Shortcuts in Thinking

Shortcuts in Thinking

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Consider these easy questions quickly:

1.) If it takes 5 machines to make 5 widgets in 5 minutes, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

_ Minutes

2.)A baseball bat and ball cost $1.10 when purchased. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

_ Cents

3.) In a lake there is a patch of lily pads. Each day the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long does it take for the patch to cover 1/2 of the lake?

_ Days

What did you notice about the answers? The above are simple logic problems that many people will get wrong if considered only briefly, yet when a bit more effort is applied, arriving at the truth is not difficult. Why is this? When we quickly consider these questions, our minds tend to use bad logic. We look for quick associations instead of deeply considering the underlying problem. This mental laziness is often fine for quick reactions, but it is also often a poor way to arrive at truth.

When considering my faith, I want it to be anything but blind in regards to Logos (the Hebrew God). In fact, I want it to be both logical and reasonable, and I don’t want it to be weak and poorly considered. We don’t gain anything by having weak logic and sloppy reasoning for our points of view.

When you consider Logos, be willing do dive deeply into why you think whatever “hunches” you might have are correct. Utilize the mind God gave you to fulfill the suggestion in Isaiah 1 to “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord.” Just like with the simple word problems above, a bit more meditation on the subject might give you a much better result.

With love, always,


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