The complexity of our minds is staggering
Change can be difficult whether we are in the first or last stage of life, but for some of us change is difficult in between.
I wonder, with all the academic research in universities across the country, has anyone done any research on how the process of change becomes not precedent but reality or ongoing brain maturation ?
Even those of us who seem to welcome change as we mature seem somewhat uncertain about how and where to draw the line between change as progress and change as a threat to our well-being.
One of the key questions for researchers is not “what is consciousness, but why do we have it?” according to neuroscience.
Even as researchers learn more and more about how the brain works, one reality still eludes them, the idea of the human “soul” in terms of the workings of our consciousness of impressive complexity.
A footnote to the lead article in Chapter 4 of “The Brain,” a recent National Geographic publication: “For centuries, the understanding of human consciousness was governed by religion and philosophy. Today , however, with increasingly sophisticated technology at our fingertips, it is considered the final frontier of neuroscience.
I am certainly not a scientist, but I have always been fascinated by the astonishing Creation whose humanity is considered, according to the authority of God, as the crowning of his design from all eternity.
Accordingly, it is not that failing physical entity, the body that we each occupy, that is our final destination, nor the lifespan on this planet that we live that the biblical stories and promises predict that portend a future far beyond human imagination.
It is the illusory soul whispering what calls us to a spiritual, yet physical, Presence beyond our ability to visualize, realize, or conceptualize in thought or speech.
The biblical prophets struggled to give voice to the visions shown to them. Gradually we gain insight into human history as knowledge increases, resulting in both great good and great evil. The growing power of human technology capable of mass destruction lends more and more credence to what were once rejected prophetic descriptions of a time when God would bring an end to the world as we know it.
There is an amazing little book titled “Jude,” tucked right in front of the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
Read it carefully if you are confused to discover that there are some who pose as Christians who find innocent victims in our churches, just as there are foolish Christians who may try to hide such misdeeds for ” protect” the church. Be merciful, but don’t be part of their sinful behaviors, warns Jude.
The complexity of our minds is staggering, but more difficult still is our existence and purpose in what seems an infinite possibility of an eternity far beyond our most imaginative constructs or carnal abilities. Yes, we are bodily consigned to return to dust, but that is only the physical representation of ourselves. It is the soul, the mysterious being beyond our flesh, that seems to be somehow occupying in our brains, but more than the physical representation of ourselves that we see in any mirror or experience. in some emotional way.
We will one day “be” in the Ultimate Presence that we call God. Perhaps we will be able to view the news from all time and from all eternity.
Beth Pratt retired as the religious editor of the Avalanche-Journal after 25 years. You can email her at [email protected]