Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Critical Thinking

So, I decided to post some of the papers I have to write for College. My apologies, but you cant copy them and use them yourselves: )
This one is for my Critical Thinking and decernment class. And here we go!!!

Critical thinking is the ability to be able to think under pressure and in hard or difficult times. In the Bible critical thinking is exemplified multiple times. Such as seen in the book of Job, as he goes through his trials.

Job had land, family and wealth, but most of all, he enjoyed his relationship with God. When Job suffered attacks on his faith, there was a prime opportunity to see his true character. After he loses everything he has in no time at all, Satan attacks him with his health and one thing that was surely one of the most important things he had-- his wife.

Job 2:9-10 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die." 10But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?"[a] In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

When Job’s helper-completer turns against him and God, Job has to do some critical thinking. He can either join his wife, curse God and die, or he can optimize his faith. After everything he just went through, it would have been much easier to give in to the peer pressure, but because of his undying love for God he was able to make the right decision.

Another example of critical thinking is King Saul. In 1 Samuel, Saul is ordered to destroy the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them.

Saul went and gathered an army, went on his way and later in the chapter, attacked. 1 Samuel 15:8 8 He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

When he did this it greatly displeased the Lord. Saul had a chance to do the right thing or the wrong thing and sadly he chose to disobey God. Saul said that he would sacrifice the animals to God, but Samuel says in verse 22 “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.” Unlike Job, Saul gave in to the pressure and decided to keep all the good things available and because of it he lost his throne.

The quality of critical thinking is something that must be developed. It is an essential thing to have in life and without it we would all end up trying to please the flesh and not God.

Josh Martin

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