Why You Shouldn’t Believe The Frog Story

The Critical Thinking Christian-frog story

Did you ever hear the story of the boiling frog? The boiling frog is a parable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive.

The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.

The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually. While the message it is trying to teach is one to remember, the story itself is faulty.

You see, modern biologists have tested that a frog even gradually heated will jump out. It feels the heat and out it jumps.

You are not the only one who feels duped. I was on the believing end of that story until not too long ago.

 

When You Believe Frog Stories

While believing this story may work to your advantage – becoming more environmentally aware. Are there stories that you are believing without basis that may be creating a distorted world-view?

The Christian mind should actually be one of the most critical minds – we can be critical without being cynical. To be critical requires a simple ability to think through anything that comes your way.

I know many probably tell me that a critical mind stands against faith. Wrong! A critical mind actually helps to establish faith.

A critical mind is able to extend the boundaries of thought to its logical conclusion – GOD.

 

The Christian mind should actually be one of the most critical minds – we can be critical without being cynical.

 

Jesus & The Critical Mind

I’d like us to consider a simple example that Jesus used.

When Jesus was trying to reassure His disciples about God’s ever-present interest in meeting our need for food and clothing, He simply tells His disciples to look at how God takes care of birds & flowers. (Matt 6:25-34)

It’s like saying – just think about the birds who just show up to eat or the flowers who just show up looking pretty. They show up, do nothing else and God takes care of them.

The Message Bible describes the birds as “not tied to a job description” and yet they get a meal ticket every time. You’ve got a JD or in the common lingo “a purpose” – that means God is definitely going to be more interested in your case compared to the birds or flowers

The conclusion of that thought is that God has your meal ticket and cloth budget on His tab – more than He would do for a bird with no JD or a flower that could zone out anytime.

You can arrive at that conclusion if you follow Jesus advice to Think or as I put it earlier use your critical mind.

A critical mind is able to extend the boundaries of thought to its logical conclusion – GOD.

 

Frog Stories From The Pulpit

By learning to apply a thinking mind to even the teachings we hear from the pulpit, we can come to a richer understanding of our faith.

For example, the popular teaching that we need to give to be blessed. It sounds all good and adding a few isolated scriptures to the mix give an excellent basis to encourage the give-and-take culture in the church.

But herein lies the mismatch between that teaching and New Testament Christianity.

By learning to apply a thinking mind to even the teachings we hear from the pulpit, we can come to a richer understanding of our faith.

 

The Critical Mind Builds The Gospel

Let’s think this through. If the goal of Christ sacrifice on the cross was to eliminate any room for boasting as a basis to receive anything from God, then giving to receive as a teaching does not stand on the foundation of the gospel.

Rather it stands on the doctrine of acceptance by God because of what we do. Or as Apostle Paul puts it, acceptance by works and not by Grace.

The gospel is hinged completely on what God has done for us so that we can be accepted by Him. We don’t do anything to be accepted. Rather, we do things because we have been accepted.

To claim to give to God so we can be blessed by God is to insult the sacrifice of Jesus. We are simply saying that the sacrifice of Jesus is not enough to give us access to receive God’s blessing. We can’t top the sacrifice of Jesus.

Yes, God rewards us in whatever way He pleases when we give but we do not give to receive what we need in life. God has already provided all that through the sacrifice of Jesus.

All a critical Christian mind has to do is to evaluate that teaching against scriptures like these to see the error in such a teaching:

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Rom 8:32

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Pet 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Eph 1:3

The Critical Thinking Christian

The Critical Mind Finds Jesus

Let’s even consider Jesus Himself

I am sure you have heard the arguments by people that Jesus was just a good man or a great teacher with revolutionary ideas that changed the world.

The arguments stop short of saying Jesus is the Son of God because of the possible ramification of such a conclusion.

But applying critical thinking, there is no way Jesus could be just a good man for saying all the stuff He said

The sort of things He said can only lead to two conclusions – He was a crazy man with delusional tendencies or He was the Son of God

For example, He forgave sin and on the foundation of that forgiveness brought healing to the crippled man whose friends broke through the ceiling to get Him to Jesus. (Mark 2:5,9-11)

Even the Pharisees went all “Jack Bauer” when He issued the sin-forgiving declaration – Only God does that, they said

He talks about His followers eating His body and drinking His blood. Only God can offer to provide His life in a never-ending meal now called the Holy Communion

No, it is impossible for Jesus to just be a good man and make these statements. These statements if critically thought through can only lead to one conclusion – He was not just a good man. He is the Son Of God.

The ramification of such a conclusion is very clear – you have to either accept Him now as Savior or prepare to face Him in the future as Judge.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Believe The Frog Story

It’s clear that the application of faith does not eliminate thinking. Rather it empowers thinking to discover God more and more.

This, in turn, grows your faith and builds up your confidence in God

There is nothing wrong in questioning a teaching or an opinion. It is a good Christian practice. The Bereans were commended for such practice. (Acts 17:11)

It’s time to turn on your critical Christian mind and put it to work.

If nothing else, it should keep you from falling for the next frog story

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Tola Akinsulire
 

A married guy with a precocious son who works his (I mean me, not my son – I bet you know, right?) day job as a financial guy trying to make real estate projects have some sense to the investor. I like to talk about what I learn along the way as I live my faith in life (family, work, friendships, fellowship, community and anything else you can put here).

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Olawale Osewa David

Insightful, teaching like these are rare on the pulpit…thanks sire

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