Van Yandell

Deuteronomy 4:35 and 39: “Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.”

My second year in college, I was required to enroll in Psychology 101. The year was 1966; I was 19. My main focus in life was still guns, fishing, and baseball. At that point, Margie had entered my life, so in the interest of self-preservation, she must be added to the list. She will proof this article to correct my grammatical inconsistencies (I hate the word “mistakes”) and any political incorrectness my sarcasm might enter herein.

My interest in psychology was limited at the time. My thinking was, just read the test questions and pick out the best choice, the one that made the most sense. Get through this nonsense, get back to the wood shop and on with the important things in life.

Finally, test day came. There were eight questions, and the entire test was on six pages. Every one of the questions was about two thirds of a page in very small print. My brain was going into spasms. By the time I read the four choices of the multiple choice questions, I had forgotten choice number one. To miss three of eight questions meant failure.

By sheer luck and the grace of God, I passed the test, by the skin of my teeth, I might add. “I must do better on the next test,” I thought. “There has to be a better approach to this without having to learn this ridiculous nonsense.” I certainly did not learn how to study in high school so I was in new territory.

An upper classman soon thereafter, told me, “Use the process of elimination.” Essentially, what that meant was, read the question and the choices. Select the answer that is the least likely to be correct, and mark it off. Then, you only have three choices. Of the remaining three, find the one least likely and eliminate it. Now, you’re down to two; take your best guess, you have a fifty% chance of getting the best answer which is better than the 25% you started with.

Later in life, much later, I discovered, there is a term for such a game plan — “deductive reasoning.” In making choices, do not seek out the best answer, but rather, eliminate the worst answers or choices. Life is viewed by some as a game, and knowing how to play it is of utmost importance.

One of my favorite TV shows was “Star Trek.” The character I admired the most was Mr. Spock. His favorite words were “logical” and “fascinating.”

Logic is a concept that comes into use in so many areas of life. Selecting which head of lettuce to place in your cart; which stocks, municipals or mutual funds to invest in; what car to buy or which piece of chocolate to pick out of the box. We all think about our actions, but many times allow our personal desires override our common sense.

Over the years, we have been made very aware of the fact all of us do not worship or adhere to the same god. In commandment number one, Exodus 20: 3: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” you will notice, God recognizes there are more gods than just Him, because “gods” isn’t capitalized. When we use the word “God” to denote the creator god, God of the Bible, we capitalize His name, God. With the capital letter, it becomes a noun which means, it is a name. (If any English teacher reads this, I hope I’m pretty close on this).

So, how do we know, the God of the Bible is real and all the others are false gods? I am very sure many of us would say, “Listen to the Holy Spirit.” That’s well and good, but I’m equally sure people of other religions have a similar reason to believe their god is real. King David believed the Lord lives! He wrote Psalm 18: 46 “The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.”

Now it’s time to move into the “deductive reasoning” method of selecting. Does it make sense that we evolved from a one cell organism over one hundred million years? Does it make sense that a real god would tell us to have multiple wives or marry someone of the same sex? Does it make sense that a real god would tell you to pray your ancestors into Heaven or there is no penalty for unconfessed sin? These questions could lengthen into volumes.

What does make sense (to you the reader, not just to me)? If I had to state a number one reason I believe in the God of the Bible, I would have to say, “There is no other logical and/or reasonable explanation for why we exist! Could we have evolved from a lower form of life? If so, where is the fossil record?

However there is a stronger motivation. There is an uncomplicated reason for believing in Creator God Jesus (Colossians 1: 16), the God of the Bible. He has made salvation and eternity easy for us. What was agonizing for Him, made it simple for us.

If we, by deductive reasoning, eliminate the other gods, one at a time, there is only one reasonable answer; the God of the Bible. All He asked us to do is believe. Believe He, God Jesus, came to the earth as the man Jesus, and offered Himself as a living, blood sacrifice for our sins. Believe, Christ Jesus crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected.