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April 7, 2019 Made to Think (Brian Simko)

Made to Think

Sermon by Brian Simko

 

Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together",

Says the Lord,

Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.

 

C.S. Lewis left his childhood Christian faith to spend years as a determined atheist. After finally admitting God existed, Lewis gave in and knelt in prayer to become what he described later as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

Lewis’s long journey away from, and back to, faith began with his mother’s death from cancer when he was a boy. Disillusioned that God had not healed his mother, Lewis set out on a path toward full-bodied rationalism and atheism. The road back to faith was cluttered with obstacles Lewis once thought impossible to overcome. His conversion to a robust Christianity required years of intellectual struggle and came only after being convinced that faith was reasonable. CBN http://www1.cbn.com/cs-lewis-journey-faith

"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. Just how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? … Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist—in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless—I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality—namely my idea of justice—was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning." (Mere Christianity, 45-46)

Did you know, that if you ask an atheist when they stopped believing in God, they will tell you? Isn't it interesting that everyone believes in God before they decide not to believe? It's really not surprising, since the the reality of God can be seen all around us and we were made to be in relationship with Him.

Some say you have to check your brain at the door to be a Christian. It is silly to believe in God. And they will say that science is intelligent and proves Christianity and the Bible wrong.

Definition of Science— the acquisition of knowledge through experimentation and observation.

You can have "bad" science and "good" science. I can do a study on 100 people with poor attitudes from the biker bar down the road, and say that through experimentation and observation, (the scientific process) that a slap to the face causes anger in 100/100 people. That may look good on the surface but it is not good science. Someone else does the same study and finds that 97/100 people in there group got angry. They randomly chose there test group from the park. They also found that a slap to the face causes physical pain and emotional pain by feelings of offence, disrespect and sadness which in turn makes the person angry. That could be considered a good study or good science, because it creates a more accurate, clearer, more detailed picture of cause and effect. More knowledge gained. The three people in the test group that didn't get angry, although feeling some physical discomfort, did not experience offence, disrespect or sadness but saw a different context to that slap and found the slap humorous.

If you are trying to prove something, everything you do is geared to that end. You have a bend, a bias, a different starting point than that of someone who is trying to prove otherwise.

If you charge one group of people to prove why winter is better than summer and charge another group to prove why summer is better than winter, both groups will have valid points and convincing arguments.

Likewise, a person can pull a passage out of Scripture and use it to "prove" practically anything they want. It depends on the context they use it in. The context with which it was written or the context they add.

 

"Knowing scripture" By R.C Sproul

Knowledge is necessary if wisdom is to be gained, but it is not identical with wisdom.

People who despise theory and call themselves practical are not wise. Those who concern themselves only with short-term goals may have big trouble when it comes to the very long run of eternity. It must also be added that there is no practice without some underlying theory. We do what we do because we have a theory, even if only implicit, about the value of doing it. Nothing betrays our deepest theories more eloquently than our practice. We may never think seriously about our theories or subject them to rigorous critical analysis, but we all have them. As in the case of the Christian who wants Christ without theology, so the person who wants practice without theory will usually wind up with bad theories that lead to bad practice.

Because the theories found in Scripture proceed from God, the Bible is eminently practical. Nothing could be more practical than God's Word because it proceeds from a theory that is established from the eternal perspective. The fatal weakness of pragmatism is overcome by revelation.

The Bible is addressed primarily, though not exclusively, to our understanding. That means the mind. This is difficult to communicate to modern Christians who are living in what may be the most anti-intellectual period of western civilization. Notice, I did not say anti-academic or anti-technological or anti-scholarly. I said anti-intellectual. There is a strong current of antipathy to the function of the mind in the Christian life.

To be sure, there are historical reasons for this kind of reaction. Many lay people have felt the result of what one theologian has called "the treason of the intellectual." So much skepticism, cynicism, and negative criticism have spewed forth from the intellectual world of theologians that laypeople have lost their trust in intellectual enterprises. In many cases there is the fear that faith will not hold up under intellectual scrutiny, so the defense becomes the denigration of the human mind. We turn to feelings rather than to our minds to establish and preserve our faith. This is a very serious problem we face in the twenty-first-century church.

