When asked what was the greatest command of Scripture, Christ said “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew‬ ‭22:37-38‬). Notice Jesus didn’t leave out the mind part. And He didn’t say anything about throwing our brains out the window and believing with a “blind” faith. But how often do Christians receive instruction on how to love God by engaging our minds?

Faith doesn’t grow by some sheer act of internal personal willpower. It’s a divine gift requiring prayer. “Lord, I believe-help me with my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). But the Christian is also instructed to directly face challenges and find answers:

“Test everything, hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

The Apostle Peter wrote that we should “…honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter‬ ‭3:15‬ )