I was asked by Pastor John Murtha to be a part of his Saturday Morning Christian talk radio program this September 9th, 2017. He is particularly interested in the neurobiology of pornography as many of the men he works with struggle with this addiction. So be sure to tune in to this program with this very compassionate man. I’ll also post it to our website.
How the Brain is Wired
I have written quite a bit about how our brain’s wiring provides a perspective on many aspects of Buddhism. Our neurobiology has been with us a long time. When anyone wants you to understand something they must communicate in a way that allows your conscious and subconscious mind to align so that you can comprehend what they are saying.
Nowhere is this more important than when communicating about a belief system that literally billions of people will use to guide their lives for centuries to come. Each of the world’s major religions rely on writings that are over two thousand years old. Beyond this, many of our early texts were initially passed down verbally from one generation to the next. Many of the books and chapters of these books were lost and later found, leaving groups of scholars to decide which writings were “inspired” and which were not. In fact, the decisions these groups made were also considered inspired as God, through the Holy Spirit, was seen as guiding the entire process.
When visiting Israel, “the land” was often referred to as the “Fifth Gospel”. It was where many of the Biblical events took place. When I gazed across the Sea of Galilee from the place where Jesus gave “The Sermon on the Mount” I could see where the city of Tiberius existed. Looking to the right I saw the ruins of Capernaum and behind it the entrance to the “Valley of the Doves”. Through this valley caravans from India and Greece would pass by Nazareth. Yes, it provided me a little more insight into Jesus’ youth.
Mind-Body Perspective and the Bible
In addition to the land, people were present during Biblical times. Of course, they were wired much as we are today. People had conscious and subconscious minds that needed to be aligned if they were to fully understand all that they were seeing and expected to believe for a lifetime. Let’s review a few verses that may have seemed a little vague in the past.
- We now know that to truly reach into your deepest resources you need to align your conscious and subconscious mind. Could the suggestion that we “pray continuously” of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 be the call to align yourself and others for the greater good with your interoceptive neurons, mirror neurons and recurrent loop circuits?
- We know that the thalamus is the central organization of your subconscious mind. Although it connects your awareness of God to your sense of self, others and the greater good, it is and remains organizationally five years old. Is that why you are told you are to have the faith of a child in Matthew 18:3?
- When you reach into your subconscious mind to sense your connection to God and look at another in the same way your mirror neurons almost magically connect the two of you. Is this what is referred to when the Bible speaks of “when two or more are gathered in My Name” in Matthew 18:20?
If you wish, write down one of your favorite verses and let’s see how “the fifth gospel” of the oneness of your mind-body connections can provide additional perspectives as to what the Bible teaches.
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