Two weeks ago, I was playing a board game called Resistance with a couple of friends. In brief, this game consist of 2 spies in a team of 5 whose objective is to jeopardize a space mission, but the good guys (the Resistance) do not know who the spies are and need to figure that out fast. Which ever side wins 3 missions, wins the game.
Two lessons I learnt from this Game of Resistance
- Man’s Logic is Fallible
- Man’s Logic is an obstacle to Faith
Man’s Logic is Fallible
We live in a scientific era known as the “Age of Enlightenment” where science and human reasoning are regarded as the primary source of authority. For many years, researchers have been debating and changing their findings about egg and coffee (and many other things), whether are they good or bad for health, we accept their opinion as authoritative without question. This is a funny (yet true) video of how much faith we have in science: Time Travel Dietician
In one of the game where I was a Resistance, I summoned all my analytical, deductive, and logic/reasoning skills to figure who the 2 spies are. Running through all the possible permutations, studying the history of the passed and failed missions, the probability, and listening very carefully to everyone’s words and body language, I couldn’t figure out who the 2 spies are. There is a lack of information, I cannot confidently draw out who are the spies and who are the Resistance.
These are some of the common methods we use and rely on our logic in many areas of life, including moral and spiritual issues. We use our intelligence to explain everything, and we live our lives as though human reasoning has the ultimate source of authority. Figures and statistics can inform us how widespread an issue is and its trend over time, but it is a poor guide to teach us right from wrong. Science can teach us something about the observable world, but it cannot teach us about the realities of heaven and hell. Same goes for history, we can benefit by learning from the past, but history is unable to tell us how the world came into existence from nothing.
Who defines what’s right and wrong? Can statistics fulfill this responsibility? What do we base on when deciding if it is right or wrong to murder an unborn child? To intentionally end one’s life with euthanasia? To slavery? To every form of sexual immorality (child sex, rape, homosexual, paedophilia, bestiality, incest, adultery, premarital sex, polygamy, pornography, masturbation, etc)? Does it mean that if it becomes a societal norm then it is right to practice such things?
Science teaches us the physiology and mechanics of childbirth and how the DNA from the gametes weaved into a zygote, but do we really know why we are here? Can science explain the meaning of life or our purpose in this world? Can science tell us where we are going after death? Or teach us anything about our souls?
Man’s logic is unable to live up to the expectation we demand from it or to answer all of life’s difficult questions. We need help to make sense of the world we live in. We need help to understand how we are designed to live. We need revelation. In fact, God has revealed the truths we need to know about the world, about ourselves, and most importantly about God Himself in the Bible.
Man’s Logic is an obstacle to Faith
Humanity has made great advancement in technology and science, and this clearly indicates how intelligent God created man to be. Yet our pride in our own intelligence has blinded us from seeing God and we have failed to acknowledge Him or give thanks to Him.
If we try to push science or statistics beyond what they are capable of, we will end up with a faulty worldview (the understanding of the world, of ourselves, and of God). The Bible is clear that everyone knows that there is a God, it is “plain to them” and “have been clearly perceived” (Romans 1:19-21). The irony is that we pride ourselves in our intelligence that was given to us by God but we used it to deny Him. Our faith in our own wisdom has made us foolish (Romans 1:21-22).
We trust in our senses so much that it becomes an obstacle for faith to exist or grow. Thomas, one of Jesus’s disciple, doubted that Jesus has indeed resurrected. He trusted his senses more than God’s Word that he boldly said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25). But God was gracious to Thomas and came to him 8 days later to allow him to do exactly what he asked for. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27).
It was not only Thomas who was having difficulties believing, but in fact, the Bible says the same about the people as well. Their own wisdom has become an obstacle for them to have faith. “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom” (1 Cor 1:22). But the thing is, God’s logic is very different from man. Instead of finding a team of highly intelligent people to His kingdom (which is what we will do), God chose the “foolish in the world”, the “weak”, and the “low and despised” to enter His kingdom (1 Cor 1:26-29).
In the Bible, God revealed to us that all humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), that is why all forms a killing is a sin against God, including the killing of unborn child. The Bible has the authority of God to define for us right and wrong. There are many areas of our own logic are flawed and even sinful. To know how to live our live now, we need to rely on God’s Word and constantly renew our mind with God’s logic (Ephesians 4:23).
- Submit yourselves to God (James 4:7). In areas where your logic does not aligns with Scripture, humbly and diligently study the Scriptures to understand what God says about the topic and set your heart to obey them. There are many issues that are different from how the culture set the standard. Our standard should be defined by God’s Word and not by the culture.
- Learn humility. Your logic/wisdom is not infallible. You will make mistakes, you will sin against others, and others will sin against you. Be ready to admit, confess, and repent from your sins and turn away from it. And also forgive others when you are being sinned against.