Rational Versus Irrational Thinking

October 14, 2020

Rational Versus Irrational Thinking

By Russell George

Many people aren’t thinking right. If we don’t think right, we don’t do right. Rational thinking is that which stands to reason. Those who think rationally have good reason for thinking the way they do. To the contrary, irrational thinking is thinking that doesn’t stand to reason. In this article we are going to consider some irrational ways that people are thinking.

Perhaps you have heard someone say, or read the words, “If it feels good do it.” Some think that means that if something feels good to them they should have a right to do it. They haven’t stopped to think that they have to put some limits on that. When we are tired after a long day’s work, it sure feels good to go to bed and sleep. There are other things that feel good and are legitimate, but not all things are legitimate just because they make us feel good.

Think of the bad behavior that can and does result from this irrational way of thinking. What’s to stop a man from thinking he has a right to rape a woman because it makes him feel good? Those with rational thinking ask, “What does that do to women’s rights?”

Teenagers suffer from irrational thinking. A teenager sits down beside a friend of his and hands him a pill. He says, “Hey, take this. It will make you feel good.” He takes it and, sure enough, it makes him feel good. He seeks out his friend and asks for more of those pills. He is willing to pay money for them. He ends up being a drug addict with all the bad effects. If he had been thinking rationally, before he took that first pill, he would have asked himself, “Where will this lead to?”

The same tragic end comes to those who start drinking alcohol because it makes them feel good. Thousands of lives are being snuffed out every day as the result of alcohol and drug abuse. Tragically innocent people are also losing their lives every day on the highways because drug or alcohol addicts crash into them.

The news media is making us increasingly more aware of another manifestation of irrational thinking. Somehow some have accepted the irrational notion that we can fight bad behavior with bad behavior. Those who have a rational mind know that we correct bad behavior by means of law and order. That’s the way it has been done in the past with good results.

This all started some months ago when a bad policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota killed a man by keeping his knee on his neck until he suffocated. As a result, some people started responding with violent protests in the streets to protest “police brutality.” It looks highly suspicious that it was planned as a means of taking down the police.

It is irrational thinking to think we don’t need the police. The founders of our country included the judicial as one of the three branches of our government. Their duty is to see that the laws are enforced. They can’t do that without the police. They knew that men, by nature, are wicked. Adam’s sin was passed on to the entire human race. The Bible clearly says that men, by nature are evil. Romans 3:10-12 says. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Crime is rapidly increasing in cities where the police are restricted. Bad people hate and fear the police but good people are grateful for police because they are peace keepers. Letting criminals have their way will relieve the problem of over crowded prisons, but we will have to build bigger cemeteries to make room for all those who loose their lives because of man’s inhumanity to man. On what side do you think rational thinking people should be?

Bad behavior is best corrected by law and order. That way the one practicing bad behavior is made to pay. The irrational way in which some are responding today is like children who throw a temper tantrum when they don’t get their way. If parents respond by giving in to the child they will live to regret it. It is sad that some homes today are ruled by the children, not the parents.

Irrational thinking has always been a part of the human race, but it seems as though we are seeing more of it in our day. If we look for an explanation for the reason we can’t help but lay the blame on the way children are being educated in our public schools. Our public schools are not teaching children how to reason and think for themselves. In years gone by nearly all the high schools taught a course on logic. It isn’t being taught any more. One reason for that is that most colleges and universities have been taken over by liberals. That’s where teachers receive their training.

To do some research on this subject, I went to google.com and typed in “Logic in secular education.” I found a site that asks people why they think logic isn’t taught in our schools. I think only one person said that they thought it was because the liberals want to produce a generation of people who will willingly subject themselves to the ruling class. Personally, I think that is the main reason for not teaching logic. Some said that it’s because logic is contrary to people’s religious beliefs.

The truth is that, as Christians, there are things that we believe that unbelievers don’t think are logical. That may be true, but it’s because we believe in an all-powerful, all-wise God. With God, there is nothing impossible. Matthew 19:26 says, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

The truth is that God wants us to be rational thinkers. Proverbs 2:5-6 says, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Just because something seems right doesn’t make it right.

In Isaiah 1:18 we read, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” When we reason with someone, we present the truth we want them to accept. Then we ask, “Now, doesn’t that stand to reason?” God is gracious. He doesn’t demand that we accept what he says just because he says it. Often we should, but God also asks us to think about it and ask ourselves, “Now isn’t that to your advantage?”

Let’s get back to rational thinking. It promotes peace and harmony in society. Have you asked God to forgive your sins? If not, why not. There is much to gain and nothing to lose. Jesus has paid the penalty. All you need to do is accept it. If you think rationally you will say, “Yes, God. I need your forgiveness.”

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