Thinking and Religion Don’t Mix


In the end times man will turn away from sound doctrine and many will also turn away from their faith. I want you to know that it is possible to be analytical and exercise your spirituality.

The heading of this column is from a new scientific study published in the Los Angeles Times. I would venture a guess the scientist and a few of the student subjects of this study were more than likely secular humanists, with little Bible knowledge and no spiritual experience. They have announced their findings as follows;

“Analytical thought tends to drown out faith,” the researcher revealed and proves it with the following example from the student tests . . . just for the fun of it, try this:

“A baseball-glove and a ball cost $1.10 total. The glove costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much is the ball?” (I will give you the answer later.) If you answered ten cents – try again before you move on!

Scientists have long believed that analytical thinking can override one’s intuitive (spiritual) responses, and studies have shown that religion (spiritual truth) is rooted in intuitive thought.

Actually your thinking process is a spiritual communication center.

Canadian researcher Will Gervais set out to see if analytical thought could override religion, the L.A. Times reports. First, he gave a group of students a test whose questions were designed to have an intuitive-but-wrong answer and a correct answer requiring deeper thought.

“Scientists have revealed one of the reasons why some folks are less religious than others: They think more analytically, rather than going with their gut. And thinking analytically can cause religious belief to wane — for skeptics and true believers alike.”

Now a dose of truth . . . Analytical thought requiring brain action is a physical, worldly action. Those who think they are more physical than spiritual are double minded and cannot receive or understand the things of God.

What the scientist refers to as a “gut reaction” is following your spiritual leading. We may be in this world but we are not of it. This world needs to understand that we are a spirit – only living in a physical body for a short time. The things of this world are temporal. The things of the spirit are eternal. You better go with your gut feeling instead of trusting in your own wisdom.

2 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” So we are to live by faith in God. We are to make major decisions in light of who He is, not by how smart we think we are.

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