Critical Thinking – Processing Information

The brain is like your tool box or like a file cabinet. As you go through life you store information in your tool box. You store your experiences in your tool box. Then when presented with a question or a problem, your mind ( your thinking process ) goes to your tool box searching for the proper tool to answer the question or solve the problem. But what if the tool needed is not there?

When we struggle with certain “sins” or are not sure about a teaching or “doctrine” it is because we have not found out how to process specific information relating to that “sin” or doctrine or issue. It is not that the information is incorrect (although it could be), but the information could be slanted, corrupted, biased or incomplete. But the answer is in how the information is processed and that is where critical thinking skills come in to play. Remember, the brain is the tool, a toolbox and the mind is what processes the information. The mind can not process the information correctly if the information is slanted, biased, wrong or corrupted. Paul the apostle addresses this in –

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV  “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
[4] For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him .”

The serpent, Satan, subtilty (refinement and slyness), corrupted Eve’s mind. The way Eve processed information was corrupted. Eve knew what God said because of Adam. Yet, Eve chose to disobey. Eve processed the information differently even though she knew what God said. Why? Because the serpent refined what God said and twisted it and fed Eve’s toolbox wrong information. So Eve’s critical thinking (how she processed the information) was corrupted. The same happens today. We are fed information from the world. People twist information causing others to believe a lie.

We know Satan was in the Garden of Eden and we know he was around at the time of Jesus because he entered Judas Iscariot and Paul is talking about him to the church and he is around at the end in Revelation. Satan’s methods are the same, to corrupt the way you process information – another words, corrupt your mind.

We are all given the same information about God through his word. Yet some process that information differently, why? Critical thinking skills force you to focus. That means you can control your thoughts. You decide if you will entertain that thought.

People who have been “indoctrinated”  can not explain why they believe what they believe. They can not answers questions about their belief and they do not understand any evidence for or against what they believe, they just believe what was told to them from people, governments, government run schools, religious people and parents. They do not know critical thinking skills and sadly, many millennials have been indoctrinated.

People with critical thinking skills look at all the evidence – for and against a particular teaching. They research the issue and eventually come to a conclusion. And they can explain WHY they believe what they believe. But there is a danger here too. What if some evidence comes along that makes you question your conclusion? If you do not examine the evidence, you risk falling into “indoctrination”.

God’s wisdom is infinite. Mankind can never figure God out.  Believers risk having their “mind” corrupted if they close the door on God teaching them new things, through his word and the Holy Spirit. This is the warfare believers fight along with the world’s teachings.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV  “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
[4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
[5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

When believers have an issue or a sin they are trying to settle,  the key to settling the matter is their thought process, their mind. It is not the information itself, but how they are processing the information. And as Paul says in the above verses, the process is corrupted by:
Imaginations
Knowledge
Thoughts
Another words, what we think we know about something and how we process that information keeps us bound in “strong holds” , in lies, in sin, in wrong information. And it is Satan messing with your thought process because Satan wants to control your thought life so he can get you to fail, get you to get it wrong. Why? Because he is in a battle against God and if he can get God’s people to screw up he can accuse them. Psalm 143:3 KJV  “For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.”

Your mind is how you process information. Your mind is part of your soul. There are over 95 verses on your mind in scripture and about 50 of them in the New Testament. Paul makes it very, very clear, it is in the mind where the battles are won or lost.

When a person really gets saved, their spirit man is made alive or quickened unto God (John 3:3-6) but it is their soul that gets saved 1 Peter 1:8-9 KJV
  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
[9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Leviticus 17:11 KJV  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

Psalm 19:7 KJV. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

Your soul includes your mind – the way you process information, information from the world and information from God. Until next time.

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