The ability to think, to reason, is one of God’s greatest gifts to man. With this faculty he can apprehend God’s revelation of truth, search out the mysteries of the world in which we live, harness the forces of nature and the laws which govern them; in so doing he can realize more and more of God’s wisdom, power, and glory and at the same time advance the art of living.

Imagination is the ability to form mental images, conceptions, or notions and to devise theories from which practical applications may proceed. New inventions result from a combination of known factors with unproven theories until there is worked out a device with a specific use.

Many of the great discoveries in the field of science are the result of vivid imaginations coupled with already known or suspected principles. Others have been the result of chance combinations of unexpected causative agents. Also, obviously, without the imagination there would be no literary masterpieces.

We all owe much to the imaginative quality of the mind which delivers life from the static into the realm of continuing material progress.

There is an area, however, where the imagination becomes an offense to God, the source of sinful acts of every kind. Our Lord pinpoints the fruits of evil imaginations in these words: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man” (Matt. 15:19, 20a).

Prior to the Flood evil imaginations had run riot, with devastating effect: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Has the present world progressed in this area? What is God’s ...

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