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Friday, March 11 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Make up your mind

On Wednesday I said that the search for your certitude couldn't rely on your heart, because the Bible says it's deceitful; nor can you even depend on your god, unless you test your presuppositions to ascertain that "your" god is not one of your own creation rather than the God who created you. To this, a reader responded that I failed to discuss the mind, and asked if we can depend on our minds. I hadn't used the word "mind" in discussing this search for truth because the whole context of the two preceding pieces was the thought processes involved in the search for truth and right. It didn't occur to me that "thought processes" could possibly be separated from the mind. But what's obvious to the writer, I've found through a lifetime of writing, often eludes the reader.

After my initial reaction that the reader's question lacked substance, I realized that if the point escaped the comprehension of one reader literate enough to react to the article, it must have, at the least, lacked clarity. Maybe I'd failed to convey the point that no one's mind is infallible; what affects and infects the "heart" also may be working to mislead or fool the mind. The whole point of all the articles on theoretical thinking the past year has been to advocate rebuilding our minds from their foundation up, but perhaps somewhere in the verbiage that point became lost or faded.

Our everyday language has a handful of colorful and sometimes playful idioms regarding our minds:

"I have a good mind to—...."

"Do you mind?"

"Mind your P's and Q's."

"The mind is a terrible thing to waste."

"Make up your mind."

The last one is understood idiomatically without controversy so far as I know. It means "come to your decision now, please." "Get with the program." "Get on board." "Stop stalling." But if we compare it with similar idioms like "make your bed" or "make up your face," its suggests several ambiguities. And these other senses of "make up" fit with my point above that the crux of thinking theoretically is to rebuild our minds from the foundation up. That means: challenge all your presuppositions. Test your gods or God. Ask the hard questions and don't give up with simplistic answers. Examine every aspect of every issue, and don't assume that the first aspect that reaches your senses (like one body part of an elephant being examined by a blind researcher, for example) is the whole of the matter, but press on to examine the other aspects or clues.

The Bible treats the mind from many angles, but some of St. Paul's declarations about it are among the most pertinent to today's discussion. I close with three of his best known references to mankind's cogitative faculty:

“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” [Isaiah 40:13] But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

The mind of sinful man [or mind set on the flesh] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6).

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

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Irish jokes

Two Irishmen were out shooting ducks. One took aim and hit a bird, which tumbled out of the sky to land at his feet. "Ah, you should have saved the bullet," said the other. "The fall would have killed him, anyway."

Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today

Christian one-liners:
God himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

Sent by Carl Essex   

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