“”Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD” (from Isaiah 1:18)
I find it very interesting that one of the most prolific criticisms of Christianity is that it is not rational. That it is all fables and fairy tales about an imaginary friend. That it offers nothing of rational substance to anyone but the simple-minded. That reason and faith are anything but compatible.
But the truth is: Christianity is very rational.
There are plenty of logical Christians who have found that reason and faith are not only compatible partners – they are indispensable to their lives. Authors such as Timothy Keller, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, and C. S. Lewis (just to name a few of my favorites) look at the tough questions and bring solid, rational answers to those who are willing to hear them.
God is a thinking God. Scripture reminds us that God’s thoughts are “not like our thoughts… as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts higher than ours.” (Isaiah 55:8) And we are advised of “the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33) His thoughts are infinite in wisdom and understanding and truth.
Yet, here is the fascinating thing… In spite of His lofty status, He invites people to come to Him, to converse with Him, “and reason together.”
If we were, indeed, created by a God of infinite Mind, we should not be surprised to discover that He desires to share His thoughts with us – and He actually desires for us to share our thoughts with Him. For this to happen, He endowed human beings with minds that were capable of thinking, and processing, and learning, and understanding not only their Creator – but also life and living. God wanted us to know Him, and communicate with Him – and He endowed us with minds that were able to do just that.
Charles Darwin popularized the belief that human minds are similar to the animals, and merely incrementally more intelligent, as a result of our higher evolution. But new research is proving something else entirely. According to Marc Hauser, director of the cognitive evolution lab at Harvard University, “mounting evidence indicates that, in contrast to Darwin’s theory of a continuity of mind between humans and other species, a profound gap separates our intellect from the animal kind.”
We are not just “higher thinking” animals. We were imbued with mental abilities that separate us from all other creatures on earth. This is another important clue. We are the product of special design, by a special Designer, for a special purpose. We were created with abilities that allow us to comprehend, and reflect, the Mind of our Designer.
Think about all the amazing inventions and technical advancements that we utilize every day. All of these “creations” began with a thought in the mind of a single human being. That thought was given more thought, became a design, and eventually… became the physical incarnation of that thought.
God has given human beings the capacity to think, imagine, and create (just like He does) – to remind us that we are, in fact, made in His image – as a physical reflection of His Own abilities and character.
God is rational. Faith in Him is not wishful thinking or make-believe. It is also rational. In His thoughtfulness, He designed it to be just that way.