Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.“ (Matthew 22:37 NIV) There must be active involvement with our mind as part of our Christian belief. Christianity is not a “scrunch up your face and say, ‘I hope it’s true'” religion. It is a religion based on historical fact — a supernatural Creation, the accounts of the patriarchs, kings and prophets in the Old Testament, the person of Jesus Christ, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. You need to know the facts.
Peter told us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (I Peter 3:15 NIV) We have to know the answers to the legitimate questions people have about God, Jesus, the Bible, the Christian faith. We need our mind for this!
Acts 18:4 says of Paul, “Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” Reasoning and persuasion both require active and organized use of our minds.
Jesus called on us to “go and make disciples . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19,20) Teaching and learning are definitely mind-ful activities.
God is an intelligent and rational God.
We must be intelligent and rational too.
We must use our minds — it is part of loving God!
See you soon.