Faith is illogical
Logic is kind of reasoning influenced by a tangible evidence and which passed strict validation. Faith is believing in what you don’t see even without proof nor tangible evidence, and it is based on spiritual conviction.
Clearly faith is illogical, at least according to man’s understanding and mental capacity, and logic does not apply to faith almost always. So there is a conflict between our logical reasoning and our faith-based reasoning. Logical reasoning uses the mind and faith uses the heart. So, what do you do when your logic and your faith are at odds?
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 1:18
Can you imagine your fiancé coming to you and telling you she is pregnant and you know very well that you have never been with her? Our logic dictates that there has got to be a coming together of a man and a woman for a pregnancy to happen. However, Mary’s pregnancy was different; unorthodox and the first of its kind.
If I were Joseph, I would have probably been hurt so much that I would not want to see Mary again! But he was a man of faith and this happened;
But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 1:20
Now Joseph is caught between logic and faith, and he has to choose one! His faith is telling him he should believe Mary was not impregnated by a man and that this is the first pregnancy of its kind, or believe the logic that says that Mary actually cheated on him with another man.
And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. -Matthew 14:29.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. -Matthew 14:30
Peter had enough faith to walk on top of stormy waters, but soon enough his logic took over, faith weakened and considered that he could drown in the sea. His faith made him to walk on water but his logic made him to start sinking. He chose logic over faith when ‘he saw the wind’!
Most of us found ourselves in situations where we have to either choose faith or logic. What is stronger between the level of our faith and the power of our reasoning is the one we would use, that would determine whether we chose faith or logic.
When doctors report says you are sick and carry a deadly disease but the word of God say you are and were healed by His stripes, which one do you chose?
My mentor used to say that logic is like ground floor, faith is like top floor, doubt is the rest of the floors, if any. You tend to see further and wider on the top floor than you would on the ground floor. So, for a clearer and more accurate vision/sight choose to be on top floor. Besides, snakes are afraid of heights! Wow, what an insight!
If Joseph can do it, so can all of us, in Jesus’ name. May God grant us the strength to choose faith over logic no matter what, even whenever our logic and our faith are in conflict, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.