According to futurist, inventor and across-the-board, amazingly intelligent guy, Ray Kurzweil, human beings actually restructure their frontal cortex as they focus on mastering different skills.
For example, a musician redesigns his or her brain by means of constant study, practice and performance. The same thing applies to a mathematician, carpenter and engineer. The brain is physically changed over time by activity and learning. This means we have direct influence and control over how our minds operate. This means we actually mold our perception of the world by the way we mold our brains.
The frontal lobes of the brain are the most anterior, which means they are positioned right behind your forehead and at the top-front of your head. There is a left lobe and a right lobe. The frontal lobe is a critical center and it controls the “essence” of our humanity, according to Dr. Donald Stuss of The Rotman Research Institute.
The frontal lobes, which are also called the cerebral cortex:
- are the seat of emotions and judgments related to sympathy, which is the ability to feel sorrow for someone else’s suffering
- are the seat of empathy, which is the ability to understand another’s feelings and problems
- are the seat of understanding humor, including subtle witticisms and word plays
- are where recognition of deception occurs
- control the processes called “mentalizing” upon which our socialization is based; this is the ability to understand another’s mental processes
I don’t know about you, but as you look at the bullet points above, consider what THE Church would be like if believers would truly renovate their minds by seeking to master the Word, Life and Love of the Master!
I believe we could certainly stand more sympathy and empathy for one another, regardless of denominational affiliation or lack thereof.
Yeah, humor is necessary, I think. Mostly, laughing at ourselves for taking ourselves so seriously!
For heaven’s sake, I know we need more recognition of deception! There is a bunch of “truth?” and “word?” flying around out there that has little or next to nothing to do with the Gospel of the Kingdom. Beyond that, a realization of our own self-deception would be extremely beneficial. I’ve discovered that most people, including myself, choose to live with their version of the truth about themselves. I’m telling you, Father has some thoughts about you, who you are and how you are to function! Being part of an accurate, corporate expression of Christ is extremely beneficial in such truth pursuits; which leads me nicely to the next point.
Socialization! I like that word. We need more Kingdom socialization. It seems that understanding one another’s mental processes would make room for meaningful, effective conversation and discussion that breeds acceptance and affirmation rather than defensive doctrinal debate and derogatory defamation that engenders division and strife. As my brother Crosby says, “The church has been talking itself to death for centuries. Too much talk about the “doctrines of the Bible,” and too little love and life that resembles Jesus.”
In telling us to have the mind of Christ, Phillipians 2 instructs us:
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Since this particular reference to “have the mind of Christ” is imperative and not optional, we should get beyond the fabricated, peripheral trappings of christianity and truly focus on the purpose of the Gospel of the Kingdom – the functional, effective use of our redemptive humanity to express Father’s Nature. As sons of Father, the “essence” of our humanity is to learn to partake of His Nature and make Him known. Lives lived according to His Life, as individuals and as a corporate expression, is the manner in which “this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached” that will have any impact on the world! The incarnational reality of Him as the Message in and through His People must be seen and not just heard.
As clearly seen in Romans 12, focusing on this age and participating in the spirit that drives it, will not bring about the transformation needed. It is only as we focus on Christ, revealed in the written word and imparted by the Spirit as the Incarnational Word, that we can expect the level of transformation that Father desires:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Keep your peace!