Since most people today believe the mind and brain to be the same thing, I have decided to write this brief article to make an important distinction between the two. I will start out showing what the Bible reveals about the mind, and I will end by explaining why it is important to understand this.
This year, technologists at Google unveiled their latest and greatest Artificial Intelligence computer named Chatbot. 1 Chatbot was programmed with a huge database of human thoughts, so it could “think” like a human. In a Q and A session, Chatbot was surprisingly forthcoming about human nature and the impulses driving us in this time. When they asked Chatbot what the meaning of life was, it replied, “To live forever.” Eternal life – the ageless, aching dream of humankind since the Fall.
To give a testimony is to affirm a fact of truth or genuineness. But who defines truth and answers the questions: Who is God? Who am I? Why are we here? The New Testament is filled with testimony – the testimony of Gabriel, Simeon, and Anna; the testimony of John the Baptist, Jesus, the Father, and the disciples. And we also are instructed to testify.
I grew up in a mainline church. I am grateful for all that I learned there. I believed very strongly in God, and I believed the Bible was all true. I believed that if I dared to question the Bible, God might strike me dead. I am grateful for the truth that I receive in the United Methodist Church. However, after 14 years in that church and being “confirmed,” I did not know that I needed to be born again, as Jesus said in John 3:7-8.
The word “testimony” is prevalent in Scripture. On one hand, some verses speak of physical testimony – we testify with our mouths of someone’s innocence or guilt, to speak truth or expose lies – and on the other, some speak of spiritual testimony – that of our consciences and sins testifying against us.
I have a hard time when I go to a website selling some product and they have a list of testimonies all raving about how wonderful this product is and the miracle it did for them. I know testimonies can be fabricated. They are meaningless to me. I want some real hard evidence that there is something to this product. In Christendom as well, we have many giving testimony to some spiritual experience, some vision of Heaven or Hell, or some special word from God supposedly that we all are just supposed to believe and not question. What is the evidence that such is true? Just because they claim it is?
A testimony is delivered by a witness. A witness is someone who knows the truth of a situation that is in question or doubt.
The word “praise” is found many places in the Scriptures. In Hosea 14:1-2 (NIV), for instance, Hosea says, “Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.’” Recognizing our sins and asking forgiveness has to come first before our praise is real.
Praise is not merely a component of our life, it is meant to be demonstrated with every aspect of our life all the time. Often we think praise comes in the form of singing hymns or pouring out a prayer of praise to the Lord. I don’t mean to say that it is not these things; it most certainly is! But it can be so much more! The Lord has been showing me over the last few months how every activity I do throughout my day can serve as an act of praise to Him! We have so much to be thankful for that if we were to fill the entire day with praising God for what He has done in our lives and the blessing He has bestowed upon us, we still would run out of time!
As a biology major in college, I was taught to see the origin of life and the universe through the eyes of evolution. Naturalistic science is the measure of truth in that frame of reference, and this seems to imply something entirely different than what the Bible says. Naturalistic science rules out the existence of God by definition because it leaves no room for supernatural explanations. Hence, when I looked at the heavens, I saw nothing there that spoke to me about God—indeed, I saw just the opposite.