Series on Logic – Part 2 The First Law

Beloved, today we’re going to talk about the laws of logic. Last week we began this series by summarizing what logic is. This week we’re going to discuss the first law of logic, the law of non-contradiction. I’ve mentioned this one before, and feel like it’s the most basic form of logic everyone should understand. Remember, dear ones, I’m just giving you snap shots of these, we’re not going to be delving in-depth. Hopefully you get a good enough taste that you look more into it.

The law of non-contradiction states that something can not be both true and false at the same time. This seems obvious, logically speaking something needs to be either true or false. However, this simple law of logic is often used incorrectly in reference to the Bible. I’m sure you’ve all heard there are contradictions in the Bible, I’ve even heard professing Christians make this statement.

Our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim, does an excellent job refuting these supposed contradictions. The most impactful thing he does is showing that these are not even contradictions, more times than not the word is being misused. A great example often used is the two descriptions of how Judas died. Many atheists claim the Bible ‘contradicts’ itself here, as one verse says he hung himself, and the other says he fell and his bowels spilled out. For this to be a true contradictory statement one would have to refute the other. These two verses do not contradict one another, both can and are, true logical statements.

The law of non-contradiction is important for us, as believers, to understand. If you share your faith often enough you will eventually encounter this. I pray these short explanations are helpful for you all, beloved friends. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

8 thoughts on “Series on Logic – Part 2 The First Law”

  1. “A great example often used is the two descriptions of how Judas died. Many atheists claim the Bible ‘contradicts’ itself here, as one verse says he hung himself, and the other says he fell and his bowels spilled out. For this to be a true contradictory statement one would have to refute the other. These two verses do not contradict one another, both can and are, true logical statements.”

    How come you don’t bother to explain how these can be noncontradictory statements? Why are we obligated to read Pastor Jim’s explanation? Why haven’t you taken your vast knowledge of the Bible and come up with your own list of contradictions and explain, in your own words why they’re not? Isn’t this the job of a teacher? You are a teacher, aren’t you, as you homeschool your daughter? I suggest practicing your arguments here for when she becomes old enough to ask the tough questions. She’ll appreciate what you have to say more if you say it instead of reading it to her from another source.

    Anyway. I assume, since I don’t feel like reading Pastor Jim’s words yet, that he says the process of hanging clearly involves a fall and generally one loses control of fecal and urinary matter at death, so all that which is in the bowels runs out.

    Except… Pastor Jim isn’t talking about Judas’ death in that post, nor is Judas’ death on his list of “debunked” contradictions. Which makes it all the more annoying that you have neither provided your own explanation nor any proof that you aren’t pulling this “commonly cited” contradiction out of thin air.

    Luckily, I’ve had this page (https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Biblical_contradictions) bookmarked for awhile and look! It does talk about Judas’ deaths, and is more specific about what the Bible actually says happened and specifies all the additional information that must be added to make them not contradict. It’s good reading 😊.

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    1. Catherine, I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear from you! It’s been a while, I was getting concerned. I hope you, and your family, are doing well. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy my sparksnote version of this law of logic. You most likely won’t appreciate the rest of the series, as I merely intend on walking through a very basic description.
      I used the death of Judas example as one that’s the most obvious, anyone can read the definition of contradiction and realize that those verses do not contradict one another. There are some more difficult issues addressed by Pastor Jim, which is why I suggested him to my readers. He’s doing an excellent job working his way through all the details!
      You make a valid point though, that I could do a better job with citing. I actually used the CARM website for this post, and hadn’t considered whether or not others might enjoy the reading. I’ll be more conscious of this in the future, and add a link in the post.
      My main point in going through logic, however, is to edify the body of believers not to show off any knowledge I have of Gods Word. If I draw each little bit out, using eloquent language, unnecessarily tedious reading material, just to make myself look intelligent than I’ve written for my own glory. I stand, rather, with Paul in trembling while I speak to my audience. I don’t handle my brethren as if they’re here for me, to hear me speak well. I’m here, instead, for them. I hope in anyway possible to share what I have to say quickly, they can take it in and look deeper if they want. There’s no obligation.
      In regards to teaching my daughter, and preparing for the tough questions, I appreciate your advice. However, one of the best things about having a family of believers going back for centuries is that we can learn from one another. Why would I rely on my own wisdom when I can look back on the collective work of much more intelligent men! Men like John Owens, Edwards, and Spurgeon. Even further back, men like Luther, Knox, and Calvin. Or way back, with Polycarp, Ignatius, and Clement of Rome? With all these resources at my fingertips it would be foolish to tell my daughter to take my word for it.
      It’s foolish for me to tell you to take my word for it as well, which is why I should have added the link to that cite. Still, the most foolish thing we can do is look at the laws of logic and suggest they came from random chance evolution. We have laws of logic because we have a Creator that is a law giver. We can in no ways avoid His laws of logic, or gravity, or the Ten Commandments. If we’ve lied, stollen, lusted after another, dishonored our parents, or placed anything above God, than we’ve merely broken a fraction of those laws God gave. Those laws were set down, not for us to follow perfectly as no one can, but to lead the proud heart to the humble cry of repentance at the foot of the cross of Christ. We have sinned against an eternal God, and on judgement day we will receive the due penalty. Please, Catherine, don’t think because you’ve read a lot of contradictions and have such great head knowledge that you’ll be able to bribe the Judge of all mankind. He offered His only begotten Son, who paid a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. Repent of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ alone, God does not will that any should parish. We don’t know when we’ll die, but we all know that eventually we’ll fall prey to the greatest statistic 10 out of 10 die.

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  2. Love this comment. I for one appreciate your use of the example of Judas’ death as I hear that sometimes during evangelism and discussion. Good post sister, keep up the good work and I look forward to other posts in this series in the near future.

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