A Little Different – A Critical Thinking Quiz

Last time, in our post,  Is Passing The Torch Possible we looked at how Baby Boomers were the last generation taught “critical thinking” skills in public schools. We explained how Millennials have been indoctrinated into certain ideologies and not taught critical thinking skills. We also explained the methodology of “critical thinking”, not the skill.

Remember,  the methodology of “critical thinking ” is present both sides of an issue honestly and fairly. Students would have to think for themselves. They would have to weigh the evidence for each teaching and apply critical thinking skills to come to a conclusion and be able to present a compelling case for their conclusion.

What would be the best way to examine our beliefs? Our conclusions about specific issues? Yes, testing our critical thinking skills. We know the method to test our critical thinking skills – to examine both sides of an issue fairly and come to a conclusion and be able to present a compelling case for our conclusion. But how do we do this? Lots of people look at evidence and come to different conclusions, why?

Do you believe in evolution or creation and why? Do you believe in “global warming” and why? Why do 50% of all marriages end in divorce? Will God take everyone to heaven and why? Are you broke and why? Are you a good parent and why?

We have to ask ourselves why we believe what we believe. Have we been indoctrinated or can we make a compelling case, with evidence to support our belief? An example. Many people have been indoctrinated in to believing in “global warming” and people use for evidence, fossil fuels. They claim “greenhouse gases” increase. What is a greenhouse?  Oh wait, that is critical thinking.

Many claim these gases are methane. Do you know where methane comes from? Farting is a key. Cows and animals and humans expel methane when they fart. People claim these gases are causing our ocean temperatures to rise. One problem with that theory. Under the crust of the earth is molten lava. And those who measure temperatures  under the earth’s crust have been writing, the molten lava is warming up. So how is farting in the air warming hot lava under the crust of the earth? Volcanoes have erupted for hundreds of years, before automobiles.

And instead of looking at all the evidence, fairly and honestly so one could apply critical thinking skills, people are indoctrinated into ideologies, not facts. So governments set up laws against fossil fuels. But what about God and spiritual matters? How does critical thinking apply to God and the scriptures?

God created man from the dust of the ground, giving man an earthly body, Genesis 2:7 KJV  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

The breath of life is our “spirit man”, see our previous posts on the spirit man. And man became a living soul. What is your soul? Your mind, your will and your emotions. (Again, see our previous posts). And what ties these three together? What ties your spirit, your soul and your body together? The heart. If the heart is not working, you’re dead.
The heart is like the energy.

You can have a car but without a motor or energy to move the car, the car can not move. Look at a bicycle. What is the energy? Not the wheels. Just because a bicycle has wheels, it can not move until you have someone pedal. Because I am a musician, let me use a piano example.

You see, our soul, our mind, will and emotions, has a brain. Our soul has a mind and a brain. Our mind does the thinking. Our brain is what we think with. Our brain is the instrument or tool we use. So someone with brain damage means someone has a tool that has been damaged. Can they still use their damaged tool? Yes.

A piano is a tool. There are different kinds of pianos,  spinets  (36″-39″ tall), consoles (taller), grand pianos. The piano represents the tool, the brain. The piano player is the mind. The energy.

Scripture says, regarding the saved, true believers, 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

We have the “mind” of Christ. Remember, the mind does the thinking, the brain is the tool to think with. The mind is the energy. The force. And what ties all of this together? The heart. So if the heart changes, the mind can change, whether for good or evil. And if the mind changes, the heart changes.
Don’t forget, it is the soul, the mind, will and emotions that go to heaven or hell.

Which brings me to a “critical thinking quiz”. Scripture tells us we are in a battle. We fight warfare. So here is a quiz. Using critical thinking skills, answer the quiz.

Who are we in a battle with?
Why are we in that battle?
How did we enter the battle?
How does our enemy attack us?
What specific area of our being is attacked and how is it attacked?
How do we fight back?
Can we win this battle?
What weapons do we use in this battle?
How often are we in this battle?

And use critical thinking skills. We will pick it up from here next time. Until next time.

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