Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

the role of human logic in divine revelation

12/20/13

 

 

Undoubtedly, those who are familiar with how the Bible is used by the church will note the application of human logic to its interpretation. The verses referenced by the church to support the various tenets of Orthodox  Christian theology are widely scattered throughout the Bible. Partially defined concepts in one passage must be linked by similar terms to other passages, in order to formulate a complete basis of understanding. When different Bible passages seem to say contradictory things, then those apparent discrepancies must be evaluated and explained, usually by deciding which passage is axiomatic and then applying an appropriate interpretative method to the remaining passage, so as to eliminate the problem.

 

In each of these examples and many others, human reasoning is essential to gaining the church's understanding of the divine revelation. None of this necessary use of human logic supports the contention that the Bible is irrefutably clear in its message. In fact, the standard role and practice of the institutional church in interpreting the Bible loudly insists that mankind is bound to the church and its instruction if it is ever to rightly understand what God has supposedly revealed. There may be a divine revelation but it is certainly not the Bible alone, if in addition to the written words we need holy men and further divine intervention before we can know what the words actually mean. In fact, the matter of proper interpretation, which the church freely admits, really means that divine revelation exists only in the mind of God. They can insist all they want on absolute truth but not that human beings can know and understand it the same.