Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matt. 22:37
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deut. 6:5
This new series is taking a deeper look at these verses in connection with what we understand about neuroscience, psychology, and physiology. What if the terms “heart,” and “bowels” are not mere metaphors? What if those terms don’t simply reflect a lack of understanding regarding the brain or an overly poetic description, but accurately articulate something far deeper that psychology and neuroscience have only just begun to understand.
There has been a significant amount of emphasis upon intellect in the American church. There is a leaning toward theology and memorization, but Christ is said to dwell in the HEART (Eph 3:16-17) and it is out of our belly that will flow living water (John 7:38). If we reduce these words to mere symbolism, we may be missing out on what is critical and fundamental to our relationship with God.
The pulpit commentary states the Hebrew thought considered the heart to be the seat of understanding, as the seat of emotions and will and the mind to be the intellectual powers. Many who are engaged in the study of personality and personality testing such as the Enneagram consider the heart to be the emotions, memories, images, and dreams; the head to be the logic and reasoning; the “gut” to be the area of instinct and intuition.
This series will examine our “guts”, hearts, spirits, and soul as they pertain to faith and relationship with God. I will explore a solid biological/psychological foundation for these terms and expand upon them, encouraging us to explore ways in which we can grow and engage each of these areas in relationship with God.
As you may know, my passion is the integration of psychology/neuroscience and Christianity. I am excited to share with you some of my passion which has emerged from my study as well as from my practice as a therapist. Knowledge alone rarely engages and transforms us, yet our current culture often points toward knowledge as the answer to much of our struggles. In the church, knowledge is often seen as the primary and final means of growth and transformation, but that is only part of our being and part of the process.