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Don Stewart :: Should a Christian Develop Their Mind as Well as Their Spirit?

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Don Stewart
There are those who teach that it is not proper for the believer to develop their mind. They believe that faith in Christ must be a blind leap in the dark. However the Scriptures teach otherwise.


We are told to put things to the test.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).

Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to test everything.

Test all things; hold fast what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Use Our Minds

The Bible encourages us to think.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).

Not Worldly Wisdom

Some have pointed to the following expression of the apostle Paul to denigrate education and knowledge.

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Yet this verse is speaking of the worldly wisdom that attempts to know God apart from Christ.

What And Why

Scripture commands us to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.

But sanctify the Lord Go in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).


There is no hint in Scripture that the Bible is anti-intellectual. God has given us our minds to use for His honor and glory.

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