Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Laws of Logic and the Glory of God




Laws of Logic

1. Identity – Something is what it is.
2. Non-Contradiction – Something cannot be itself and not be itself at the same time, in the same way, and in the same sense.
3. Excluded Middle – A statement is either true or false.

Characteristics

1. Immaterial – You can’t go to the fridge and pull out a pound of logic.
a. God is spirit – “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).

2. Absolute – Not limited by restriction or conditions; independent; perfect in quality of nature; complete
a. God is perfect – “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4). And “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (2 Samuel 22:31).

3. Universal – Related to, extended to, or affecting everyone, everywhere.
a. God is omnipresent - Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:7-10).

4. Eternal – Being without beginning or end; existing outside of time.
a. God is eternal – “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15).

5. Unchanging – Remain the same; constant.
a. God is immutable – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).

6. Impartial – Unbiased or unprejudiced.
a. God is impartial – “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe” (Deuteronomy 10:17).

7. Transcendent – preeminent; surpassing in degree or excellence; supreme.
a. God is sovereign - I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:13-16).