Block Logic

Photo by Kim Lance (used by permission)

Photo by Kim Lance (used by permission)

Have you ever had to resolve an unresolvable question? That’s usually where I live. Example: either I can have what I want, or I can do what I’m supposed to. Why can’t these two things ever converge?

I think one reason we can’t resolve things in life is because we in the Western hemisphere were taught Greek logic. What I’m seeing is that this kind of thinking should be used in math and the sciences. Not for gaining wisdom.

What I mean is: we were taught to observe, gather information, make assumptions and draw a conclusion (that’s linear reasoning). We were also taught that if A = C and B = C, then A = B (that’s circular reasoning).

Those are all great for formulas and equations and maybe legal debates, but the problem is they fall short when using them to understand higher spiritual truth. Think about it: if Jeff is a soldier and Fred is a soldier, then Jeff is Fred. See? It doesn’t work in every situation.

We become frustrated when we try to use that kind of thinking to understand God, His Word, and how He operates.

I still remember the day I read an article about Jewish block logic (vs. Greek or Western reasoning). The article said this, “[Western thinking] takes into account only things that can be understood within the finite minds of the human cranium and stutters and stumbles at realities beyond its comprehension.” (BLOCK LOGIC: An Introduction to Hebrew Thought By Robert Wurtz II)

Meaning, if you can’t explain something, it doesn’t exist. In this way of thought, there is no mechanism to explain things higher than we are, or things we cannot see, or prove the existence of.

Wurtz goes on to say, “One of the great tragedies of the last 2000 has been the influence of Greek philosophy upon interpretation of scripture. Greek logic falls wildly short of being able to understand God and His word and for this cause when Greek logic is used to understand scripture the reader is filled with all manner of feelings of contradiction.”

My friend, if you want to resolve the “unresolvable” questions you have about God, Jesus, the Bible, or faith, you have to learn to think a different way. You have to be willing to think beyond what you’ve been taught.

Here are three examples (taken from the referenced article) showing how block logic works:

  • Block 1: God has given man free will/choice. Block 2: Predestination. The resolution is in Block 3: God stands out of space and time. God already knows what we will choose because He has seen it. To Him, it has already happened.
  • Block 1: There is light and darkness. Block 2: They cannot exist together. The resolution is in Block 3: They are dependent on each other. (Light is the absence of darkness, and darkness is the absence of light). The very definition of light and dark is found not in what they are, but in what they are not.
  • Block 1: God is full of love and mercy. Block 2: God judges, punishes sin. (These two truths seem to be opposed) The resolution is in Block 3: God is Almighty. (He took care of the sin problem by paying for our sin Himself, and suffering the punishment Himself).

I realize this is a 30,000 foot view of a complex topic, but you know what? Sometimes that first view is what helps us begin to understand something beyond ourselves.

If you can receive it, this knowledge can change your life, because you will begin to think like your Heavenly Father thinks and speaks. It is the wisdom and the language of perfect, selfless, eternal love – the love of God.

Phyllis Keels

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