We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ 2Cor 10:5 MSG
It’s interesting to see God-deniers get giddy on some ‘new study/findings’ that they believe bolster their foolish view that there is no God.
I came across this post: Words Can Literally Change Your Brain & Perception of Reality in which the author attributed her past negative self-image to “indoctrination” and continuous reinforcement by the church and the Bible.
The gist and conclusion of the ‘finding’:
Possibly the most effective, most powerful way a belief could do this would be to devalue or eliminate all other sources of self-affirmation— which Christianity does with devastating efficacy—so that there is no hope, or beauty, or meaning, and more importantly, no integrity of the self without it. Christianity alters your identity to ensure the survival of itself.
Beginning with the title of the post: Words Can Literally Change Your Brain & Perception of Reality:- No kidding. Isn’t this what Scripture teaches, that our words affect matter, our words affect emotions, our words affect our bodies, our words affect the direction of our lives and the lives of others etc.
1. We all can differentiate a blessing from a curse. A blessing is positive, a curse is negative. In Deuteronomy 30:19 The Father Himself tells us: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
What are these blessings and curses – aren’t they the very words that we speak into our lives, into our futures, over others etc.
2. “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Pro. 4:20
3. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Pro. 18:20-21
4. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Mk 11:23
It’s all words folks. Never undermine the power of a word. You do it to your own detriment. With words God created the heavens and the earth. Words are the most powerful force in this universe. It’s up to us to choose which words we want to speak and which words we incline our ears to.
I heard over and over, and year after year, that humans were defective by nature, corrupt, evil and unworthy. Getting “saved” doesn’t change the internal dialog.
Seriously, if getting saved didn’t change your internal dialogue then you were into religion and not into Christ. Religion is a cheap and dangerous counterfeit to be avoided at all cost, never to be substituted for a blessed, loving and meaningful relationship with the author of life, love, and light who is the very Word.
Christianity alters your identity to ensure the survival of itself.
It’s true, Christianity changes your identity; but definitely not in the way you’ve suggested. For those who are in Christ, the old identity is gone and our new identity as a new creation gifts us the ability to stand in God’s Holy presence without guilt, fear, or condemnation. We approach the Father as one who is pure, righteous and holy because we’re in Christ and He’s in us. Additionally, with His name comes real power and authority, and He has given us the power of attorney to use His name. This shows once again the power of words to “literally change” your brains perception of reality, thus allowing you to “have what you say.”
Scripture is truly amazing, and when one set aside their pride, knowing that no human wisdom, understanding nor counsel can ever prevail against the Word of God, then true wisdom can enter their heart, knowledge will be pleasant to their soul, discretion will preserve them, understanding will keep them, and deliver them from the way of evil, and from those who speak perverse things.
When one truly knows who they are in Christ, they will never be fooled into trying to become what they already are.
“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind…. we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.”
Paul says it best: Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.
The scans also revealed that a single negative word can increase the activity in our amygdala (the fear center of the brain),… Fear-provoking words significantly influenced the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress…researchers emphasized that negative language partially shuts down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes. Remember the quote from the ex-Christian ?
“If a belief can do this to you, you will have almost no chance of being able to critically evaluate its truthfulness.”
Scripture is written so the one who believes it will be wise unto salvation. It’s to show us the truth, expose our rebellion, correct our mistakes and train us to live the way God [the one who created us] intended, so that we are equipped for every good work.
How often are we told in Scripture – “fear not,” “do not be afraid” (at least 365 times). Father tells us: ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. 1Jn. 4:18
“Fear is bondage. Fear can steal, kill and bring destruction to our lives. An abundant life is impossible when fear is allowed to dominate some area of our lives. Fear gives birth to torment. Fear is the sign that love has yet to be perfected in the heart of the fearful person. Their relationship with God is more mental than spiritual.
Fear is a warning sign that the love of God has not yet fully consumed you. The key to being free is to know the love of God.” – Barry Bennett
This knowledge about how words impact the brain, especially the frontal lobes, helps me to understand why it’s so difficult for believers in the Christian God (Yahweh/Jesus) to critically assess their belief system and their holy book, the Bible.
No, it says you have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Word of God and what it teaches, and of the nature of God and what an intimate relationship with Him entails.
This knowledge about the power of words and what one truly believes at a heart level confirms the effectiveness of spiritual principles that God has given to us through His Word .
So perhaps it’s time you start taking the word seriously because no word that has been uttered by God will return to Him void, but must accomplish the goal for which it was sent.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.