Not too long ago, a man who forsook the belief of his fathers as well as his own youth said: "belief is not something I can choose. It begins with the paradigm I inherited, and is adjusted by the evidence I encounter. I think that learning and critical thinking will always endanger our beliefs, because if we are honest, our beliefs will adjust by what we see to be true. If we are intellectually lazy, or not honest with ourselves, or stubborn, our beliefs will drift with the current of social validation. I am surprised to recognize that so many people choose to believe untenable things, in spite of overwhelming evidence." This man has fallen for the mistaken idea that belief is bogus and intellect and critical thinking by what we see with our eyes is supreme. He is wrong. Here's why.
When Jesus turned water into wine, what kind of critical thinking could explain it, so that it not only LOOKED like wine, but tasted the best as any wine ever did?
John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom [and said] "but thou hast kept the good wine until now."
The critical thinker would say, no, the wine was already there and was obvious misplaced and Jesus never did any such miracle. The explanation would be to deny the miracle. They begin to deny the Christ. They have to deny the sacred scriptures too. That is such a huge step when there is so much proof that they are true.
ANCHORS of FAITH are what keep me going, and help prevent me from apostasizing myself. If I didn't have so many miracles in my life, personal miracles from personal prayer, answers to prayer, and amazing "just in time" blessings in answer to prayer, healings, protections, etc., then I might be like so many who can forsake these blessings and call it "emancipation" from the oppressions of religion. But I have ANCHORS, many tethers to real miracles in my life and those around me which are securely connected to the boat of my faith and belief... keeping it stable in the storms of life that I be not tossed about with every wind of doctrine or every wind of scientific theory parading dogmatically as fact... seeking to debunk miracles and Bible stories... winds that are based on the very limited human knowledge of bigger picture things... like a little child picking up an ant or a bug and looking at it, observing it. That's really all we do in science: OBSERVE and make conclusions and sometimes a renowned scientist or group of scientists make a declaration about how the earth came to be, and like a magicians trick, the audience (non scientists) see the performance and wonder and say, must be real, I saw it with my own eyes, people listen to renowned scientists and say "must be true, I can't argue with the expert scientist even though what he says complete contradicts the story in the Bible."
Eyes can be deceived, even in a science experiment. But we should know better than to merely trust in people or the arm of flesh, they may be right, or wrong, but our ruler to measure should be the Holy Spirit of God. We know when we watch a magician perform, that somewhere along the line they have pulled a deception and illusion of some sort, a slight of hand, a swift movement, a mirror to help here and there, and the little kids believe it anyway because they are not critical thinkers. We LACK critical thinkers in this world when it comes to the knowledge of man versus the scriptures of God. We assume just because it has been in play as "fact" for a long time, its real. FLAT EARTH comes to mind.
Wouldn't it be better to be on the inside of revelations and receive the inspiration and knowledge that the scriptures are indeed TRUE and that it is these things that should be the benchmark against which all other things should be judged?
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