion is dangerous to one’s faith. It’s why many Christians can’t articulate what it means to be a follower of Jesus. They never thought about it nor about the historical background of the Christian faith. Many attend church services and conferences or watch Christian television networks where motivational speakers pump up their faith because they can’t do it themselves.

We have two hemispheres of our brain (left/right). One side for analytical thought and logic, another side for intuition and emotions. Certainly faith can employ a cross-section of both.

You may be confusing reason with rationalism. I am aware that rationalism is viewed as heresy in Orthodox Christian doctrine. There’s nothing blasphemous about spiritual reasoning.

“Reason is the basic human faculty of thinking, based on argument and evidence. It is theologically neutral and poses no threat to faith—unless it is regarded as the only source of knowledge about God. It then becomes rationalism, which is an exclusive reliance on human reason alone and a refusal to allow any weight to be given to divine revelation.”

Story, D. (1998). Christianity on the offense : Responding to the beliefs and assumptions of spiritual seekers (57). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

End of Response

Where do you stand on this issue?

August 21, 2010 Posted by | Christian Education, Spiritual Reasoning | , , , , , , | 2 Comments