Thursdays With Oswald—The Thinking Of A Christian And An Atheist

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Oswald ChambersThe Thinking Of A Christian And An Atheist 

     All scientific finds have at one time been modern. Science is simply man’s attempt to explain what he knows.

     …I can explain the world outside me by thinking; then if I can explain the world outside me by my mind, there must have been a Mind that made it. That is logical, simple and clear; consequently atheism is what the Bible calls it, the belief of a fool. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 53:1). An atheist is one who says, “I can explain by my mind to a certain extent what things are like outside, but there is not a mind behind that created them.” 

     …We [Christians] have no business to be ignorant about the way God created the world, or to be unable to discern “the arm of the Lord” behind things. 

     …If we [Christians] will bring our thinking into captivity to the Holy Spirit, we form what is termed “Nous.” Nous is a Greek word meaning responsible intelligence. Whenever we get to this point of responsible intelligence, we have come to a sure line of thinking. Until the nous is formed in natural life and in spiritual life, we get at things by intuition, by impulse, but there is no responsible intelligence. …We have not only to be good lovers of God, but good thinkers, and it is along this line that we can “try the spirits whether they are of God.” 

From Biblical Psychology

Christians—above anyone else—should be first-rate thinkers, because we have a natural mind AND the Holy Spirit. We should constantly study, read, discuss, debate, and meditate to sharpen our thinking. The Holy Spirit will stimulate our thinking along the right lines, but we have to put some thoughts into our minds first!

“We have not only to be good lovers of God, but good thinkers.”

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