Feeling at a loss for being able to do well on a proficiency exam of Godly thought, I began to wonder what course of study would you have to undertake if you were to enroll (matriculate) in God’s School? Or, maybe some courses on "bone-head" Godly thought? What would it take to gain His certification of “a workman who needs not to be ashamed?” (II Timothy 2:15) I think I'd like that cert!
It seems to me that you would need a Godly logic within which to reason, a foundational knowledge base to reason with in order to gain insight and wisdom. Foundational to the knowledge base would be the logic, the system of thought that would determine your thinking pattern; create the parameters within which you would shuffle and connect the discrete pieces of knowledge. The rules of this logic would determine how you reason. Finally, you would need practical exercises to develop expertise (flexibility, agility, and strength of mind and spirit). Holy Spirit seems to be the one mentoring us through these practicums.
Every system of thought, every form of logic has its “a priori”—the self-evident propositions, or its underlying assumption and its “givens.” For Christians the “a priori” is that there is a God and that He is Who He says He is. The Word of God, the Scriptures, is eternal in nature, and the final source by which to validate our statements.
The process of determining the givens, the principles of God is an exercise that develops flexibility and agility of thought that develops strength of mind and spirit. Each one of us needs to develop these qualities so that when (not if) we are asked for the reasons for our faith, and when (not if) we are brought before authorities and compelled to be God’s witness, that we do not collapse and deny our Lord.
to search out a matter is the glory of
substitute “men” and “women” for
rulers and authorities, do not worry
what you will say…Luke 12:11
- "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ and life will go well with you… Matthew 22:36-40
- "Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19:19
- Sowing and reaping or cause and effect: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
- Emotion, even negative emotion has a place but in allowing it it’s place, avoid sin “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26
- Store up treasure in heaven – eternal whereas earthly treasure decays. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19
- The principle of multiplication is throughout scripture. The first examples of the principle of multiplication are in Genesis chapter 1. After each “day” of creation the Lord blessed what He had created and issued the injunction to multiply.
To develop expertise in reasoning within this Godly thought process (resting upon the “a priori” and bounded by biblical principles) we would need to have lengthy, challenging but respectful and guilt free discussions that wrestle with how to apply God’s Word to the issues of life with mature fellows in Christ (at least more mature than me!) who would push of our reasoning, our depth of knowledge and experience with the Lord so that we would push back, thereby developing strength, agility and flexibility of mind and spirit—with no offense taken or given! These discussions would challenge us to probe ever deeper into the Scriptures and motivate us to deepen our relationship with God Himself so that we would pose our questions to the Almighty—and hear back from Him. We would be challenged to research for ourselves—and when you are not accustomed to such mental exercise it can be daunting at first! It dredges up and ferrets out insecurities and inferiority feelings you had no idea you harbored.
- Working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew and/or how to use the reference works that would allow you to exegete scripture
- Working knowledge of the history and cultures of Greece, Romans and Jews with specific emphasis on the socio-economics and religious-political dynamics of Jesus time
- Working knowledge of the Torah and writings of the early church
- Working knowledge of Christian doctrine, principles and vocabulary
- Working knowledge of spiritual warfare and deliverance