John Pearrell

In a number of different places, the Apostle Paul makes some comments that are so offensive to modern men. Namely, he states that mankind, apart from God’s Spirit working in them, is incapable of clear thinking. That doesn’t mean that people apart from Christ can’t be smart, but it does mean that people apart from Christ are incapable of seeing certain things clearly.

We could argue this point all day. According to the Apostle Paul the reason for this problem is not intellectual superiority but moral deformity caused by sin. In fact, in one place he says that such people “suppress the truth by their wickedness,” (Romans 1:18, NIV84). That is, their moral depravity leads them to find intellectual arguments against truth claims.

I get it that there are those reading this who doubt that anything recorded in the Bible could possibly be true. You think it is ancient ideas written by unenlightened people. I remember being in a religion class at the University of Pittsburgh. Now, when I was a student, I was pretty good at writing papers. From high school all the way through my PhD dissertation I always got A’s on my papers — all except for this class at Pitt where the highest grade I ever received on a paper was a D-minus. The professor never would tell me why, and he would never meet with me. Finally, after one paper in which we were evaluating the work of Albert Camus, he let me know the problem. Remember, this is a religion class and our professor was an Episcopal priest. He wrote, “When you use Scripture you cease to be academic, D minus”).

The Greek Philosopher Plato wrote, “Atheism is a disease of the soul before it becomes an error of understanding.” He is essentially saying the same thing Paul says in Romans 1:18. What often passes today as intellectual acuity is often nothing more than thinly veiled smokescreens for immoral desires.

One of the best examples of this is found in Aldous Huxley who wrote in his book, “Ends and Means.” “I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed it had none, and was able without difficulty to find satisfying reasons for that assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in a way they find most advantageous to themselves ... For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.” That is Romans 1 being worked out in life.

Our objection to Scripture is not intellectual, it is moral: we simply want the freedom to do as we want. We don’t want to be answerable to anyone. The problem is, when we follow this course our ability to think clearly is compromised.

I believe in Creation. Those who believe in evolution immediately dismiss me as being uneducated. In fact, the evolutionary lie is so ingrained in our thinking today that for most anyone who dares challenges it is immediately censored. Teachers on all levels have lost their jobs over it.

If I were to suggest that the computer I am writing this article on is a marvelous example of time and chance, you would think I was a few bricks shy of a load. However, when I look at the universe and assume that it is a marvelous example of time and chance, you think me scientifically astute. Why? Because modern man without Christ is incapable of real rational thought.

Dr. John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington. For more information, visit www.gatewaycommunity.org or email john.pearrell@gatewaycommunity.org.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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