Saturday, July 28, 2012
Syllogisms and Sillyisms
Logic and reason. Plato and Aristotle. Men esteemed by many followers of Jesus. So esteemed that they give these pagan philosophers weight to interpret God's Holy Word. Are logic and reason the keys to God's Word and understanding?
We cannot abandon logic and reason, but it must be subject to scripture. Many believers have placed scripture in subjection to logic and reason. That is a horrifying error.
Logic 1o1, one can have a valid or invalid syllogism. The truth contained in a syllogism is not related to it's validity. In other words, you can have a valid argument that contains untruth. A syllogism that is valid does not assure us of truth. Here is the formula for a syllogism: IfP, then Q. If Q, then R. Therefore, if P, then R.
If it rains, we will not go on a picnic.
If we don't have a picnic, we will not need a basket for our picnic.
Therefore, if it rains, then we will not need our picnic basket.
Roman Catholic Church teaches truth.
The protestants are opposed to the Roman Catholic Church.
Therefore, Protestants taught lies.
That is the argument used by Sir Thomas More, while he was Lord Chancellor for King Henry VIII. It is not a valid argument. Do you see why?
There is a strong love among the Calvinists for pagan philosophy. It also exists in Roman Catholicism. You can hear it in their arguments when you listen closely. Both streams of thought, even though they differ theologically, rely heavily on pagan philosophers to get to where they want to go.
Here is an example of what I hear among Calvinists:
Jesus died only for the sheep.
If the sheep are all believers, the goats are all unbelievers.
Therefore, if Jesus only died for the sheep, the goats are undied for.
The doctrine of TULIP is heavily influenced by syllogisms which must ignore scripture. Nowhere does scripture teach that Jesus died ONLY for the sheep. The word "only" is out of place, it is not in scripture, and the sheep and goats image is only used in scripture by Jesus on judgment day. The whole argument is untrue because of four letters: only.
Read scripture carefully and let the Holy Spirit defend it and teach it. He will guide you into all truth, as He promised. Pagan philosophers can err; the Holy Spirit cannot.