Ah the great challenge of life.Valoel wrote:So use them both?
All I know is that in my life, my subconscious thoughts, which I thought were the "Spirit," rarely turned out to be accurate. This is why I began doubting my orthodox testimony of the church. I could sit here all day and come up with reasons why I was "prompted by the Spirit" to do things that turned out to be pointless, but that exercise would also be pointless since I can't reliably know that information. For me, in the aggregate, using my rational, cognitive, critical thinking skills has proven far more useful than following various "promptings." That's not to say that kind of thinking always gets it right.Valoel wrote:I would reverse that and say the other emphasis is equally flawed -- that of pure, conscious logic alone. It doesn't have to be only one or the other. They are both a part of what makes us human.
Don't misunderstand, I don't reject my subconscious thoughts, and intuitions. I have just learned to be more suspicious of them in general. The subconscious serves a purpose in life - although we're just starting to figure it out - but I'm not sure it's to convey inherent universal Truths from God. For me, I research everything as much as possible and then form an opinion, or make a preliminary decision. If I really don't feel it is right, I will examine why, and redo my analysis. In all, I attempt to make decisions that are rationally sound, logically thought through, and which I still feel good about. However, I must confess, that the former influences the latter quite a bit.
I'm curious, why is using logic and rationality equally flawed in your view?