A wise life of virtue and knowledge comes to those who, with humility of heart and reverence for God, work hard at using their minds for study, to seek understanding, to capture truth.And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself (Luke 10:27 KJV). Very interesting that we are commanded to love God with all of our mind, yet many people in today’s secular world hold the belief that faith and a relationship with God are emotional, feeling, that is irrationally personal and should be kept private. The view the secular world, and many Christians have about Christianity is anything but intellectual. Instead, many think of Christianity as emotional support that plays into people’s empty selves of merely feeling good. It is vital for Christians to think well and think properly, strengthening their mental abilities to critically think to breathe intelligence and the saltiness of biblical truth back into the church. After all, let us not forget, it is in the church where many intellectual advancements were historically birthed, like science. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men (Matt 5:13). The Christian person, void of intellect is like salt that has lost its’ saltiness, useless. Being that we live in the most anti-intellectual age in history, now is the time for Christians to rise above to the occasion. Not only is the time ripe for Christians to strengthen their intelligence and thinking muscle, but the culture needs moral values, and God rooted intelligence injected back into society.
Do we, as the disciples of Jesus, possess through Scripture and other means a reliable source of knowledge of reality, or do we not?As individual disciples of Jesus, and Christian apologists, we are required to be able to give a logical and sound reason for our faith, scripture, and more importantly, God, requires this of us. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15). The ability to give answers helps people as both individual disciples and as apologists.
It is so important that Hosea 4:6 categorically asserts that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children” (NASB).Moreland continues by explaining that He, God was not upset about faith, but the intellectual precursor to faith, which is knowledge. It is fascinating that Scripture has more to say about knowledge than faith.In conclusion, Scripture requires us to use our minds, more than have blind anti-intellectual faith. The more we use our minds, the more we serve God’s Kingdom as individual disciples and as defenders of the Christian faith.
J.P Moreland, Love your God with all your Mind, (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1997), 79.
J.P Moreland, Love your God with all your Mind, (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1997), 56.