There is a logical fallacy known as the False Cause, which LogicalFallacies defines as:
“Presuming that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other.
“Many people confuse correlation (things happen near each other) for causation (one thing caused the other).”
It is becoming quite popular today, if you visit various Christian websites/blogs or see random quotes in your BookFace feed, to find comments that reinforce the following diagnosis:
And, of course, since no follower of Jesus wants to be known as an arrogant know-it-all, therefore certainty in matters of faith must be rejected.
And many of us have, at some point in our journey, actually met some arrogant know-it-alls. And some of them have even been Christians. We weren’t comfortable around them, and we certainly don’t want to be them. And so the False Cause Fallacy can be surreptitiously planted into our thinking.
Aye, but here’s the rub… (actually, there are several)
- It’s a False Cause fallacy because arrogance is not caused by certainty. Let me say that again: arrogance is not caused by certainty.
Arrogant people can and sometimes do attach themselves to theological certainty, but let’s face it: they’d be arrogant no matter what the issue was. Theology, politics, or the Toronto Maple
LaffsLeafs — the problem is the arrogance, not the topic it’s been applied to.
- The opposite of Arrogance is Humility, not uncertainty. When God speaks against pride and arrogance, He never counsels lack of certainty as the remedy, but rather humbleness (James 4:6,10 & 1 Peter 5:5-6)
- We serve a God who is revelatory by intent — the supreme example being the Incarnation of the Son of God, who “became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14) . When God goes to such great lengths to reveal Himself, doesn’t it seem just a wee bit odd that 21st century peeps are trying to make Him all hidden and unknowable again?
But don’t buy into the
logical fallacy lie that says holding your faith with certainty = arrogance. You can be humble, and confident in your faith, all at the same time.