April 13th, 2012
Teaching Our Brains to Think
Our brains are tremendously designed control centers that do more than any computer has ever done. It should be obvious after reading this issue of Think & Believe why our brains could not have evolved through chance processes. However, there is a significant part of our society that is trying to convince us that there is no Creator and that brains were not designed. This is having devastating effects on us and our children. Many unknowingly begin to accept this non-God bias.
The verse that keeps coming back to us time and again is Colossians 2:8 which says: “Beware lest any man spoil you (take you captive) through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” According to this verse, there is a battle for our minds, but fortunately, there is something we can actively do to keep ourselves and our children from falling prey (or perhaps even rescue them from the mire).
According to Romans 1, God’s power and divine nature are clearly seen through His creation, so there is no excuse for unbelief. The evidence is all around us. However, we can be taken captive and led astray from this truth by evolutionary interpretations of the evidence (or by an unwillingness to honor God as God and give Him thanks). Taking people back to the truth of God’s Word in creation can help prevent casualties and rescue others who have already been taken captive.
We are reminded of the words of a man we met who was an atheist before hearing the creation message: “The evidence you presented blew my mind. I’m not sure you know it, but you are leaving a trail of blown minds all across the country.” He became a believer and a strong advocate of the creation teaching which God used to rescue him from the mire of evolution and unbelief.
II Corinthians 10:5 is a key to keep us from being taken captive. It says, “(We are) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” That is an active faith, not a passive one. This is done through much prayer and actively teaching the truth of creation, the truth of God’s Word, and the truth of God’s character.
In Mark 12:30, Jesus says to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. How can we love God with all our mind if our thinking is filtered through a world-taught, frequently anti-God, evolutionary bias? Romans 12:2 says “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Let’s break out of the world’s mold and actively teach ourselves and our children to use our marvelously-designed brains to honor, praise, and thank our great Creator God.
By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting
Originally Published in the March/April 2001 Think and Believe.
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