Tonight I heard one of our esteemed educational elites say, "We don't teach people what to think. We teach people how to think."
I couldn't disagree more with that statement. I am glad that I have had people teach me what to think. They have taught me the Scriptures, by which we think God's thoughts after Him. They have filled my mind with the Truth as it is revealed by God Himself. From Scripture we learn the truth about God, man, creation, salvation, work, education, art, commerce, government, and every other subject under the sun.
Scripture is not just there to guide our thoughts, it is there to fill our thoughts and be the substance of what we think, do, and say.
Beyond that, we cannot understand how to think if we do not know what to think (i.e. biblical doctrine). He who does not know the scripture, is described as a "fool." And for good reason! His mind runs off into shameless folly and all kinds of absurdity.
Ethically, he is hapless and blind. His thinking is debauched and he will steal, kill, and enslave. Theologically he will invent or follow whims of any spectacular imagination.
All in all, his critical thinking skills are lost. As Isaiah condemns the idolators of his day and mocks their train of thought: They worship what has eyes, but cannot see; they've forged it from wood, and also made their dinner from the same. In sum, their powers of rationality are broken and utterly debased.
Truth is only found in Christ and logic is an outgrowth of His nature. They cannot be divorced, inverted, or reversed.
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