Wednesday, August 24, 2005

God's Logic

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord." -- Isaiah 55:8

Man's logic is a logic of equality and equivalence. It is a logic that measures things by reason and prudence. It is a logic that gives us rules to live by -- an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

God's logic is neither reasonable nor prudent. His logic is one of generosity and superabundance. His reasoning transcends rules and regulations. Instead, he gives us patterns of response -- turn the other cheek, walk a second mile. The Christian pattern of life is one that responds to others by giving more than can be asked by ordinary judiciousness.

The pattern of response that Jesus asks of us is the same pattern we find in God's response to us. That is what prompted Paul to say, "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." -- Romans 5:20

Note: This blog is a synopsis of an essay on the "Logic of Jesus, the Logic of God" by Paul Ricoeur published in Christianity and Crisis sometime in the late 1970's.

1 comment:

Howie Luvzus said...

Hope your enjoying your trip! Looks like a lot of fun.

I find it amazing when Christians find themselves going along with popular opinion and certain political ideologies (left and right) and see no problem with it. The Sermon on the Mount is so counter-cultural that one of my students who read it for the first time announced in class that, "This sh*t may have worked 2000 years ago, but it won't work now!"

I explained that it didn't work well then either since the one who lived it ended up on a cross!