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Brain Change
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A popular series of fiction, movies, and even video games have introduced into our modern culture the concept of brain implants. Though the dramatic stories of changing people’s brains through major operations seem far-fetched, there is a level of technology being used to help people who have impairments. Often referred to as neural implants, these devices connect directly to a person’s biological brain. These “biomedical prostheses” bypass areas of the brain that no longer work because of trauma caused by such things as a stroke.

Some of the people benefiting from such brain-computer interfaces include people with sight impairments, hearing difficulties, and those with Parkinson’s. Even some forms of clinical depression have been treated with neural implants which stimulate (or block) certain regions of the brain. For instance, cochlear implants directly stimulate the auditory nerve to help people with hearing loss. There are even “brain pacemakers” which are used to ease symptoms in people with epilepsy.

But fiction and movies play up the concepts of mind control and abuse by mad scientists, the government, or the receiver of the transplant. Video games portray recipients of brain implants as being able to run faster, jump higher, think more quickly, or see better … yet they seem to always devolve into the seven deadly sins of murder, pride, gluttony, immorality, etc. at the expense of others.

Renewed Minds

The Bible speaks of enhancing our brains. Christians are called to have their minds renewed. Paul writes, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5). What mind was he speaking about? Verse four tells us, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” That’s a far cry from the plots of science fiction and cyberpunk that the entertainment industry offers to us. The highest level of brain change we can ever experience is by purposely cutting our minds off from absorbing the ways of the world and turning to Christ.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). If you are looking for a powerful “brain change," open your Bible and study the Word of God. It will enhance your mind in a way technology can never touch.

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