Checking My Brain At The Door

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As a follower of Jesus Christ I want to tell everyone about my faith.  Early in my “old is gone and new in Christ walk”  I experienced that “high” of a new relationship and was “hooked” on the feeling of being so in love with my Lord.  I still love Him of course, it is just that as a mature believer I know my relationship with God is more than a feeling and is grounded in fact.

However, this I also know – that many of those who interact with “Christians”  think that we are all about the “feel good” and that there is no basis, other than myth and emotion that gives is the reason for our faith and hope.

We are accused of checking our brains at the door, because a thinking person could not possibly believe the Bible, or that some guy rose from the dead or that there even is a God…after all, isn’t this world full of pain and tragedy?

How could a God, especially a good God allow that? It’s all about our God-given free will, but that is a topic for later discussion. 

However, when I was a sophomore in college I had to take a psychology class that required me to study Friedrich Nietzsche among many others. (DeCartes, Hume, Freud etc.). Nietzsche’s famous quote “Gott ist tot”  (God is Dead) has been atheists battle cry for centuries.

The Richard Dawkins quote above is another perfect example of this.  He is perhaps the most renowned 20th century atheist alive (only surpassed by Steven Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist at Cambridge University). However, both men espoused the same “intelligent” and high brow attitude toward people of faith, in particularly, Christians.  Dawkins is famous by his manifesto, The God Delusion and through his academic approach based on hypothesis and hyperbole, he has re-directed or reproached many, advising to take the “wide road” that leads away from personal faith in Jesus Christ and on to a destination of destruction.   His future meeting with God does not look bright unless by His grace, he turns and repents.

That said, this weekend I attended the opening of a movie that calls attention to the atheistic attacks on Christianity and offers well-thought out academic arguments that poke scientific holes into many of the arguments that have thus been presented against a divine creator.  See the review below:

God’s Not Dead, the movie, presents a college freshman (Josh Wheaton) and devout Christian who finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson.

The Professor begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.

Josh refuses the request, albeit politely and provokes an irate reaction from his professor. Since Josh refuses the assignment, his Professor decides to make him take on an assignment to prove to him and the class, that God is not dead.  

If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God?

In attending the movie, I went with 9 teenage young women who are believers as well. Interestingly, each of them described the impact it had on them too, with one of them texting me later and saying “this movie changed my life.”

Why?  Well because whether we are “cradle Christians” (those who grew up in the faith) or people who come to accept Christ as their Lord later in life (like me) – one day we ALL have to own our own faith.  We have to defend what we believe on the facts, not the feelings.

The Apostle James reminded of this as well when he wrote, that if we are double minded, we will be tossed around like a boat in a storm…we need to use our brains AND our hearts to understand the character of our God and WHY we believe what we do. I found that this movie helps in doing that, especially appropriate for young people getting ready to go on to higher education  – as they will face professors like the one in the movie. They will also be called on throughout life to defend their beliefs in fact – not feeling.

That said, I urge all to go see the movie, invite as many believers and non-believers as possible and be prepared and girded to have to some interesting and perhaps tough conversations afterward – and be sure NOT to check your big, beautiful GOD-made brain at the Door!

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Watch The Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90PWFEeRApA

Click God’s Not Dead– sung by the Newsboys

About setyourpathsstraight

It is my desire to serve God and others through writing; by proclaiming His goodness, provision and character in story form. Though I was not always a follower of Jesus Christ, I have experienced life changes that can only be a result of personally meeting Him. He is not a God of religion, but of relationship. I don't have the answers to life's challenges, but I know where to find them...only in God's Word can any of us stop following crooked paths. The month of my spiritual birthday, I read Proverbs 3:5-6 and claimed it as my life verse... "Trust in the Lord in all you do, lean not on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him.... and He will Set Your Paths Straight." Thank you for your visit today. Please come back again.
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6 Responses to Checking My Brain At The Door

  1. Pingback: Checking My Brain At The Door | set your paths straight

  2. ptl2010 says:

    At death’s door, each one of us will come face to face with the question – Is God dead or alive? Some will have time to answer. Others will walk into eternity with the premise they have held all their lives – and they would be dead forever.

    • There is a scene in the movie itself that makes this same point…without giving it away – it is toward the end when the “successful” son is speaking to his elderly and sick mother about “her God.” That scene sent chills up my spine and tears to my eyes. Thanks as always for the opportunity to write on your blog. 😉

  3. Steven Sawyer says:

    Excellent post. And I WILL go see this movie. All my friends who have seen it are raving about it. Thank you for sharing about your faith and your perspective.

    • Thanks Steven. I am happy to say that both showings were sold out the night I went. It is easy for “us” to agree with it’s message, that the gospel is good news for everyone, but I am so anxious that others who dont know Jesus see it too. Time is short for us all, one way or the other, and my heart literally hurts for those who do not know the joy and freedom of loving and living for Jesus. Hope you bring like 10 people with you! You go man. 🙂

  4. Steven Sawyer says:

    Reblogged this on For His Glory and commented:

    I have not seen God’s Not Dead. But I will. All my friends who have seen it have raved about it and encouraged me to see it. I believe this post from ChristianBlessings makes some points to ponder about our relationship with God. I wanted to share it here.

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