Have you ever wondered why God gave us the neo-cortex that sits on top of the old brain, instead of simply growing our animal brain to a larger size? The neo-cortex or the new brain is also known as the thinking brain.
When there are physical problems in the world, we try to understand them with our new brain and find solutions, but when there are spiritual or ephemeral problems, we try to feel them with our hearts. We know the heart is not a thinking organ, but what we mean is that we try to feel with our subconscious mind. The seat of the subconscious mind is in the old brain, the reptilian complex or simply the animal brain.
Even though we have the neo-cortex, the animal brain is still the source of our passions, such as fear, joy and love. The old brain still controls our autonomous body functions, such as the heart beat, breathing, digestion. It does so without "thinking," performing these processes, like all animals do, instinctively.
Now, when we read the Scriptures, we try to understand it through our conscious mind, the neo-cortex or the new brain. Theological considerations are formed through our intellectual capacity; however, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, we feel the love of God in our hearts. Jesus came to the world and taught the disciples and sent them out as apostles to preach of His love to us. And in turn we are to become a testimony to that love.
If it was only to teach us the Scriptures, Jesus didn't have to come to the world. He would've simply given us the New Testament as He gave us the Old Testament, to understand it with our intellectual capacity, but He came to the world so as we may feel His passion on our behalf. That is something we can only feel in our hearts, or through our subconscious mind, it is not something we can simply be told about.
That is why we are born with two brains, the new brain and the old brain. We need to understand what the Lord communicates to us and feel the love that He has for us.
April 13, 2006
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