I would never downplay the role of the mind in Christianity. It is part of the most important commandment
Matthew 22:36-38 (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
But the mental aspect of apologetics isn’t as important as living as a Christian. It doesn’t matter one bit how intelligent your words are if you are living like the devil. There are way to many people out there who say they are Christian, and turn around and commit terrible crimes! Most infamously people like David Koresh, who claimed to be a Christian for most of his “ministry” but later claimed to be Christ himself, and priest who were overly fond of little boys. But there are a lot of people who claim to be Christian with their mouths, but live in ways that completely contradict the word of God. If you are mean, and nasty in one breath, and in the very next talk about the love of God, no one will listen to you. SOME of the things the Rev. Phelps guy says are technically correct but his behavior is so vile that any somewhat decent person who hears him speak will reject everything he says.
Always keep in mind that any time you identify yourself as a Christian people will be watching your conduct. They see you as a reflection of our God. If you act like a jerk, or commit newsworthy crimes this reflects poorly on Christ.
The closer you live to God’s word, the more believable your words about God will be.
We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right. ― Ravi Zacharias
People tend to have a hard time accepting that they could be wrong about something. I admit I am wrong all the time and I often have to swallow hard before I do it. Quite frequently I bump up against people who run out of answers for my questions and accuse me of trying to take their right to believe what they want away from them. I am not trying to take away anyone’s rights. You have a right to believe that green is red, and red is green if you want to, but I would not suggest you try to drive a car. It doesn’t matter how strongly you believe the light in the middle of the road is green, if it is really red. Eventually your wrong belief is going to hurt. But if on the other hand you believe that green is in fact green and red is in fact red your life will be enriched by the truth you will more safely be able to drive a car and many other things will come into proper focus with your true belief.
When I witness to people I am not trying to take away anyone’s rights, I am telling people what I think is true, and it has served me well.
And I am hoping that you will see my truth as true, and that your life will be enriched by that truth as well.
You can believe what ever you want. If you want to believe that everything in the universe is comes from nothing and the order in the universe sprang from random chance you are free to do that. If you want to believe we are all a dream of some deity and nothing is real you can believe that too. But be prepared to realize that one of us is wrong.
When you have God on your side you never know just how far you can go. While yes there are some things that are logically impossible, like you can not be at two places at the same time, there are ways to work around them. If God wants it to be it will be, no matter how small you think you are. Dream hard, pray hard, and work hard and you will find a way. If God is with you, you will never walk alone.
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
― C.S. Lewis
Using the heart is part of the Christian walk, but it isn’t the only part. God gave us brains, and he intended on us using them.
For a long time Christians had a tradition of creating great thinkers. Most of the fathers of science were devout Christians.
Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician and, an astronomer, once described science as thinking God’s thoughts after him.
If our point of view is correct God created the universe, and getting to know it is learning the works of God.
But somehow that great tradition of Christian curiosity got lost, and many think it is somehow sinful to think to deeply about anything.
When we forgot to love God with all our minds (Matthew 22:37) we hurt our witness to others.
It is hard to respect the opinions of people whom you think are less intelligent then you.
This problem not only effects our scientific minds it negatively effects our spiritual lives as well. Many have even neglected learning about proper theology and our reasons for believing in him. For example a few years ago a book called The Da Vinci Code had many Christians questioning their faith, but many had no idea where they could go for answers. So it resulted in Christians leaving the faith for ungrounded LIES, and DISTORTIONS! Our knowledge of our own beliefs have suffered so greatly that we either to terrified to answer the door, or converted quickly when certain people knock on our doors. This should not be! We should rejoice when God gives us the opportunity to witness to people who are in spiritual darkness. We should be showing them the light, and not turning out the lights to hide when they knock!
We live in a culture that wants to know what our favorite Hollywood personality had for lunch, what they are wearing, and so many personal details about them the paparazzi torture them by not giving them a moment of peace. But yet we can’t seem to bother putting in half the effort of getting to know who God really is that we put into learning where our favorite actress bought her clothes. That is wrong, the God that created the universe is infinitely more interesting, and infinitely more worthy of worship then anyone in Hollywood!