Logic and the MIND of יהוה (GOD)- Unit 1
MENTALLY CONNECTING TO BIBLE TRUTHS (Unit 1)
LOGIC and the MIND of YHWH (GOD)
In an attempt to know the mind of God people ask a variety of questions from; who is God? to what is God? to why is God? These are questions with a thousand answers, depending on who you ask. In most cases the answer one receives appears to seem correct because God is essentially unfathomable by the human mind and he has countless nuances far beyond any human’s comprehension. Yet the human mind is a construct of God and therefore we should be able to identify a constitutive link between the creator and the creation.
In searching for such a link we must not allow ourselves to be confined to the realm of conventional thought about God and his human creation. In our most basic form we humans are essentially organic machines with the ability to think. Did you catch the part about ‘the ability to think’? This phrase should not be skimmed over lightly, for therein lies the link to the mind of God.
The link which ties our physical side with our spiritual side is our mind. As such, this is the place where a connection with God must be not only searched for but can be found. It is here where two of the fundamental qualities which make up the mind of God have their counter-parts in our own minds.
Those counterparts are ‘Truth’ and ‘Logic’ (reason). Both define essential characteristics of what God himself is and together they provide the means by which we can achieve a meaningful relationship with our creator. It is impossible to place an order of importance on these two, for as far as we can tell, they have always existed in God’s mind. It’s not that one can say one comes before the other, as they are completely essential to one another. One cannot have logic and the things it provides without truth which is best defined by the word ‘reality’. One cannot arrive at truth unless one uses logic. It may be said they, both together, constitute the ultimate symbiotic relationship.
This unit will deal with Logic, its relationship to God and our relationship to it according to the Bible. For an in-depth definition of the meaning behind ‘Truth” in scriptural terms, go to http://www.mining-bibles-4-truth.com/what-is-truth—essay.html
The word ‘Logic’ is a Greek word which is not found in the O.T. (Old Testament) writings. However we can find there a number of different words that describe what logic is. In O.T. terms ‘Wisdom’ most closely defines the meaning behind the original Greek N. T. word, “Logos”, mentioned at John 1:1. While most popular English Bibles transliterated the word ‘Logos’ as, ‘the Word’ which was with God from the beginning, this is inadequate, for in that transliteration from ‘Logos’ to ‘Word’, it has lost the most important parts of its meaning.
Understand that often Greek and English are very poor languages for translation of concepts which find their origin in prior languages such as Hebrew or Egyptian. The original express such concepts in a much better way. When the Greek New Testament was translated into Latin, “Logos” became “Verbum”; and when the English King James translation was made from the Latin version, “Verbum” became “Word,” twice removed from the original text.
Mostly, today’s popular bibles have preserved the term “Word” which is a less than accurate translation of an original Greek word ‘logos’ describing a Hebrew concept for wisdom.
While most versions do identify the one referred to as ‘the Word’ as Christ correctly, much meaning is lost from what the original writers had in mind. When they substituted ‘The Word’ for Logos as an accolade describing the only begotten son of God they lost important aspects about the meaning behind ‘Logos. ”In this rendering they correctly picked up on the fact that Christ was indeed a spokesman for his father, YHWH.
However they ignored his more important connection with his father, that he was and is the LOGOS, the “wisdom’ of God (Prov.8:1-12, 22-25, 27-33). In these verses we find all things described being directly attributable to Jesus Christ, Gods son and the prospective King of Gods kingdom.
By the time we reach this verse we should have begun to discern there is more to this passage than immediately met our eyes. By now we may have noticed ‘wisdom’ speaks as a person, and not merely a desirable quality.
In the next ten verses we are told of the origin of wisdom and the relationship he has with the Creator.
By verse 22 we are given positive proof the wisdom being spoken of is personified by Jesus Christ, for everything it says applies to him and his relationship with his father.
Pro 8:22 “The LORD created me first of all, the first of his works, long ago. 23 I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began. 24 I was born before the oceans, when there were no springs of water. 25 I was born before the mountains, before the hills were set in place, 26 before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil. 27 I was there when he set the sky in place, when he stretched the horizon across the ocean, 28 when he placed the clouds in the sky, when he opened the springs of the ocean 29 and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said. I was there when he laid the earth’s foundations. 30 I was beside him like an architect, I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence-31 happy with the world and pleased with the human race.
In verses 22-25 we have confirmation that it is Jesus Christ who personifies the wisdom of God. This is clearly demonstrated by means of the synergy principal. That is clarification from other places in the Bible. (Gen.1:1, Joh 1:1, Col.1:16. Joh 1:14).
As ‘wisdom personified’ he was a real-time manifestation of the “Mind of God”. In his position as HIGH PRIEST he is a direct connection between humans and his father, YHWH, our GOD. Thus we have a physical defacto representation of a mental relationship between the Creator and the creation. That mental relationship was also innate within humans as a link between the mind of God and the mind of man.
We have within ourselves both the mental ability to communicate with God and also those mental abilities he has endowed us with to benefit ourselves and those around us. We are created in his image insofar as we have, in a lesser sense qualities and attributes he himself possesses. If we use these in accord with his will we will find ourselves in harmony with him and with his purposes for the earth.