Brilliant minds
don't believe
in Jesus
 
Not true. Some do, but it is a fact that relatively few of the intelligentsia are committed followers of Christ.

What does this prove? Well, it is either a reflection on the veracity of Christianity or on the willingness of this elite group to both recognize and follow truth.

Does the Bible comment on this issue? Yes, it does:

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.
(1 Corinthians 1:18, 26-29)


Those who are among the brilliant few cannot help but know that they are exceptional. Since they were children, those around them have made sure they were aware of their gifts. Thus they must struggle with a sense of elevated self-importance. Pride, which can blind, easily attaches itself to them. They also often become hyper-aware of the opinions of their peers, and of the high expectations placed upon their coterie, so that despite having incredible minds that could take them in many wondrous directions, they often find they must walk to some extent in certain, pre-established paths of thought. After all, they have a reputation to maintain. Such attitudes will always be a hindrance to discerning truth.

It is also decidedly unpopular in such circles to be religious, and especially to be a Christian. So, for this reason alone many will discount Christianity without ever giving it a fair hearing.

Another problem is that in some ways the message of the Gospel is too simple for this group. They may have struggled with lofty philosophical musings on the pathetic state of the human condition, and thus they are understandably reluctant to believe that simply repenting of one's sins and following Christ could possibly be the answer. "Foolishness! How could it be so easy? Think of all the superior minds through the ages that have wrestled with these issues without arriving at a true solution to the problem!"

So what would we say to any of this select group who are reading these words? We would urge you to use your gifts to honestly research the claims of Christ yourself. Read the Bible with an open and searching mind. Check out secular sources. Search for data that isn't excessively colored by proponents of either persuasion, for or against Christianity. Be especially careful with the works of
those who are virulently anti-Christianity as they may well convince you with their superior erudition and persuasive (but not always bulletproof) arguments, and thus keep you from coming to a conclusion that is verifiably your own. Look instead for the type of conclusive information that a crime scene investigator would want to find. In other words, information that presents a different reality than what first may have appeared on the surface to be real.

When you do run across advocates of a position on the subject, try and get a feel for whether they are credible witnesses. Ponder the claims of the New Testament as if you were the first person ever to do so. Research the archaeological information related to the Bible. Investigate as if your destiny rested on your coming to the right conclusion.

In all of this seeking, remember to use your intuition, your heart, and your soul, as well as your intellect. Keep in mind that the critical element of faith is valid in science as well as religion (both areas where we seek to know the unknowable), although few are honest enough to admit it. Take pains not to close your mind to the truth due to a fear of ostracization if you were to find yourself convinced that you had no choice but to follow the Son of God.

Can you do this? Are you up to the task? Are you enough of your own man or woman that you won't be cowed by forces within or without, and so fail to truly learn for yourself whether Christ is who He said He was? By warrant of the fact that you are reading these words, we believe you are.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB