As A Man Thinketh So Is He?
Epigenetics - continued
At the center of Darwinian Theory is the belief that evolutionary change takes place over millions of years of natural selection. The mounting evidence accumulated by Epigenetic research has resulted in rethinking Darwinian Theory by suggesting that human characteristics are “memorized” by the cells and transmitted between individual generations and not through evolution.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” (2 Cor 10:5-6 ESV)
The Greek verb used for “take every thought into captivity” is ‘aichmalotízo” and means “to make captive: – lead away captive, bring into captivity” which is in the Present Active Participle form of the verb. The present tense represents a simple statement of fact or reality viewed as occurring in actual time. The active voice represents the subject as the doer or performer of the action.
The subconscious mind is in control at all times and is always trying to create a reality the old nature wants. This is why the Born-Again Christian should take daily a spiritual inventory of their life and pray “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Ps 139:23-24 ESV).
Christians are commanded to walk in humility and “not think”… “highly” of themselves and use “sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith” that God gave them (Rom 12:3-4 NIV).
“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” (Rom 8:6-9 NIV)
The word “mind” is the Greek word “phronema” which means mental activity. Thoughts alone do not create actual reality, but they do affect it and how one sees and reacts to it. The thoughts that emanate from the old sinful nature can be transformed when a person becomes Born-Again because they receive “the mind of Christ” and not because what/how they repeatedly think will determine who they become. The Born-Again Christian is the Holy of Holies, God’s dwelling place (1 Cor 2:16, 6:19 NIV)
What we repeatedly think about and how we think, simply does not determine who we are becoming. That is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to change us from within, including our thoughts, so that we will do His will and work for His good pleasure (Phil 2:13).
Christians are implored to continuously control and reprogram their dominant and habitual thoughts which originate from the old sinful nature by thinking about what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and what is worthy of praise (Phil 4:8-9 ESV). Doing this will help to build spiritual ‘muscle memory’ and reprogram thought patterns by the daily study of God’s Word which will reduce the effects of the old nature.
Excerpts from the books: “The Physiology of Faith - Fearfully And Wonderfully Made To Live And Prosper In Health” and “The Quantum Love Of God - Exploring The Multi-Dimensional Mysteries Of The Universe” by Craig A. Nelson
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