Are You the Product of Your Decisions or of Your Neurons?

Has the reader ever heard the following declarations or their variants?

“A seventeen-year-old criminal cannot be judged as an adult because his brain isn’t fully developed yet.”

“The child has ADHD. He’s too active.”

”This ethnic group’s IQ levels are below the national average. Hence, it’s to be expected that, generally speaking, they will conduct themselves in such an illogical and barbarous manner.”

“Free will is an illusion ingrained in us all by evolution.”

“Mental disorders are neurological in nature. Chemical imbalances are the cause of behavior deficiencies.”

These and similar notions are different faces of the same pernicious idea – materialism. This concept is demeaning and rejects the ultimate reality of the human essence because it reduces all activity to purely physical processes, including thoughts, emotions and character. The creed’s main goal is to dismiss the Biblical God as the Principal Cause of all and discount His revelation about our origins and makeup.

If one ponders the matter further, it becomes evident that Darwinism, psychology, atheism, secular philosophy and Marxism all sprout from the same root. Darwinism postulates that everything in nature didn’t have a divine genesis but is instead the result of impossibly random processes in and through nature. The rabble-rousing Freud wrote and spoke frequently on his view that Christianity needed to be replaced with a secular ideology that explained human phenomenon – his own. Secular philosophy attempts to rationalize existence by using man’s own severely limited, shifting and subjective reasoning to do so. And as Karl Marx delineated, communism is simply the application of Darwinian theory to economics. (This is a curious roundabout, considering that Darwin himself admitted that his evolutionary theory was inspired by economist Thomas Malthus’ writings.) As is implied in all the aforementioned isms, atheism is at the core of each.

For the discerning, it is easy to see why much of the population has seemingly accepted the faulty tenets of these divisions of secularism. Materialist interpretation provides men an apparently convenient excuse to evade responsibility for their actions, decisions and lives. It’s easier to blame others and/or external circumstances for one’s own shortcomings than to confront the fact that we are the result of our own choices and deeds, particularly when those choices and deeds lead to harmful results.

Hence, it has become popular to blame low IQ, defective neurons, inferior genetics, evolution, abusive parents, bad experiences and even others of a different skin tone (“white” and “Christian privilege” are examples) to justify bad behavior and aberrant thought processes.

A worse development still, is the fact that many Christians have adopted these fallacious excuses and, by default, the concepts they sprout from, when secular humanism explicitly denies the Biblical revelation about human nature – that mankind is primarily a spirit being that has a soul and inhabits a tabernacle called the physical body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) In essence, secular humanism’s purely materialist interpretation of the world reduces us all to mere matter.

One consideration which demonstrates the absurdity of materialist belief, is how astute people are when ascribing credit. I’ve yet to hear a recalcitrant atheist, psychologist or common man who believes in materialism credit their neurons for the good choices they’ve made. It’s almost as if evolution, genetic predeterminism and IQ give way to free will in those circumstances!

In other words, “if I do evil, blame someone or something else. If I do good, I demand all the credit”. Rather convenient, wouldn’t you say?

Dear reader, don’t fall prey to this ridiculous and contradictory philosophy. It is better to take responsibility for everything one does and thinks than to become enslaved to the savagery that secular humanism promotes. Doing so assures oneself of living virtuously and avoiding evil.

Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity.
I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.
I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will I go in with hypocrites.
I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.

I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.

Do not gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,

In whose hands is a sinister scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.

But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me.
My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the Lord.

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