God is a God of reason (Isaiah 1:18), and He has created us as rational creatures in His image (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 3:10), so surely He intends for us to utilize the gift of reason. God wants us to take an intelligent step of faith in the light of good evidence, not a blind leap of faith into the dark (see John 20:27).

The Bible is filled with exhortations to use reason. Jesus commanded His followers, “Love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). The apostle Paul taught, “Whatever is true…think about these things” (Philippians 4:8), and he reasoned with Jews and philosophers (Acts 17:17,22-31). Church elders are instructed to refute those who contradict sound doctrine (Titus 1:9). Paul says he was appointed for “the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:16). Jude urged, “Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Peter commanded us to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). All these activities involve the use of God-given reason.

Rhodes, Ron. 2010. 5-Minute Apologetics for Today: 365 Quick Answers to Key Questions. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.