When I entered college, as a freshman, I enrolled in a philosophy course. For me, that was a big mistake! Here’s why.
Before pursuing higher education, I had pretty much been a church girl all my life and was never really met with any head-on challenges to my faith.
But my very first philosophy professor changed all that. He was an atheist and had no qualms about shooting down my belief system.
One of the ideas he introduced to our class came from the mind of Rene Descartes, who was a creative mathematician and natural philosopher.
The French thinker was quite fascinated with the idea of perception vs. truth.
It was Descartes who popularized the Latin phrase, “Cogito ergo sum,” which means, “I think therefore I am.” I’ll spare you all the mumbo jumbo surrounding his philosophy and simply explain this aspect of his argument: one’s ability to think, according to him, is, in and of itself, proof that a person, does, in fact, exist.If you stopped thinking, you would cease to be.
From there, my anti-God collegiate instructor continued his quest to downplay the power of faith and play up the power of reason.
And you know what? For a while, it worked.
He had successfully confused me and introduced ambiguity in areas where I once had total clarity. My mind was really twisted up, thanks to him.
But the constant challenges, counter-arguments, and manmade skepticisms pushed me toward a deeper study of God’s word. It awakened a longing in my soul to intimately know the scriptures for myself.
That is when I became ravenous for the Bible. I closed myself up in my room for hours and read.
Thanks be to God, my time spent with the Lord paid off. He began showing me new things in scripture and revealing Himself to me. The words leapt off the pages of the Bible and became living bread. I was forever changed by the truth of God’s word.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine