When does our own intellect get in the way of God? This question will not be answered in this blog, but rather, I will use this space to place the question out there, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide my fingers of the keys.
Intellect is a gift from God, one given to all of us, and one we should use. Intellect has given us many beautiful things in this world, but it has also given us many dark things. Like all gifts, it can be used or missed used, how we choose to use it is up to us.
God gives no gift with the intention of it being used for evil; God can not give something he is not. God is only love and goodness, so evil is not his to give.
We have created evil, God allows it, and the devil sells it, but it is humans with their intellect that has created it.
The intellect is a gift of many possibilities; one that keeps on giving, intellect is the gift of creativity, thought and action. With out intellect we would not have action, thought or creativity.
So how we choose to use it, be it for good or evil, is our response to God for the gift.
So when does our intellect get in the way of God? When we place our own intelligence over Gods providence, when we see ourselves equal to God, greater then God, or when we fail to see God at all.
Intellect can be our key to salvation or damnation.
Many learned people state the reason they do not believe in God, is because they are to smart, they have studied it and their intellect will not allow them to believe in God. But really is that intellect or ego? I would argue ego, but if you have read my other post, you would know why.
I do believe that our intellect can sometimes lead us in to a false security in our own greatness, greatness as a race, and greatness as a being. But the intellect is not to be blamed for this, but rather our fallen nature, and our ability to allow ego to take over.
Whom among us would dare to say they know the mind of God, whom would believe, truly believe, that they know better then God?
The answer to the above is plenty do feel that way. The intellect allows this thinking process, and in some cases it is healthy to do so. If we are not challenging ourselves we are not growing, and we are not using the gift God gave us. It is the crossing of the line, when we start to truly believe this, when our ego takes over and promotes this thought, convinces us that we are greater then or just as good as God.
So exercise your intellect each and everyday, challenge yourself, grow in knowledge and understanding, but always remain grounded in the truth of God.