What Will You Feed Your Mind Today?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. –Proverbs 9:10 

Our minds—much like our physical bodies—need to be fed. If we don’t feed them they get hungry and start growling for something new. If we constantly feed them junk food they will become unhealthy and eventually sick. Sometimes we don’t realize how bad we’ve been eating. There are “fast food for thoughts” on every corner. The information age puts everything at our finger tips. It can become hard to distinguish the healthy food from the unhealthy food and there is much debate about this. Thankfully God has given us the Holy Spirit which can help us discern the good from the bad. The Holy Spirit is kind of like God’s free nutritionist or personal trainer—but much like an actual nutritionist, if you don’t make the choice to follow their advice you will not see any results.  Is it a coincidence that sin entered the world through the bite of an apple?  I think not.

 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ –Matthew 4:4

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. –John 6:27

3 thoughts on “What Will You Feed Your Mind Today?

  1. tildeb

    But the apple is a metaphor, and we know through genetics that the original couple, Adam and Eve, never historically existed… making them at best metaphors. The analogy you use that spiritual food is somehow good nutrition for the mind is shown in reality to be exactly backwards: it offers the appearance of being ‘good’ in the sense of pretending to produce knowledge about the world we inhabit but, in fact, is toxic to honest inquiry by substituting fluff and pretending it’s factually true.

    1. Justin Post author

      Hey thanks for stopping by. I’m not so sure that science has proven or disproven Adam and Eve. I seem to recall reading some articles that said DNA was evidence for humans all having a common ancestor. I could be wrong but I am no scientist and whether or not Adam and Eve are factual people does not determine my belief in God or of spiritual things. My belief in God is based on His presence and revelation of His love to you and I that He has given me (Romans 8:16). Know that the Father and Creator of the universe loves you beyond measure! I understand that to many like yourself belief in God appears foolish, but belief in God brings peace to my life which was otherwise headed to destruction. If atheism brings peace to your life then I suppose you have your answer to life’s meaning. I sense within myself that there is more than just “atoms in motion.” Rather than debating on something that we have both clearly made up our minds on I would rather agree to disagree. I pray that you would have a long, joyous life filled with love. God bless. 🙂

      1. tildeb

        Thanks for the welcome, Justin.

        I stopped by because like you I think the brain seems to do best when rigorously exercised and challenged. Certainly lots of studies on aging and mental health bear this out. Your analogy of feeding it good stuff caught my fancy but your reference to the eating of the apple-as-knowledge-of-good-and-evil – considered in the myth to be a ‘sin’ – caused me quite a bit of dissonance to the spirit of your post.

        If gaining knowledge through curiosity and honest inquiry is a ‘sin’ – a very strange reading of the Genesis myth (but a common one distorted to fit the christian need to justify the crucifixion-as-redemption) – then our diet will be thin gruel indeed… the opposite of your thesis in this post.

        So I commented.

        (And just as an aside, your DNA shows your oldest female ancestor lived about 50,000 years before your oldest male ancestor. Tough to wrap your head around that one, I know, but you must if the science of genetics is to be trusted. And it seems quite trustworthy in all other inquiries, making it extraordinarily unlikely to be false in just this one conclusion.)

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