This past Saturday morning at Men’s Bible Study (7 AM – all men invited), Karl Darley brought in a book that was on the subject of the “last things.” Perhaps he will chime in on it’s title and author. The book rattles on for hundreds of pages where the author quotes scriptures and fits them into his beliefs regarding the Rapture of the Church, the Great Tribulation, the Return of Christ, and ultimately the New World. It was very logically constructed. I’m confident that tens of thousands, if not millions, of books like it have been penned and sell as Karl’s can attest.
The problem that I have with books like these is their strict adherence to the Greek ideal of logic to justify itself. Nowhere does the Bible claim to be completely logical. It is profound arrogance for any person to suggest that they have a complete understanding of God on any subject, much less on how how and when our world will be transformed. Broadly speaking (95% is my guess), Christianity and our Bible is logical. However, there are sections of it that are not.
Recall, critic’s during The Enlightenment used the logic of Euclidian Geometry (assume perfectly parallel lines exist, etc.) proofs to analyze the Bible. Their mission was to find and innumerate all the inconsistencies or anything that could not be explained within the pages of the Bible to discredit it. Many exist. How can something be trusted that defies the laws of logic? This line of thinking threw the Bible believing church for a loop. How can we define ourselves according to a book that logically does not entirely add up?
Around 200 years passed and some German and Russian mathematicians discover and developnon-Euclidian Geometry (perfectly parallel lines really don’t exist – no matter how perfect we try to make them they will intersect somewhere in outer space, etc.). From this, it occurred to proponents of the Bible that there exist truths that are beyond logical. The Bible itself makes this clear – see Job 26, Isaiah 55:8-11, Romans 11:33-36.
What the Bible gives us is an overall impression regarding God not a precise photograph. There are two reasons for this. The first is that we are incapable of grasping complete understanding of our being (Psalm 139:1-6). The second naturally follows, if we were capable of complete understanding we would have no need of God or faith in Him (Hebrews 11:5-6). By our faith, we allow God to be God.