I have a friend who didn’t grow up in a Christian household, so he often says he needs to think twice about something before he knows it’s true.
What he means is, even though he’s saturated his mind in the Scriptures over the years, he still has to test his natural thoughts against those in Scripture. Thus, he thinks about everything twice.
His methodology has stuck with me, and it’s helped me to better understand the notion of taking “every thought captive to obey Christ” as Paul wrote about in 2 Corinthians 10:5.
I like what John Wesley wrote about this verse: “Those evil reasonings are destroyed. The mind itself, being overcome and taken captive, lays down all authority of its own, and entirely gives itself up to perform, for the time to come, to Christ its conqueror the obedience of faith.”
This week, I was listening to a podcast about augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine-based learning. My first thought when I hear about such technological advancements is to get excited, especially when I consider how they might enhance storytelling.
But as I thought twice about it, I started to do some research. I came across this article: A Christian response to artificial intelligence. And this one: Artificial Intelligence in Christian Thought and Practice. Both raise some really good points.
For me, thinking twice about something doesn’t always lead to concrete conclusions — at least not initially. But taking every thought captive is a process. It implies a wrestling match, of sorts, between my old nature and my new one. It’s active, not passive.