Fulty Reasoning

March 22, 2013

Faulty Reasoning

            I would like to invite you to play the “praise and blame game” with me. The winner is the one who correctly identifies the one who deserves of the praise or the blame.  We will play the praise game first.

We open a book and find a beautiful piece of poetry.  Who should get the praise for it?  Now we know that poems are written with pens.  Isn’t that right?  Therefore we should give the praise to the pens.  Isn’t that right?  In the same book we find a beautiful painting.  Now we know that paintings are painted with paint brushes.  Isn’t that right?  Therefore we should give the praise to the paint brushes.  Isn’t that right?   Someone says we could flood the world with poetry and beautiful paintings if we had a way of making pens and paint brushes more readily available.  Is that good or faulty logic?  I think most of you would agree that that is faulty reasoning. The praise should go to the writers and the artists. Pens and paint brushes don’t do anything good unless they are in the hands of someone who knows how to use them.

Now let’s play the blame game.  Suppose we step into a little store and we find the proprietor dead on the floor.  It’s obvious that he has been shot in the head.  Now we know that people get shot with guns.  Therefore we should lay the blame on the guns.  Isn’t that right?  Some think that the way to stop violent crimes like this is to confiscate all the guns and melt them down.  Is that good or faulty reasoning?

Right thinking people are sure to respond by saying, “That’s faulty reasoning.  Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.” A gun is an inanimate object.  Unless it’s in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, it isn’t capable of doing harm or good.

Pens and paintbrushes in the hands of people can be used to do good or harm.  They can be used to scribble on the pages of a good book or deface a beautiful painting.  The same is true of guns. They can be used in self-defense or to shoot wild animals that serve as food.  Thousands of deer are shot each year and their meat serves as food.  Guns can be used for good or bad.  Would it be wise to confiscate all the pens and paint brushes because they can be used destructively?  If that was done, I’m sure some would go to the chicken house and gather chicken feathers.  The point of a feather can be dipped in ink and used to write.  The other end of a feather could be used as a paint brush.  The same will happen if we take away the guns.  They aren’t the only instruments used to kill people.  What about hammers and knives?

We do well to go to the Bible in search of sound reasoning.  Matthew 5:29-30 gives us something to think about.  “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.   And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”  Before plucking out his eye or chopping off his hand, any right thinking person is going to do some serious thinking.  I believe he will ask himself, “Is my eye or my hand really to blame?” He is almost certain to realize that he is to blame for the wrong being done by his eye or hand.

We need to use the same reasoning in seeking a solution to the gun violence.  If guns aren’t to blame, then it has to be the ones who are misusing them. Since people are to blame, we need to turn our attention to changing the way they think.  Most people would never think of killing someone.  We need to make an attempt to change the thinking of the violent, hateful and revengeful people.

I choose to call the dangerous or potentially dangerous people “bullies.” Let me explain what they are like.  A bully is one who finds satisfaction by gaining control over others.  Our public schools are struggling with what is called “bullying.” There are children who get a thrill out of forcing other children to do as they say.  It isn’t anything new.  Sixty years ago, when I was in high school, junior and senior boys banded together to torment the freshmen boys.  They  would corner us and demand that we drop our pants in front of them.  That’s an indignity and most would refuse to do it.  I knew that if I didn’t do as I was told they would hit me on the shoulder so hard they would knock me down.  I just did what I was told to do without offering any resistance.  They didn’t get any sensation from that, so they just told me, “Okay, you can go.”

An ever increasing number of children and young people are spending hours every day playing electronic and computer games that teach them to be bullies.  The winner of the game is the one who kills the most people.  In other games the winner is the bully on the road that forced cars and trucks off the road.  That gives them a sense of superiority.

Bullies look for ways of gaining power over others.  They say to others. “I can lick you.”  That makes them feel superior.  You can imagine what happens when a bully has a loaded gun in his hand.  He may be a weakling, but with a gun in his hand he has power over his superiors.  Bullies   are the ones who go out with guns and open fire on innocent people.

The best thing that someone could do for a bully would be to take him or her aside and, in a loving way, show that he cares about them, and thereby gain their confidence and respect.  Don’t call them bullies because that would be offensive. They need someone to mentor them. What they need to learn, more than how to read and write, is to have compassion for others.  They need to learn the true meaning of the word “love.” They need a change of heart and attitude. Until, and unless they do, they will have many serious problems in life and be a source of grief to others.

People with faulty thinking are looking for solutions in the wrong place.  Confiscating all the guns is not the solution.  Those who advocate gun confiscation most often have an ulterior motive.  Many people are ignorant enough to accept what they say without thinking.  The motive of the gun control people is to leave people without defense.  Those who confiscate the guns will still have them and they can then be the bullies and have power over everyone else.

Denying or neglecting the spiritual nature of man is causing serious problems for us.  Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In Matthew 15:19-20 we are told, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:   These are the things which defile a man.” Are you guilty of faulty reasoning?  Do you think?  It’s obvious that many people aren’t thinking.  They are letting others think for them.  It doesn’t take a superior intelligence to see the faulty logic of many people.  It takes a little effort to think.  Be a thinker and you can change your life and that of others around you.


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One Response to “Fulty Reasoning”

  1. Daiana George said

    Thanks for seeking the Lord to give you the wisdom and take the time to write!!! I enjoyed it and it will be a blessing to many.

    “…And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:2
    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2Tim.3:16

    May the Lord continue guiding you and use you for his Glory.

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