This is a question many haven’t considered, but one that everyone, consciously or unconsciously, has answered. What takes precedence – what rules supreme: man’s reason or God’s revelation? Or to put it another way, what is the ultimate test for truth? That something agrees with man’s reason (this is logical, this makes sense to me) or that is has been revealed by God (the Bible says)?
Underlying this question is the presupposition that God’s revelation far surpasses man’s reason and his ability to understand it. That is a presupposition that the Bible itself makes. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” (Romans 11:33)
Therefore we should expect to encounter things – many things – in God’s revelation that boggle our minds. Things that are far beyond us. Things that we can’t understand. Things that we can’t reconcile logically.
This is where the above question comes in. When we encounter such things are we going to trust God’s revelation over against our reason or are we going to trust on our reason instead of God’s revelation? This comes into play when witnessing to Mormons because most Mormons’ default position is trusting in their reason above God’s revelation. All you have to do is look at some of the comments left on the previous few posts to see ample examples of that.
No, it’s not logical that God gives eternal life freely and fully to dead and stinking sinners but that is what he has revealed. Therefore I believe it. No, it’s not logical that Jesus is both true man and true God in one person, but that is what God has revealed. Therefore I believe it. No, it’s not logical that there is one God comprised of three distinct persons, but that is what God has revealed. Therefore I believe it. God’s revelation trumps my reason every time.
But not only do I believe this, I rejoice in this. Because this shows me how majestic and great my God is. I personally don’t want a God that I can understand. No, I want somebody who is so far above me – that is so vastly different from me – that all I can do is stand in awe. That’s the God of the Bible. To him be all praise!