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The ultimate purpose of reason is to bring us to the place where we can see that there is a limit to reason.

The ultimate purpose of reason is to bring us to the place where we can see that there is a limit to reason.


Author: Blaise Pascal
Topics: Reason
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Our reason, enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, stands in the way of sin gaining mastery over us through our desires.

Our reason, enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, stands in the way of sin gaining mastery over us through our desires.

Reference:  Copied from The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, © 1996, p. 64. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. Get this book!


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The illuminist seeks guidance from God by getting a series of impressions, which he believes come as God directly impacts his spirit. The illuminist is often wary of the mind and using his or her reason. Certainly we need to be cautious lest we fall into the error of blindly trusting bare unaided reason. The illuminist, though, often goes so far as to reject any hope that reason can be useful. “This doesn’t come from me,” he will say, “it comes from God.”

The illuminist seeks guidance from God by getting a series of impressions, which he believes come as God directly impacts his spirit. The illuminist is often wary of the mind and using his or her reason. Certainly we need to be cautious lest we fall into the error of blindly trusting bare unaided reason. The illuminist, though, often goes so far as to reject any hope that reason can be useful. “This doesn’t come from me,” he will say, “it comes from God.”

Reference:  Led by the Spirit, Joshua Press, 1999, p. 22, http://www.solascriptura.ca/shop/store.php?crn=215.


Author: Jim Elliff
Topics: Illuminism
Reason
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Reason and Scripture are systemic and essential to sound decision-making… We are to actually think through the given situation, wrestle with the options, weigh them, sift them, ponder the implications and consequences, and we are to do all of this in the light of truth as we find it in the Scriptures interpreted in context. And we presume, underneath all of this, God is working.

Reason and Scripture are systemic and essential to sound decision-making… We are to actually think through the given situation, wrestle with the options, weigh them, sift them, ponder the implications and consequences, and we are to do all of this in the light of truth as we find it in the Scriptures interpreted in context. And we presume, underneath all of this, God is working.

Reference:  Led by the Spirit, Joshua Press, 1999, p. 39, http://www.solascriptura.ca/shop/store.php?crn=215.


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We are to be biblically rational, though not rationalists. This is not a subtle raising of reason above God. Rather, it is a recognition that normally God works through reason.

We are to be biblically rational, though not rationalists. This is not a subtle raising of reason above God. Rather, it is a recognition that normally God works through reason.

Reference:  Led by the Spirit, Joshua Press, 1999, p. 37, http://www.solascriptura.ca/shop/store.php?crn=215.


Author: Jim Elliff
Topics: Reason
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If reason is unaided (by the Word of God), if it is mere reason by itself, it will do little good. Reason standing alone might lead us to some sort of workable resolution, but it carries the liability of doing so without pleasing God. That circumstance is as unsatisfying to us as it is unsatisfactory to God.

If reason is unaided (by the Word of God), if it is mere reason by itself, it will do little good. Reason standing alone might lead us to some sort of workable resolution, but it carries the liability of doing so without pleasing God. That circumstance is as unsatisfying to us as it is unsatisfactory to God.

Reference:  Led by the Spirit, Joshua Press, 1999, p. 39, http://www.solascriptura.ca/shop/store.php?crn=215.


Author: Jim Elliff
Topics: Reason
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Wisdom is a process of cognition, not a bombshell out of the sky. In our non-thinking day it is quite popular to short-cut the painful process of reasoning for a blank waiting on some inner voice. It seems highly spiritual to do so and carries with it a magical authority. (“I got this from God at four o’clock in the morning!”) In this way the most spiritually unkempt believer or the novice has equal voice with the wisest Christian veteran.

Wisdom is a process of cognition, not a bombshell out of the sky. In our non-thinking day it is quite popular to short-cut the painful process of reasoning for a blank waiting on some inner voice. It seems highly spiritual to do so and carries with it a magical authority. (“I got this from God at four o’clock in the morning!”) In this way the most spiritually unkempt believer or the novice has equal voice with the wisest Christian veteran.

Reference:  Led by the Spirit, Joshua Press, 1999, p. 34, http://www.solascriptura.ca/shop/store.php?crn=215.


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The light of human reason differs little from darkness.

The light of human reason differs little from darkness.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Reason
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Without the capacity of rational argument, all our proof of God ceases.

Without the capacity of rational argument, all our proof of God ceases.


Topics: Reason
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We are free to use our reasoning abilities to draw deductions from any passage of Scripture so long as these deductions do not contradict the clear teaching of some other passage of Scripture.

We are free to use our reasoning abilities to draw deductions from any passage of Scripture so long as these deductions do not contradict the clear teaching of some other passage of Scripture.  

Reference:  Systematic Theology, Zondervan, 1994, p. 34. Used by Permission. Get this book!


Author: Wayne Grudem
Topics: Reason
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He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave.

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave.


Topics: Reason