America has been releasing her young people into humanistic (often atheistic) indoctrination by letting them attend American public schools. Unfortunately, even many Christian universities, colleges and K-12 schools have been influenced by Humanism ideology. And in some cases, US seminaries are often more toxic than the public school institutions because students enter them with the assumption that they will be learning more of the ways of God—but find a humanistic approach to the Bible.
The Humanist philosophies have been slowly and subtly indoctrinating American students for over the last 50 years through an over emphasis of left brain thinking by rewarding left brain thinking and largely ignoring right brain processing. For example, American educational curriculum and nationalized testing like the SAT and the ACT reward left brain dominate thinking. And if you take the tests from a right brain perspective, you will earn very low scores, greatly limiting the schools that you can attend. So what’s wrong with being left-brain dominant? If you don’t understand all the extended implications of how you are trained to think, you may not see what the problem is.
After I discovered this, I was able to dramatically change my score on a nationalized test by simply analyzing the kind of testing instruments on the test and re-training my mind to think more left-brain. As a result, my score improved from testing in the 78th percentile to the 98th percentile! I have also been able to help many of my students to do the same, during my 20-year public school education career. It’s all about how you train the mind to process information, while understanding how the test is constructed. It’s all about your mind-set!
Let’s take a look at the Bible, God’s Word, for some insights.
Jesus came into a very left-brain dominate culture. It was totally dominated by Greek thought. In other words, rationalism prevailed. Even the right-brain Hebraic culture had been influenced by its sweeping dominance. Into this setting stepped God in the flesh. His ministry was first announced by John the Baptist: “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” —Matthew 3:1–2
Jesus then spoke as He started His ministry in the next chapter: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” —Matthew 4:17
These passages are saying a little bit more than most of us might have realized. John the Baptist first comes and essentially says, “Repent. You are about to see the rule and reign of heaven manifested.” Then Jesus comes and uses that same word—repent. We have always understood that to mean “be sorry for your sins.” The original Greek word; however, is a much more profound instruction. Metanoeo literally means “to change one’s mind, to think differently, to do an ‘about face’ in one’s thinking.” It’s all about how one thinks. John and Jesus were addressing, at least in part, the prevailing Greek thinking of the day. John prepared the way of the Lord by saying, Hey, guys and gals, a man sent from heaven is about to show up, and He’s going to blow your mind with what He’s going to say and do. If you stay in your left brain mind-set, you are not going to understand Him because He is going to violate everything your left brain processor has ever learned.
Jesus then showed up, said the same thing, and began to demonstrate what He was talking about. It was as if He was saying, “You’d better let your right brain function, or else you’re going to resist me and miss out on what I have to show you from the realm of heaven. And when Jesus said the Lord’s Prayer (also called the Model Prayer) to his disciples, the focus of that prayer was, “Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven”. The words, “to be done on earth” was alluding to mankind’s God-given left brain natural capabilities, while his reference to “as it is heaven” was alluding to mankind’s right brain spiritual capacities. That’s why Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:17) And also, “Set your mind on things above and not things of the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
Can you imagine someone teaching the following in American schools today?
I’m going to manifest the King’s dominion to you, and your Greek thought is going to get trashed. You’ve been taught that one plus one is two and two plus two is four. I’ll show you that one can put a thousand to flight and two can chase ten thousand. I’ll show how two fish and five pieces of bread can feed more than five thousand. And to really mess with your left brain, there will be more left over than there was to start with! I’m going to cause a blind man to see by spitting in dirt and rubbing mud in his eye. I’m going to heal a paralytic by telling him his sins are forgiven. I’m going to heal many others by telling them I sense their faith. I’m going to speak to storms—did they teach you that in school?—and they will obey me. I’m going to defy the laws of physics and walk on water. “In the midst of all this, I’ll teach you the philosophical opposite of what you’ve been instructed. I’ll tell you that if you want to be great, you must become nothing. If you want to live, you must die. If you want to go up, you must go down. If you want to learn how to win friends and influence people, you’d better take your eyes off of friends and people and find out what influences the invisible realm. I’ll then choose and train twelve backward, volatile fishermen and use them as the antithesis of what you’ve been taught to value. Then I’ll make my kingly entrance into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, just to make sure your left processor really blows a gasket. In my closing act, I’ll claim my lordship over this world by allowing myself to be brutally beaten, spit at, and humiliated so that through my death, you all can live. You’d better metanoeo now, or you just won’t get it—or get me or the benefits of the very God who created you. The way your natural mind presently operates is at total odds with me and what I bring.”
It’s important that we be confronted with certain realities about left- and right-brain thinking. Left-brain thinking, when it becomes dominant, squeezes out the things of the Spirit of God. The right brain is the part of the brain that God has created to be open to respond to His ways. It’s the chimney through which faith is accessed. You can’t do that with the left brain. You can quote all the scriptures on faith and understand the logic of faith, but only the right brain can tap into the actual substance of faith. That, of course, is a huge deal, since scripture tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) and that “whatever is not from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). All the fruit of the spirit—love, joy, peace, etc.—are all accessed only through the right brain. The left brain can understand the logic of peace, for example, but only the right brain can obtain and experience the peace that passes understanding. Nearly everything Jesus did or said pulled on the right brain. His principles were upside-down from Greek thought. His power baffled Greek computations. The way He randomly switched His power techniques was confusing. He did no two recorded miracles the same way. He usually spoke in parables—word pictures that appeal to the right brain. He often said things that frustrate left-brain-oriented people—“The kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field,” for example (Matt. 13:44). In fact, all of His descriptions of the kingdom of God were pictures, stories, or metaphors.
Jesus certainly wasn’t anti-intellectual, but He was clearly not a left-brain dominate thinker. Made in His image, we are wired to respond to the logic of heaven. We yearn for the supernatural, for the invisible, for the impossible to become possible—for the kingdom of God. We have been blinded to our true heart’s desires by being indoctrinated in skepticism, doubt, and unbelief—our condition when the left-brain becomes dominant.
The left brain is designed to serve the interests of the right brain. It is supposed to help us organize and keep, time while we access reality with the right brain. Instead of submitting the right brain to left-brain rationalism, we were created to submit the left brain to right brain perceptions.
Proverbs says it this way, “The mind set on the flesh reaps corruption, but the mind the mind set on the spirit reaps life.”
For me, Romans 12:1-2 serves as a great reminder of this truth,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)
Whether you are left brain dominate or right brain dominate, perhaps the most important test question that will ever be answered is, “What are you going to do about it?”
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Primary Source: The Seven Mountain Prophecy by Johnny Enlow, Published by Creation House – A Strange Company, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seven-mountain-prophecy-johnny-enlow/1009053131?ean=9781599792873