Human Reason and the Bible

I know a man who said when it comes to raising children, we need to put down the Bible and just … relate to them… I don’t know to what extent he means this, but he seems to be saying that I need to quit using the Bible in my instruction of my boys, and just spend Daddy time with them. What is most important is to affirm them where they are as children.

We hear this type of argument all the time in the public schools. Well meaning teachers and administrators will give the impression that to be good teachers, we need to spend time relating to the children on their level. We need to turn away from being authority figures. We need to just sit with them as if they were and are our friends, and let them learn at their own pace, etc.

The problem is: this goes against biblical wisdom which show us that human nature is in dire need of instruction. Children need instruction. It doesn’t matter if they are our own children or children in schools. They need instruction and need correction and rebuke, and more instruction, correction, and rebuke.

When people argue for the opposite, they do so based upon their own human reasoning.

This has always been the battle in the Christian faith. It started with Eve back in the garden. Using human reason, she came to the conclusion that eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was actually a good thing and would not bring about death as God said it would.

Human reason is so often the downfall of those in the church. It is dangerous and evil when it is not held in check by the word of God.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not arguing that we should not use our minds, and use reason. The Bible tells us, to love the LORD our God with all our hearth, soul, strength and mind.

But what I’m saying is that the only way we know our minds and human reason are on or off base is when we hold our conclusions and beliefs up to the light of Scripture.

Turning away from scripture is a very tempting thing to do because human reason is our way of exalting ourselves over and above the authority of Scripture. Human reason is our way of still trying to be in control of all things. This poor use of human reason is still an attempt at becoming like God.

Not only does human reason give rise to such poor advice, it also displays a real lack of trust in the word of God itself.

When we come to Scripture, the question simply put: is the word of God sufficient or non-sufficient? Can we trust it for what it says, or should we doubt it?

For many, even professing Christians who say they do trust the word of God, the reality is that they do not. They simply cannot let the word of God say what it says. If we are to be faithful to God’s word, then we need to part ways with those who will not look to God’s word. I know the man who told me to set aside the Bible thought he had good intentions and great advice. I disagree. Given that, I think it best that I part ways from him and his humanistic reasoning.