Revelation and reason
The bible is God’s revelation of Himself and His ways, “Thy word is truth”. But God does not impose upon us an arbitrary code of conduct or a cast iron creed, he calls upon us to “reason together”, God, who gave us minds with which to serve him, presents to us truth in a form that reason can assimilate.
The gospel is divine logic; postulate God, and the conclusions of scripture become demonstrably valid. Unbelief is fallacy; faith is rationality. Reason applied to scripture produces doctrine, which is systemised bible truth. Sound doctrine states in concrete form the scattered affirmations of scripture, witnesses in express terms of “those things which are most surely believed among us”, and demonstrates the relevance if Christianity to life, “if ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them”. Peter exhorts believers to “be ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” He himself is an example of the method he recommends in that his first sermon abounds in sanctified logic. He reasons from fact, he reasons from scripture, he reasons from experience. His irresistible conclusions, plus Holy Ghost conviction, resulted in many conversions.
Scripture references: John 17:17, Isaiah 1:18, Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Timothy 1:13, Luke 1:1, John 13:17, Acts2:15, 16, 29, 41.
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