How NOT to Love God With the Mind

 To become intellectually impotent and irrelevant as a follower of Jesus Christ, copy at least one of the following attitudes and behaviors:

Naive attitude: Some are blissfully unaware or ignorant by choice.

Curious but uncommitted: Many want intellectual entertainment, but are unwilling to discipline their minds or submit to programmatic learning.

Committed but undisciplined: Many view learning like a cafeteria and consume what is appealing, rather than what is nutritional.

Intellectual pride: Some think they know enough already or that they know best the path to knowledge.

Consumer approach: Some “shop” for knowledge, learning formats, and instructors that conform to their “buying” preferences. When study becomes difficult or boring, they take their “business” elsewhere.

Laziness: Some are not willing to pay the price of learning and self-discipline. They learn only what is interesting or easiest.

Triviality: Some are conditioned by inconsequential chatter through social media, so they are not prepared to read, write, or reflect deeply.

Passivity: Some fulfill the role assigned to them by society intellectual simplicity, private religiosity, and subjective spirituality.

Sacred-secular dichotomy: Some embrace modern secularism that declares spirituality and worldview are just private and personal, and only useful for Sunday at church.

Social obstacles: Many are distracted by the demands of culture (sports, parties, family).

Anti-intellectualism: Some resist study and reflection because their religious tradition minimizes the need for theology or thinking.

Fundamentalism: Some resist study due to “separation” from the world and do not interact with culture or worldview.

Capitulation: Some embrace the postmodern narrative and myth of progressthe past is irrelevant, authority is questionable, and every perspective is equally valid.

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