An Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. Throughout the years, this standardized test has been used by psychologists and educators to predict an individual’s academic performance and career success. Even though its accuracy and reliability have been criticized over the past few decades, the IQ test continues to be the most widely used test for assessing mental ability. Those who score higher than an average on the IQ test may have greater reasoning abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be more successful in life. In the same way those who may have scored poorly, can be very successful in their lives and in fact there are many examples of such persons in our society.
By the way, the purpose of this post is to make us remember how humble we ought to be, and this is not to compare and contrast or to encourage one to increase their IQ levels, although it would be a good idea to try improving it.
Let us start with the IQ of some famous people:
Arnold Schwarzenegger – 135
Hillary Clinton – 140
Albert Einstein – 160
Garry Kasparov – 190
Marilyn Vos Savant -228
Now, if an angel takes an IQ test, what do you think the results would be?
An Angel – ???
The IQ of an angel might be at least 3000. Here, you can soon see the simple algebra used for it.
When we compare the human race to heavenly beings we all must thank God for his constant mercy towards us. We are no match for the celestial beings made by God. The Psalmist knew our position when compared to the heavenly beings,
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
We all know that Adam being the first human was perfect when God made him. He was basically designed to live forever. Remember that he named all the living creatures in just a single go!
“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field”
What if he forgets the names he himself dictated? There is nobody else to ask for! Eve was not created at that time. Wouldn’t it be a shame to ask the animals, “Dear, what was that name I gave you?” (Note: Animals were able to speak at those times).
Fortunately, God had designed a superior intellect for Adam in order to remember all these names forever. Indeed, his brain worked like a small super computer.
Suppose, you are asked to name your pet, how much time will it take for you to create an entirely new name which matches the nature of your pet?
Then how did Adam do it, when he was asked to do it for a lot many different varieties!?
Let us take the case of two great people from history: Sir Issac Newton (Physicist) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (Mathematician). Here is a brief description on them:
Issac Newton. (1642 – 1727)
One of the greatest scientists of all time is also the hardest genius to diagnose, but historians agree he had a lot going on. Newton suffered from huge ups and downs in his moods, indicating bipolar disorder, combined with psychotic tendencies. His inability to connect with people could place him on the autism spectrum. He also had a tendency to write letters filled with mad delusions, which some medical historians feel strongly indicates schizophrenia. Whether he suffered from one or a combination of these serious illnesses, they did not stop him from inventing calculus, explaining gravity, and building telescopes, among his other great scientific achievements.
Srinivasa Ramanujan. (1887 – 1920)
Ramanujan is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians ever lived. He failed in every subject in college except math, which he totally emerged himself in. Food had to be forced down his throat because he wouldn’t stop his calculations to eat. It is impossible to estimate this man’s I.Q., since he fared so poorly in all subjects except math, but never the less it must have been very high.
How can geniuses like them have mental and psychological problems? Are they not highly intelligent to overcome?
Issac Newton, a Christian blessed with excellent schooling of his time, wealth and acknowledgment had everything he need in his life here, but even with his superior intellect he couldn’t master his mind.What about Ramanujan who failed in all other subjects except Maths. Did he deliberately choose to fail?
A very simple conclusion is that, somehow they were different, but, why such an aberrance in behaviour from a normal person?
Ans: The terrible after effect of the curse that fell on human race when our first parents sinned.
And this gives the base for our calculations.
Most of us know that we don’t use the full potential of our brain or to be more precise we are unable to use 100% of it. Many scientists do agree with this concept. They put it to be in between 2% and 10% of our real capacity. Whether or not everyone agrees with this, the scripture supports this argument.
At this point one must note that even a 10 unit change in IQ scores makes a lot difference in one’s way of thinking. Then, how about a 500 or a 1000 change!
For calculation purposes, we assume that 6% working of our brain (avg. of 2% and 10% above) equates to an IQ of around 150( avg. of 70 IQ and 230 IQ); lowest and highest IQ’s ever measured.
if 6% equates to —> 150
100% equates to —> ???
Yes, 100% equals to 2500 (150 * 100 /6 )
So, we believe, one can argue that the IQ of Adam and Eve before their fall must not be less than 2500. Now, that is a lot of Intelligence!
Bible also hints that we were made a little lower than the angels;
“ For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour ”
May be an addition of around 500+ IQ points (20% of 2500) can serve to reach the IQ of an Angel, for us being a little lower.
Thus, the IQ of an Angel is at least 3000…Hmmm!!!
In spite of our low nature and weak countenance, God chose to die for us in our lost state, out of His great love. He forgave us by means of His own blood and made it possible for us to inherit glory and salvation. How grateful and humble we ought to be to God for His invaluable Sacrifice! He even promised us a place in Heaven with Him.
No wonder why Jesus said,
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”