We found a new article by Jason Lisle — the creationist astrophysicist who used to be employed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry. For reasons which have never been explained, he left AIG a couple of years ago to become director of whatever it is that they call research at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Ooops — we just noticed that ICR has changed Jason’s title. He’s now described as their “Director of Physical Sciences.”
We know you remember Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper. That was Jason’s solution to the Distant Starlight problem. The problem — for young-earth creationists — is that the light we see from distant sources required literally billions of years to reach earth, yet the creationist’s universe is only 6,000 years old.
Now, at the ICR website, Jason tells us how to improve our minds. Isn’t that fantastic? You might consider this a supplement to something we wrote a few years ago: AIG’s Jason Lisle Tells Us How To Think. His new essay is titled Higher Thoughts. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his numerous bible references omitted:
The television show Limitless [which we’ve never seen] explores the fiction of unlocking the full potential of the human mind through medication. In the story, a miracle pill named NZT-48 supposedly allows the brain to work at superhuman efficiency, giving the user perfect recall and leaps of intuitive insight. In reality, there is no magical smart-pill. But there are ways to improve our thinking.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] How can we improve our thinking? Here it comes:
To understand this issue, we need to go back to Genesis.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
God created humanity, both our physical form and our immaterial spirit. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that the brain is remarkably well-designed and surpasses anything that humans have created. Somehow our mind — the seat of our consciousness — is able to use the synapses of the brain to draw inferences and conclusions. Indeed, our ability to reason is one aspect of our having been made in the image of God.
That sounds reasonable. Jason continues:
But we don’t always reason correctly. When Adam rebelled against his Creator, the Lord cursed the earth. This has resulted in disease, suffering, and ultimately death. The human mind did not escape the effects of the Curse. Our inability — and in many cases our unwillingness — to reason correctly is caused, either directly or indirectly, by the effects of the Fall. In some cases, the brain itself is the problem. It may not function as originally designed due to mutations or disease. But more often the problem is not with the brain but rather with the way we use it.
Ah yes, like everything else, our faulty thinking is because of Adam & Eve. Here’s more:
[W]hat we choose to fill up our mind is often the root of our faulty reasoning rather than any problem with the brain itself. Like King David, do you meditate daily upon God’s Word, filling your mind with truth? Or do you spend most of your time installing the malware of the world?
Well, dear reader? What kind of worldly trash do you put into your mind? Moving along:
Sinners do not think like God, and their ways are not God’s ways. Such rebellion displeases the Lord and destroys the individual. God designed our minds to operate within a biblical worldview. They cannot and will not function consistently and reliably with any other worldview. We are supposed to base our thinking and our ways upon God’s thoughts and God’s ways as revealed in God’s Word. Anything else is “shifting sand.”
Is Jason’s message sinking in, dear reader? Are you starting to realize how sinfully you have been thinking? Another excerpt:
The Lord reminds us in [scripture reference] that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts above our thoughts and His ways above our ways. We can’t ever reach God’s level of thinking, but we can, by God’s grace, learn to reason correctly — in a way that is consistent with His nature.
How? How can we do it? Jason explains that in his final paragraph:
If you want to reason properly, if you want your brain to work as well as it possibly can, then study God’s Word. Don’t just passively read it. Study it. Memorize it. Meditate on it. This has benefit in this life and for all eternity, for our thinking ability as well as our spiritual growth.
So there you are, dear reader. Now go, and do as Jason advises. Then you too can think as well as he does.
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