What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
Modern science now shows us proof that we can rewire our brains, so that it works in more beneficial ways. The concepts in a new book by Doctor Jeffery M. Schwartz (an Evangelical Christian), You Are Not Your Brain, demonstrates some of the latest experiments and findings of the scientific community, having to do with the brain and the mind.
Please see videos from the author to understand the book:
- Using Jesus as your impartial spectator to help you realize your brain is sending you a false message: http://suprememastertv.com/ss/?wr_id=97
- Interviews: http://www.jeffreymschwartz.com/resources.htm
- Collection of his links: http://westallen.typepad.com/brains_on_purpose/about_jeffrey_m_schwartz_.html
details and reviews:
Example from the book:
Nothing is more confusing or painful than when your brain takes over your thoughts, attacks your self-worth, questions your abilities, overpowers you with cravings, or attempts to dictate your actions. Have you ever felt that something is compelling you to “go” places...
The author, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is an Evangelical Christian.
Now with some people they say this is God telling them something or sending them an affliction etc.
Where do we draw the line between medical condition inspired actions vs. God inspired actions?
For example, maybe someone with ODC in the year 200AD thought it was God making him go back and make sure he put the lid back on the well. Today if someone keeps checking if they turned off the sink, it is considered a medical issue.
Does Christianity address the difference between our mind (higher self as it is called in the book, he even says some patients also call it the Jesus in them) and the brain?
For example, here is something in general that support the concept:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ... - Philippians 4:4-9
I believe the Bible is the most modern and futuristic book we have and that it has a dimension that addresses this. I have concepts from my own summarizing of the Bible but if was asked to back it up, could not at this point. So any thoughts, passages, studies or ideas are welcomed.
"Operating on the highly rational perspective that we are not our brains, but rather, substantial free agents who exercise control over our brains, Schwartz and Gladding develop a simple, yet profoundly insightful approach for developing a flourishing life. The result will bring healing and hope to all who read it." --J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question (Christian apologist).