Randal,

Just a few thoughts and perspective regarding your content relative to the thought processes of man. As I view your article, the key word you have used is “structure” or “structured.” For the most part, man does not want to be restrained or have any “structure” in his thinking at all (he wants to “do his own thing” rather than “God’s thing”). This is exactly why we see our present ungodly society in the shape it’s in – similar to a ship going around in circles without any moral or structured guidelines. It won’t be long before this society self-destructs, because it has disregarded God’s “structured” guidelines on morality. It has literally cast off any moral restrictions that God has laid down in His word. They want to maintain their “do your own thing” and “if it feels good, do it” philosophies.

As you look at God’s commands and moral principles, you immediately realize that they are “structured” or designed in such a way that will brings man’s thinking into complete alignment with God’s thinking. i.e., “let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). We know this is possible by the response the scribe made in Mark 12:28 when he declared that the Lord had answered the Sadducees’ question “well” by their “reasoning together.”

As long as our reasoning coincides with God’s reasoning, our alignment with His thought processes are assured, and we then have the ability to render complete obedience to Him and his plan for our lives, but when we start reasoning on our own (non-structured), we fall into a pit that becomes difficult (if not impossible) to extricate ourselves from (Genesis 6:5). This is exactly why we must follow the instructions given in Romans 12:1-2 (as you brought out in your article). We are to give our bodies as a “living sacrifice” (vs. 1) – one that is holy and thus acceptable before God, simply because it is “reasonable.” We are “transformed” when we constantly “renew” our mind by the standard of God’s will – vs. 2 (our thought processes in complete alignment with His thought processes) – a “structured” truth (as you brought out).

This is why Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 10:5 is very important. Unlike the people in Genesis 6:5, we must bring “into captivity every thought” to the obedience of Christ, otherwise, we will end up as they did. As Paul stated, we must “cast down” any “reasoning” that is not in complete alignment with God’s “reasoning” (vs. 5a), and that requires “structure” or self-discipline on our part. This is a part of “denying self” (Matthew 16:24), i.e., “Not my will but your will be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus’ desire was to align His will with the Father’s will – His thought processes with His Father’s thought processes.

As followers of Christ, we must do the exact same thing.

Mike Riley, El Paso, Tx