Faith vs. Logic

“When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power”               (1 Cor. 2: 1-5).

The seventh chapter of John’s gospel presents an opportunity to contrast the lifestyle between the faithful and the self-dependent. Living faithfully requires a resolute trust in the Word of God. Having believed upon salvation in Jesus’ name, we now have the indwelling Holy Spirit who leads us in truth at all times. We walk by faith. To live unattached to Jesus, the True Vine, one must rely on his own understanding. Logic and learning of the world’s systems are the basis for all attitudes and actions of many.

The following are seven contrasting points from John 7:

PERSONAL IDENTITY

LOGIC says Jesus should go to Jerusalem and make Himself known through some miracles (see v. 3).

FAITH enabled Jesus to go to Jerusalem in secret (see v. 10).

TAKING ACTION

LOGIC says any time is right (see v. 6).

FAITH waits for the kairos time- the God-appointed time (see v. 6).

EDUCATION

LOGIC says learning only comes through the educational system (see v. 15).

FAITH recognizes that teaching comes from God (see v. 16).

DECISION-MAKING

LOGIC judges by appearances (see v. 24).

FAITH is foundational for right judgment (see v. 24).

SPIRITUALITY

LOGIC refuses to see miracles and believe (see v. 41).

FAITH believes in Jesus and enables one to come to Him, thereby becoming a recipient of the Living Water- life in the Spirit of Christ that satisfies all thirst in life (see vv. 37-38).

SECURITY

LOGIC seeks to defend oneself when threatened. In this case, the Pharisees sent guards to arrest Jesus (see vv. 30, 44-45).

FAITH confidently carries us forward in the Father’s divine protection.”… No one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come” (see v. 30).

PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM

LOGIC finds comfort in an elitist status and popularity. “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in Him? No!” (see vv. 48-49).

FAITH embraces simple trust of a child (see v. 49).

But small is the gate and narrrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14).

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