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Is Christianity Logical? (Y1.T2.D18)


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When I first moved to Baltimore, a new colleague was a man from a Sikh family. At first we pleasantly enjoyed intellectual conversations on current issues and logical reasoning. Everything was fine until I mentioned, "Logic is what led me to religion."


"Really?" he replied with anticipation. "If you don't mind me asking, what religion did you find to be the most logical?"


"Christianity."


His shock wasn't masked.


I went on to explain. "When I surveyed all the religions in the world, I realized they taught people to strive for goodness."


"That sounds logical to me."


"It did until I considered the true state of humanity. Everyone I knew—regardless of their age or temperament—had lied, cheated, and stolen, but they also longed for love. When I learned Jesus taught that no one is good but God (Mark 10:18), logical reasoning lead me to accept that a sin-filled world needed a Savior to bridge the gap through love."


I'd like to say he understood, but he didn't, and that's okay. My beliefs weren't forced on me and I refuse to force mine on others. I'm blessed to have intellectually chosen Christianity because of its logic. And I recommend it because of the undeniable focus on love.


“Come now, and let’s reason together,” says Yahweh:

“Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.

Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)


As a Christian, it's not uncommon to have our intelligence bashed by popular opinion. Last trimester I explained how atheists aren't smarter than Christians. And today I hope you see that Christianity is logical.


Think About It


1 Now there were some present at the same time who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way. 4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.”


6 He spoke this parable. “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. 7 He said to the vine dresser, ‘Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?’ 8 He answered, ‘Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.’”


10 He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. 11 Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years. She was bent over, and could in no way straighten herself up. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her, and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” 13 He laid his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight and glorified God.


14 The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, “There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!”


15 Therefore the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each one of you free his ox or his donkey from the stall on the Sabbath, and lead him away to water? 16 Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from this bondage on the Sabbath day?”


17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were disappointed and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. (Luke 13:1–17)


22 He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem. 23 One said to him, “Lord, are they few who are saved?”


He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ then he will answer and tell you, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 He will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s Kingdom, and yourselves being thrown outside. 29 They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in God’s Kingdom. 30 Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last.”


31 On that same day, some Pharisees came, saying to him, “Get out of here, and go away, for Herod wants to kill you.”


32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I complete my mission. 33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, for it can’t be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem.’ (Luke 13:22–33)

Matthew 23:37–39a, Luke 13:34–35a

24 This is the day that Yahweh has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it!

25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh!

Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now. (Psalm 118:24–25)

Psalm 118:26a, Matthew 23:39b , Luke 13:35b

26b We have blessed you out of Yahweh’s house.

27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.

Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.

You are my God, I will exalt you.

29 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,

for his loving kindness endures forever (Psalm 118:26b–29)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


I want to have You in my heart, so I can always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks me for a reason concerning the hope in me (1 Peter 3:15). Thank You that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). I accept You appointed a day in which You will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom You have ordained and given assurance to all men, in that You have raised him from the dead (Acts 17:31). That man is Jesus, and he's my Savior.


Amen.


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