Why is it important for a Christian to use their mind?


Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

We literally make our Lord's day when we study and glorieth not in our wisdom, but His.

1Corinthians 1:3 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

And Paul affirmed this not once, but twice!

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Why is it important for a Christian to put forth the effort to use his/her mind, to purposely think about things, to discipline the use of the mind?

A reasoned and reflective faith that is able to give answers to doubts and perceived problems will increase one's faith, hope, and love for and in the Lord. A disciplined mind will be able to react and retain information all the better. Contrary to a popular misconception, I believe Christians should be more intellectual than their secular peers to challenge a secular society regarding their beliefs and ideology. As Christians we should love God with our minds as well as our hearts­for our minds are also His Gift unto us. Let us then use our minds to glorify Him that giveth such a wonderful gift.


Eric Landstrom

See also: Systematic Theology, the Divine Comedy

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