Is it biblical to have an open mind? Most in the church today would probably say no. Open-mindedness is often associated with worldly thinking and culture. It’s an acceptance of all faiths and lifestyles in a way that says, “There are many paths to God.” But the truth is that open-mindedness was actually God’s idea. Not in the way that it’s preached today, but in a way that says, “My mind is open to things of God, and I want to fill it with nothing but Him.”
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what the Bible has to say about it:
[Jesus] said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. – Luke 24:44:45 (NIV)
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. – Acts 17:10-11 (NLT)
And here’s what the Bible has to say about having a mind that is closed:
They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. – Isaiah 44:18 (NIV)
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
I couldn’t help but notice one important thing as I read these passages – an open mind leads to understanding and salvation, but a closed mind makes us blind to the truth.
The enemy has no ability to create, so he makes every effort to distort, mimic, and/or redefine the things of God. The enemy’s definition of having an open mind is tolerance. We open our minds and fill it with anything and everything. But that was never God’s intention. He longed for our minds to be open so that we could fill it with nothing but Him.
So how do we pursue an open mind in Christ?
But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. – 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 (NIV)
When we turn to Jesus, we are given an open mind. The veil of our mind is removed and we can clearly see the truth.
Apart from Jesus, our minds are closed off. The truth of God’s Word sounds like foolishness, and we lack understanding when it comes to things of God.
So the choice is ultimately ours to make, do we turn to Christ with our hearts and minds open? Or do we choose to live behind a veil in darkness?
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