To Think, or Not to Think
(That is the question)
God created us with a brain, which is faster and more complex than any “super computer” ever built.
This one part of the human anatomy is proof that God exists.
How can you have a creation so complex without a Creator?
How can you have such an intricate design without a Designer?
If I were to present a completely assembled computer and tell you I believe that over millions of years it formed the metal alloys, polymers, diodes, transistors, resistors, transformers, and integrated circuits that came together on their own without any intelligent outside intervention, you would probably think I was crazy.
The human brain has millions of synapses, neuron pathways and an electro-chemical communication system that is unparalleled.
Therefore, if God gave us a brain, should we not use it to think, reason, and analyze?
Some opponents of Christianity say that Christians must “check” their brains at the door of the church.
I say nothing could be further from the truth.
There are also those within the body of Christ who seem to have an aversion to education, knowledge and cognitive abilities.
Let’s see what the word of God has to say about it:
And so on throughout the book of Proverbs King Solomon (regarded by some as the wisest man who ever lived) extols the virtues of knowledge, instruction and wisdom.
II Timothy 2:15
II Timothy 3:16-17
Of course, it is not required for salvation that we have a deep analytical mind, or be highly intelligent.
Jesus calls us “sheep”.
Just look at:
And many more.
But is also equally not a disqualification from salvation if we do possess intellectual abilities.
Just look at some of the great, well-educated minds of the Bible, who were believers:
Luke the Disciple (he was a doctor)
The Apostle Paul
What about other early church fathers:
Clement of Rome (First Bishop of Rome after the Apostles)
Polycarp of Asia Minor (Greek Bishop of Smyrna)
Justin Martyr (Early Christian Apologist and theologian)
Charles H. Spurgeon
Then there are those who are recognized for their secular genius:
Blaise Pascal (Scientist & Mathematician) the Father of Computer Logic
Sir Isaac Newton (Physicist & Mathematician) Created Calculus
C. S. Lewis (Author and Philosopher)
Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Physician & Humanitarian)
John Milton (Author & Poet)
John Bunyan (Author)
G. K. Chesterton (Author)
Søren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher)
And of course, there are many Christians today who are considered quite learned and intellectual:
D. James Kennedy
God wants us to think and reason.
II Timothy 1:12
I John 5:13
So as you can see Christianity and education or intelligence are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Please don’t misunderstand me: I am not saying that all Christians should be highly intellectual. However, I do believe many believers are not using their God-given talent/ability/gift of intelligence or critical thinking skills as God has intended for the benefit or furtherance of the Gospel.
We all have differing degrees of intellectual ability. But I believe most of us can become scholars in the area of the Gospel at varying levels so as to minister to people at varying levels.
I Peter 2:1-5
I Corinthians 3:1-4
I Corinthians 12:1-31
I Corinthians 13 (the Love Chapter)