Don’t fear the truth!

Evan Forester —  September 24, 2013

Some of you may have already read this, but Relevant Magazine shared a study that states, atheists have higher IQs than Christians.

I won’t repeat the whole article, but it is definitely worth a read. It was written by David Denison and his main explanation for why Christians have a lower IQ is this: Christians look down upon people who ask too many questions. 

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I agree with his explanation, and get frustrated that Christians rarely entertain the hard questions about life. If someone asks a challenging question, we often shrug them off and say “it’s too complicated.”

But here’s the thing, Jesus is the Truth. If we believe in Jesus, we should never fear the truth. Instead, we should get excited to explore the unknown and learn the answers to life’s hardest questions.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from Denison’s article:

“I believe the faith of children carries with it two significant qualities. The first is that kids are remarkably uncynical. The skepticism that plagues our generation is a learned trait, one that desperately needs unlearning. 

“Secondly, they are annoyingly inquisitive. An inquisitive mind asks why the sky is blue. It asks why the grass is green. It asks why Arrested Development got cancelled but George Lopez still has a successful career. There are some things we will never know, and that should drive us crazy.”

Asking the difficult questions can work out your brain and give you a headache – but it is good for you. If you never exercise your heart, guess what will happen when you go for a run? You’ll feel the pain. But the more you run, the more you begin to enjoy it.

The more we exercise our brains, the less it will begin to hurt and the more we will embrace deep thinking. In fact, you might even boost your IQ with some solid brain exercise. So don’t fear the truth – run after it with zeal. And read Denison’s article on Relevant.

Your turn: What is a question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to?

Evan Forester

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This post was by Evan, an adventure enthusiast learning to #LiveFully in New Zealand. He now writes for Embracing Exile.