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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Develop the Christian Attitude ~ Christian Thinking

SOCT Paper 119

Develop the Christian Attitude ~ Christian Thinking

The true Worldwide Church of God continues to teach all true Christians how to “think like Christ”. We cover the Christian thought process in our studies, “The Science of Christian Thought”. Here I would like to show you just a portion of how Christians gain stability through strong and proper faith in the One true God. ~

Reactions and true action to all events occurs in the mind before it occurs any place else. God has called His true children to win the spiritual battle of maintaining a correct mental attitude before anything else. We have covered in other studies the fact that only those who have gone through true conversion and have the Holy Spirit are able to have the strength to properly begin this process. If we think right, God’s righteousness, all else will be right....which is to say, all shall be properly received and developed in Christian Reality. ~

The Bible proclaims: “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” [Proverbs 23:7] We must learn to look at things from God’s point of view [Christian Thinking]. How did God’s ancient people react to apparent danger? ~

“They were sore afraid.” The Bible tells us “perfect love casteth out all fear” [1 John 4:18]. If God’s people truly love God “with all their heart” they would trust and not be seized with fear. We read that all the old patriarchs “trusted God” and “listened to God” and were “obedient to God”. We must learn from their examples. Especially in times of trouble can we learn to trust God and draw close to Him.  Many who claim to be Christian today do not know how to draw close to God because their fallen denominations are not teaching them the fact that true Christianity involves a NEW WAY OF THINKING! ~

It truly amazes me how many so called Christians have no true solid doctrinal foundation when it comes to their beliefs in Jesus Christ. The Worldwide Church of God [COGSR/SOCT] has always taught Christians proper theology and has grounded Christian students in the Word of God. In this article I will talk about the human mind and discuss what it means to be a Christian Critical Thinker. ~

Sadly, many who once claimed Christianity as their faith have turned to to their fallen selves and accepted the Fallen Matrix because they felt unsatisfied with their Christian understanding. Jesus told us that we would “never thirst again” if we studied His word. [John 4:13] God’s word is rich with deep understanding. [Daniel 2:22] The problem is with all the false denominationalism. False theology has left people spiritually dry. The teachings of WCG (SOCT) theology agree with sound science. ~

"It is a time to come together as fellow beings, creations of Divine Intelligence. It is time to heal and accept each others shortcomings. Let us walk together in the unity of Divine Compassion." ~ Sir Eric William King

Learning how to Think

First off, what does it mean to “think”? When we look at all the psychological definitions for thinking we find many answers, some conflict with others. Most might call it “mental activity’ which is very vague. The Bible would define thinking as a deliberate exploration of experience for a purpose. [Romans 1:20] Many do not realize it but they are seeking for purpose in everything that they do. This can lead to the idea or fact of proper information when deciding things; a base or static truth which all else is compared to; a foundation. ~

Thinking is also based on intelligence. People’s intelligence acts on their experience. Some may argue that perfect information would make thinking unnecessary. This is to take information to the extreme. We can know facts but that certainly doesn’t stop people from thinking. The Bible proclaims the fact of One Truth, an absolute Truth. The Bible proclaims that only God has absolute Truth and understanding of all things. [Proverbs 3:5-6] God has given us revelation of Himself through His word. God wants us to think! Scientists might proclaim the fact that all that “is” cannot be understood by mans little brain. The Bible agrees. However, enough can be understood to develop proper relationship with the ONE TRUTH and the personality of an intelligent God. ~

Christians approach everything by a proper understanding of God’s word. What is a proper understanding of God’s word? The Bible proclaims that only those who have the Holy Spirit can truly and properly understand God’s word. Christian comprehension of truth relies on intervention from God himself. [Philippians 2:5] In this article I will rely on God’s Holy Spirit to articulate the meaning of Truth in human thinking. [1 Corinthians 1:18] From this perspective I cannot prove to anybody what I am saying is true. I must rely on the Holy Spirit. [Proverbs 3:5-6] This approach is from a factual understanding of static or absolute Truth from God himself. Only those who are called of God and or who have the Holy Spirit shall comprehend. [Romans 8:16] ~

As Christians we are commanded to “prove all things”. [1 Thessalonians 5:21] We do this by testing our thinking against what the Word of God proclaims. [Acts 17:11] I have studied many religions and philosophical ideas but without a foundation to base it all on I am simply “blown here and there by every wind of doctrine”. [Ephesians 4:14] God is not the author of confusion. [1 Corinthians 14:33] The Bible asks us to use our intellectual capabilities but to keep them in ‘check’ with absolute and revealed revelation from God. Christian thinking is therefore a disciplined practice. [James 4:10]  It goes against conventional ideas of thinking. [1 Corinthians 1:25] This does not mean we cannot be critical in our thinking. As a matter of fact Christians are more critical in their thinking process than other people who are not Christian. Christians can look at what is called “the bigger picture”. They can learn to broaden their scope when looking at an issue. Where this becomes a paradoxical issue is in the idea of error-free thinking. Many can listen to what you are saying and then try and find a logical error. But based on whose logic? [Colossians 2:8] ~

In all of this we must develop true compassion. First you must take in "sound doctrine" before you can "live" and "think" as a true Christian. SOCT offers you the pure doctrine to begin your journey. You must use sound logic and spiritual intuition. Spiritual intuition is developed through proper doctrine and practices. ~

Logical thinking in and of itself is only based on mans five physical faculties. With only these limited tools man can come up with numerous if not infinitesimal amounts of conclusions to even simple questions. Please do not misunderstand me, God wants us to be creative but not without His static revealed truth as the foundation. There is no error in God’s understanding. God has given His children solid and foundational blocks of absolute truth. All of mans understanding should be built around these blocks! Jesus himself being the “chief cornerstone”. [Ephesians 2:20] ~

As Christians we are commanded to be very careful on how we build! [1 Corinthians 3:11-15] ~

~ Sir Eric W. King

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