Answers to Your Questions: Is Your Mind “Free”?
Q: Some of my friends seem to analyze and question everything. I can understand their not wanting to blindly conform or believe everything they hear, but their constant questioning often turns to cynicism. I say they’re taking their free thinking too far, and they say I am not a free thinker because I hold some truths to be absolute. What do you say?
A: You’re right—it is possible to take “free thinking” too far. And, yes, there are absolutes.
To show that they can think for themselves, which they consider necessary in order to establish their individuality, some people argue against all right and reason—the godly principles in the Bible, for example. What they don’t understand, however, is that such arguments don’t originate in their own minds, coming from nowhere. Thoughts are inspired, and there are only two sources—good and evil. That’s why it so important that we learn to process our thoughts, to discern where they are coming from and to wisely choose which thoughts to entertain and which to reject.
It’s a trick of the Devil (and a very effective and powerful trick these days) to get people to reject godly principles because they want to “be different” or “be themselves.” When people think such thoughts, though, they’re not really thinking their own thoughts but rather choosing to think thoughts that are inspired by the Evil One. It’s not the “free thinkers,” in their supposed individuality, who come up with those “original” thoughts; the Devil or one of his imps puts those thoughts there, and people adopt them as their own. So expressing thoughts that contradict the Bible isn’t a sign of individuality, but of accepting beliefs from the dark side.
In a sense, believing and conforming to the truth of God’s Word does make you a slave in your thoughts, but so does believing and conforming to the Devil’s lies. We all surrender our thoughts to one side or the other—light or darkness—so everyone chooses, consciously or unconsciously, who will be their master.
The desire to be a distinct individual is inborn, put there by God, and isn’t wrong. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about pursuing individuality. True freedom and godly individuality do not come from thinking thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word”—if you believe and follow it”—”you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
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