Loving God with our minds
by Wesley Huff
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock (101)
My journey of faith included a lot of thinking about what I believed and why I believed it. I often wondered about whether the things my parents had raised me to believe were even true. I knew many people who believed all sorts of different things; I knew Muslims, Mormons, agnostics, atheists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. They were all very sincere, but I knew that we could not all be right. I knew that I could be sincere but be sincerely wrong, just as much as anybody else. A good portion of my journey was trying to navigate and sift through all of these different worldview narratives. I could just ignore that voice in my head and try to stifle the questions about meaning, existence, and an afterlife. It actually wasn’t hard to do; apathy is not chore. In fact, it is a very comfortable fallback. Though I tried, there was always the occasional nagging question that would arise.
One day in church I heard someone quote Jesus saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). That was not something new to Jesus’ audience; he was actually quoting Deuteronomy 6. But all of a sudden, it seemed new to me. It begged the question, what does it mean to love God with my mind?
In order to understand what it does mean, it is important that we understand what it doesn’t. Loving God with your mind is not a passive experience. It is not simply having thoughts about God. Rather, it is coming to conclusions about God through His revelation, based on examination, and thoughtful consideration…