Growing up I was always very inquisitive. I remember in second grade taking a flashlight apart, then using wires I found in the garage to wire it back up so the light would come just using the batteries and the light bulb. A few years later while hiking in the mountains behind Church Collage of Hawaii (now BYU-H) my friends and I found a bunch of old World War Two radios abandoned in a gully. While my friends wanted to continue hiking, I wanted to play with them, take them apart, and figure out what all the funny looking parts were.
The wiring of my brain has served me well as a mechanical engineer, but has been a hindrance in my religious journey. From a young age I always wondered how Noah could have gotten all those animals on the ark. I also wanted a reason for everything. If I was asked to do something, it better of had a logical reason to do it. My father saying “because I said so” was not logical! This caused me more than one spanking or being sent to my room. I also spent more than my share of time sitting in the corner in the classroom as punishment, or visiting the principal’s office.
Even as an adult I have this problem. I’ve learned to curb my logical thinking when dealing with my dear wife. But as an example of my logical thinking, when Pres Hinckley asked the women to wear just one pierced earring, my first thought was if it is OK for women to pierce their ears, it must be Ok for men.
Likewise the piercing of the body for multiple rings in the ears, in the nose, even in the tongue. Can they possibly think that is beautiful? It is a passing fancy, but its effects can be permanent. Some have gone to such extremes that the ring had to be removed by surgery. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have declared that we discourage tattoos and also “the piercing of the body for other than medical purposes.” We do not, however, take any position “on the minimal piercing of the ears by women for one pair of earrings”—one pair. (Pres. Hinckley in Oct 2000 General Conference)
Also I wondered how come one hole in the earlobe is OK, but two is bad? Can God really care about this? Why is a can of Coke OK, but a cup of green tea bad? It makes no logical senses. My employer pays me to find these illogical situations and fix them!
This has got me to thinking if some brains are bettered wired for religion. Do people with a less logical brain more easily accept religion? I’m a 5th generation Mormon, but there is no way I would join this church or any other as an adult if I had been raised without religion. My brain just wouldn’t have it.
Now of course there are contraries to every pattern, and there are very logical and analytical people that are very religious, but for the most part I find that working with hundreds of engineers, their religious leanings are less than the normal population. (your mileage may vary)
So if my less logical side believes in an afterlife with a benevolent God, will he judge people based on their brain wiring? Knowing all things, he’ll know that Betty Smith’s brain was wired for a religious conversion, while Beth Jones, who is an excellent architect, is pre-deposed to reject religion. Will we be judged according to their capacity to accept religion? Of course the TBM response is “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?”