Is it logical/illogical to believe/not believe in God?
The Bible itself, ladies and gentlemen, says that based on logic, reason and science, it is foolishness to believe in the cross of Christ. Is it logical to believe that one man dying on a Roman cross as thousands of others did can make a bit of difference what happens to me when I die 2,000+ years later? No. Do I believe it makes a difference? I’m betting my afterlife on it.
Paul’s letter we call I Corinthians says that the preaching of the cross is foolishness. That’s a little KJVish, but it still comes out “folly” in the ESV. It’s okay, it means foolish. It actually says in Chp 1 v. 18 “…folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” We know that it sounds a little foolish to believe in the power of the cross; it’s because God designed his plan of salvation that way. To “confound the wise of the world.” Verse 21 says “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” Saving knowledge of Christ requires a faith outside of reasoning and logic. If we could prove through geometric proofs and scientific findings that God is real, exists, created and maintains the universe, then anyone open to reason would have to believe it. Never gonna’ happen, folks. Because in God’s plan, he’s looking for the faithful; people faithful to Him no matter what, including when having faith doesn’t make sense. Verse 27: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” Christ’s death on the cross looks like defeat to the world; logic tells you that Christ’s work is done, his ministry cut short on Calvary. But in Christ’s weakness, the plan of God for salvation was carried out. If Jesus had appeared to Pilate with a fanfare of trumpets and flashes of lightning and said to his face “I told you so,” he would have had no choice but to believe. God never leaves us with no choice. He will save those of faith, and the unfaithful who rely on their own understanding will perish.
I think it’s reasonable to believe that God might exist, and based on my own research and experience, I believe the Christian God of the Bible is the right one (thanks internet monk). It is illogical to say that no god could possibly exist. But at some point the debate over reason and logic no longer applies, as the God of the universe exists beyond our ability to reason or even imagine.