Christianity is supremely intellectual though not intellectualistic. That is, Scripture is addressed to the intellect without at the same time embracing a spirit of intellectualism. The Christian life is not to be a life of bare conjecture or cold rationalism but one of vibrant passion. Strong feelings of joy, love and exaltation are called for again and again. But those passionate feelings are a response to what we understand with our minds to be true. When we read in Scripture, "Take courage; I have overcome the world" (Jn 16;33), "ho hum" is not an appropriate response. We can be of good cheer because we understand that Christ has indeed overcome the world. That thrills our souls and sets our feet to dancing. What is more precious than to experience the sweetness of the presence of Christ or the nearness of the Holy Spirit?

Sensuous Christians don't need to study the Word of God because they already know the will of God by their feelings. They don't want to know God; they want to experience him. Sensuous Christians equate "childlike faith" with ignorance. They think that when the Bible calls us to childlike faith, it means a faith without content, a faith without understanding. They don't know that the Bible says, "In evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature" ( 1 Cor 14:20). They don't realize that Paul tells us again and again, "My beloved brethren, I would not have you ignorant" (see, for example, Rom 11:25)

Sensuous Christians go their merry way until they encounter the pain of life that is not so merry-- and they fold. They usually end up embracing a kind of "relational theology" (a curse on modern Christianity) where personal relationships and experience take precedence over the Word of God. If the Scripture calls us to action that may jeopardize a personal relationship, then the Scripture must be compromised. The highest law of sensuous Christians is that bad feelings must be avoided at all cost.

God forbid that we should lose our passion or go through the Christian pilgrimage without any experience of Christ. But what happens when there is a conflict between what God says and what I feel? We must do what God says, like it or not. That is what Christianity is all about. (Knowing Scripture by R.C Sproul)

 

God has created us so that the heart follows the head. (Knowing Scripture by R.C Sproul)

I wanted a 2002 Audi A6, twin turbo, 6speed, all wheel drive. But after reading many reviews about poor reliability and high repair costs, my head said no to that car and my heart followed. I no longer wanted it.

Our head keeps us on the right path when our heart wants to lead us back to sin. That is if we use our head (think) and don't ignore it.

 

Thinking:

As we think, we get these pieces from all different areas, subjects, things you've heard, read, experienced, observed and these pieces come together and form a picture. These pictures can connect with other pictures and create bigger pictures, allowing you to see more and giving you more insight. Sometimes, that bigger picture can be a revelation. So what are you filling your head with, what kind of pictures will your mind create? If we focus on things that are true, pure, holy, good, and If we renew our minds with the Word of God, then the pictures we create, will reveal truth, give us insight, lead us in righteousness.

Your thought patterns become Divine and supernatural.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”[a]But we have the mind of Christ.

  1. can plunge into the deep thoughts of God.

We come to the knowledge of God through revealed truth, rather than our experiences.

The bible calls on us to think, to reason. That is why the Bible is a book and not a movie or music video. Nothing to stimulate your emotions but the contemplation of truth.

What the Holy Spirit does in the new birth, is not to make a man a Christian regardless of the evidence, but on the contrary, to clear away the mists from his eyes and enable him to attend to the evidence. ( J. Gresham Machen "The Christian Faith in the Modern World").

True faith is not an irrational leap

Salvation is an intelligent response to Gods self revelation in scripture prompted by the Holy Spirit.

 

Examples of not thinking:

Blind support:

Political party-- I support this party because my parents do.

History--

Ignorance of facts-- The person believes what they want to believe regardless of facts.

Charismatic, attractive-- Do you support, believe, follow, praise and defend someone

because of their personality or looks instead of their character?

Are you quick to anger when someone hurts or offends you in some way or do you try

to Understanding others—possible reasons for their behavior.

 

Hitler

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

What luck for rulers that men do not think.

 

Biblical knowledge plus Holy Spirit = discernment

 

Proverbs 23:7 NKJV For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

"As a man thinks in his heart, so he will be".

So put your thoughts on what is good!

 

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

 

Thinking allows us to relate to God:

Isa 43:26 Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together' State your case, that you may be acquitted

Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together",

Says the Lord,

Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.