The Roles Of Faith & Reason: Heart & Head
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Trust In The LORD With All Your Heart PROVERBS 3:5-6
PROVERBS 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Faith is not the opposite of reason - they are just two different but complementary aspects of our lives as human beings. Faith involves the HEART; Reason involves the HEAD.
Blaise Pascal, the famous French mathematician and thinker (1623-1662) had an overwhelming spiritual experience of God. He wrote:
• If God does not exist, one will lose nothing by believing in him,
while if he does exist, one will lose everything by not believing.
[This is called 'Pascal’s Wager']
• The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
• In every man's heart there is an emptiness that only God can fill.
Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, North Africa (354-430) wrote:
"Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You, O God.".......
"Seek not to understand that you may believe; rather believe that you may understand."
These men were emphasising that FAITH involves the HEART, while REASON involves the HEAD.
VIDEO OF SCIENTIST ON FAITH & SCIENCE
For more on the relationship between faith and reason for an internationally renowned scientist, watch the VIDEO OF FRANCIS COLLINS, former Director of the Human Genome Project, talking about his faith as a Christian as well as being a scientist after growing up as an atheist.