“Get Out of Your Head!”
The Rev. Louis B. Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
The radio in my car blasted this advertisement spoken, I’m sure, in sincerity. The man said, “Get out of your head and into your heart.” My quote may not be exactly right. But, get out of your head and into your heart was the sentiment. The ad concerned how a man “found God.” He said that he spent a great deal of time being confused by the abundance of Bible translations and thereby questioned the veracity of the Bible. After all, with so many different translations, how can anyone rely upon the Bible? It wasn’t until he stopped thinking that he was able to follow his heart to God.
Now, I can’t determine if this man knows God. No one, but God, knows who belongs to Him. Yet, it is very likely that this man did not find the one true God in his heart! Many people construct a God of their own liking. They delude themselves into thinking that they have met God, when all that they have met is themselves.
The fact is: getting out of one’s mind and into one’s heart will only lead to darkness! The heart in the Bible means the center of one’s will. It is that human faculty which motivates action. When the word heart is used it includes our will, emotions, thoughts, etc.
In our time, the word heart almost exclusively means our feelings proceeding from our emotions. In Psalm 34, David described the wicked person. He used the word heart in his description. “Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.” Psalm 34:1 In other words, sinners depend upon what’s in their heart. As a result, there is no fear of God. David continued by saying that this person “flatters himself in his own eyes…” Psalm 34:2a
The man who made this advertisement is not unique. This sentiment has infected the church. People are attracted to churches by appealing to their feelings. One famous word-faith cult leader, Joel Osteen, gives very positive and motivational talks. He claims that God wants to make a better you. That may give a sense of euphoria, but it smells like smoke and is from the pit of hell! The truth is, God does not make anyone a better you! God makes one different. “Truly, truly, I (Jesus) say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 And, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2Corinthians 5:17
Propositional truth has fallen on hard times in most churches. The revealed truth of God is that He enters the mind and changes the heart (the seat of our will). “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
God engages our minds in His word. True, by the providence of God we are blessed with many English translations. All good translations are based on the original Scriptures. The original Scriptures were written in Hebrew and Aramaic – the Old Testament and Greek – the New Testament. The original autographs, that is the actual writing of the human authors are non-existent. Yet, we have copies. For the Old Testament, we have the Masoretic text, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint which is the Greek translation of the Old Testament made by around 250 B.C. For the New Testament, we have thousands of Greek manuscripts, copies of the originals, as well as the Ancient Latin Translation. By a process called textual criticism, scholars fluent in the original languages have reconstructed the original text. As a result, we can rely upon our English translation’s accuracy. When you open your Bible, and read it you are hearing God speak. It is the written word of God that testifies to the revealed truth of God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God,” 2Timothy 3:16. Jesus said that “Man shall not live by bead alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 (Deuteronomy 8:3) Further, it is the Bible that declares that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” John 1:14.
Christian, don’t check your mind at the door. Engage your mind in the truth.