Logical Christmas

A Logical Christmas Message

By Tim Stratton

John 1:1-14 states “In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Logical Christmas

This is the message of Christmas! The Bible refers to Jesus as “The Logos” and implies that not only is Jesus God, but also gives us some insight into the Trinity. From a theological perspective, this passage of scripture carries much weight! Moreover, from a philosophical and logical perspective this passage not only makes sense, but we even have scientific data supporting this scripture.

All of the scientific data supports the theory that all nature had an absolute beginning (big bang cosmology, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, and the Borde, Guth, Vilenkin Theorem of 2003). Everything that begins to exist has a cause, and the evidence demonstrates that the universe (all nature) began to exist. Therefore, since nature began to exist, nature cannot be the cause of nature. Therefore, the cause of nature must be something other than nature (supernatural). This is exactly what the first chapter of John is stating about Jesus – he is the supernatural cause of the natural universe, and he entered into his creation so that we could know him.

That is to say, the Creator of the universe entered into the universe to save the people within the universe. This is what Christmas is all about. This is why we have good reason to celebrate Christmas!

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Greek word “Logos” is used synonymously with Jesus in the text. It is interesting to note that logos, in Greek, means, “the principle of reason.” This is where we get the term “logic.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is God and seems to suggest that he is the grounding of logic and reason. This would make perfect sense of why the immaterial laws of logic impose themselves on the material world — or any possible world. God created the material world according to the logical laws he had in mind or that are grounded in his essence. This is the best explanation of why logic imposes itself on the material world. Just as God is necessary in all possible worlds, so are the laws of logic which are essential to God’s very nature.

Logic is grounded in the essence of the immaterial God. Therefore, when we choose to think and behave logically, we are godly (approximating to or being like God).

With that in mind, we at FreeThinking Ministries and CrossExamined.org wish you a very Merry (and logical) Christmas!

 


 

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  1. Ed Vaessen says:

    “Everything that begins to exist has a cause, and the evidence demonstrates that the universe (all nature) began to exist.”

    Does a car begin to exist? Not really. It is only a rearrangement of already existing matter by already existing forces. There is no reason to assume this applies to the beginning of the existence of the universe.

    In other words: the writer is comparing apples and oranges.

    Since the Kalam cosmological argument has been discussed here before (and that not so very long ago) and the writer here bluntly repeats the bad arguments that were used then, this is a classic example of the logical fallacy of the argumentum ad nauseam, also called argumentum ad infinitum (‘to infinity’) and argument from repetition.

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    • Kyle says:

      This needs to be made clear. If you check some of the previous articles that dealt with the KCA, they usually end with atheists still posing questions that theists have yet to deal with. Just wiping the slate clean and restating it for the masses is intellectually dishonest.

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    • Ed Vaessen says:

      The argumentum ad nauseam is quite popular in among pseudoscientists. The ‘Logos Instituut’, an apologetics site in the Netherlands, uses it quite often.

      So on September 21st, 2016, one could find this post placed by one of its editors:

      http://logos.nl/ouderdomsdatering-minder-rotsvast-dan-gedacht/

      A snippet, in Dutch:

      “Uit de Bijbel kan afgeleid worden dat de aarde niet ouder is dan 10.000 jaar, en dit wordt bevestigd door vele wetenschappelijke argumenten, zoals bijvoorbeeld de snelle afname van de energie van het aardmagnetisch veld.”

      Translated (with google):

      “It can be derived from the Bible that the Earth is no older than 10,000 years, and this is confirmed by many scientific arguments, such as the rapid decrease of the energy of the earth’s magnetic field.”

      Yes, there it is: the rapid decrease of the energy of the earth’s magnetic field.

      It is breathtaking. Even if an argument, so very old, has been found to be as wrong as an argument can be, they simply reintroduce it as if it were never discussed, let alone debunked.

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