Belief Doesn’t Defy Logic: A Response To Pst. Otabil

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At the just ended Greater works conference, an annual conference of the ICGC, a Charismatic church in Ghana; one of the speakers–Matthew Ashimolowow  is reported to have called for a special offering for people to sow seeds of different amounts based on what they expect to experience in their life.

Millionaire status
$5,000.00
Seed of a thousand times more $1000.00
Seed of completion
$520
24hour miracle
$240
100% life improvement
$100
Seed of perfection
$70

*$1=Ghs4.3

This triggered an outcry on social media. The General overseer of ICGC, Pastor Mensah Otabil is reported to have responded in a sermon to his congregation saying:

Beliefs goes beyond logic. Logic will tell you what is probable or things being equal. Logic will tell you that if you have a thousand cedis in your account, then you can spend thousand cedis because that is logical. Beliefs will tell you that if you have five loafs of bread you don’t feed five people.

Concluding, he said “Belief defies logic; stretch your faith”

Now statements like this–“Beliefs defies logic”— gives Christianity and Christians a bad name. It suggests our faith is illogical and irrational. In the name of faith we are being told continuously to fossilise our minds. But as rational beings created in the image of a rationaI God; it will be irrational not to relate with this God in a rational manner. God makes sense and belief in him makes sense. God is a God of order and those who believe in him must do so in a manner consistent with how he has revealed himself in Scripture.

In this short article, I’ll attempt to give a reasoned response to Otabils defense of the infamous seed sowing at the just ended Greater works conference. Before I present my thoughts; let’s first define a few terms. Among many definitions, I will use what’s relevant to the discussion:

Belief: “conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence”

Logic: Logic is the science of deriving truth through the analysis of facts either directly (deductively) or indirectly (inductively).

From these definitions, I will argue  that Christian belief is logical. I will explain. You see, Christianity is not a collection of irrational thoughts stringed together for people to believe.  Christianity presents propositions rooted in historical evidence to be  examined so one can arrive at a logical conclusion of their veracity. We see this clearly evidenced in the opening words of Luke’s gospel.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught (Luke 1:1-4).

Luke’s words point us to the fact that Christian beliefs are coherent, logical and can be examined. Why did Luke write? so his recepient will come to a certainty–a conviction—of Christian beliefs. These beliefs are rooted in history and eye witness reports. They are not fables that can’t be examined. The apostle Peter tells us “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2Pet. 1:16ff).

The point is that, Christianity is not a blind leap into the abyss. It is faith based on historical evidence and in a God who is. Christian faith makes logical and rational sense. Paul consistently “reasoned from the Scriptures” (Acts 17:3). The problem with the so called special offering is that; they are not biblically consistent. It is a clear case of merchandising the gospel. Again, what’s the basis for the said categorisation? The only justification will be texts taken out of context to defend this lie. We see this clearly where Jesus’ multiplication of bread is cited in defence. Of course, Jesus is God and it is logical that God can work a miracle and multipy five loaves and two fishes to feed 5000.

Unfortunately it is such anti-logical approach to Christianity that makes people suspend their reasoning to believe in every nonsense shrouded in Christian jargon. And as I write this, many are defending this error, saying, “it is what you believe that works for you”. Well, Christian belief is not subjective belief for everyone to believe what they want to believe. Christian truth is rooted in biblical truth. There’s no biblical justification for the so called seed sowing that took place. It is false Christianity; a lie and fraud. A friend aptly describes the situation:

We are teaching people that they don’t have to follow the natural principles of work and earning. Even the Bible teaches that if you don’t work don’t eat. Paying $ 5000 to become a millionaire is called lottery, it has no place in Christianity — Kwesi Sena

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7 thoughts on “Belief Doesn’t Defy Logic: A Response To Pst. Otabil

  1. “Of course, Jesus is God and it is logical that God can work a miracle and multipy five loaves and two fishes to feed 5000.”

    This part did not come out clearly. It appears to communicate that the above miracle was possible because Jesus is God, therefore it is not possible for us men. Can you please clarify that?

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    • Dear Bismark, please do you know (or have you heard) of any single person on this earth (apart from Jesus Christ) who used 2 fishes and 5 loaves to feed 5000 people? If you are able to find a single person then it is possible “for us men” to do the same, but if no person has ever been able to do it then I reckon (and agree with the author) that “the above miracle was possible because Jesus is God.” Jesus Christ rightly said that “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) This statement should not be twisted to mean that all things are possible with men who believe in God. Let’s stay true to the words of Jesus Christ and everything about the above article will “come out clearly”. Thank you.

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  2. So we should examine the historical evidence before believing or we should believe knowing that it can be examined somehow? Quite honestly, the suggestion makes me feel believing is ridiculous.

    My faith is based on the conviction in my heart that Jesus is Lord and not at all premised on my sense of reason. Scriptural logic exists, yes, but it’s consistency is seen within itself and definitely NOT the way we understand logic from the classroom. That distinction is crucial. There is nothing logical about the Son of God coming to die for mankind, for example. Isn’t that the point of 1 Corinthians 1 and 2? On your argument of work, wasn’t it then illogical for the disciples to leave their work to follow the 30 year old man they hardly knew? I believe work is commanded by the Lord, by the way.

    Let’s be careful as believers how we make a mockery of ourselves in the eyes of the world because of our disagreements… Such things give reason to atheism and the like. Blessings!

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    • Michael thanks for your comment. You see, the Gospel content itself to be believed is historical. So when a preacher preaches “Jesus died and resurrected the third day for sinners”, that message is rooted in historical evidence. In that sense what we believe in is historical whether we examine the evidence before or after conversion. Others examined the evidence before coming to faith and others examined it after coming to Faith. Either way; the gospel is historical truth. Of course believing is a work of the Spirit of God. But this Belief is rooted in truth not myth. So believing is not ridiculous. God applies historical truth to our hearts and we come to Faith. The point is that the Christian faith is reasonable. It can be examined.

      Now, I doubt if the conviction in your heart that Jesus is Lord is not premised on your sense of reason. It is. That conviction to believe came through your mind. God didn’t work independent of your mind. When you heard the gospel, what it first did was convict you of your sins and then presented to you your need of a saviour. You were convicted first. You acknowledged you were a sinner and believed. All that was somewhat a process of examining the evidence.

      Finally, you don’t think we rather make a mockery of ourselves when we create an impression our faith is not “logical”. Logic in simple terms is a system of correcting thinking to arrive at the truth and I doubt if Christianity doesn’t involve correct thinking. There is a way of thinking that must be consistent with biblical truth. That’s logic.

      Grace to you.

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  3. Kwesi you have so much of wisdom the world gives – which is aquired via the five human senses but pray for the Spirit of revelation.

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