Romans 8:5-13

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mind Over Matter

Hope For All Times

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

Star Trek fans are likely familiar with the concept of “mind meld.” The term, first used in the Star Trek television series in 1966, describes the telepathic ability possessed by Vulcans to link with another individual. It allowed for an intimate exchange of thoughts, memories, and feelings thus, in essence, enabling the participants to become one mind, sharing a common consciousness. Though mind meld is a fictitious process, the concept of “mind over matter” has been the subject of extensive psychological scientific research for years. The expression “mind over matter” describes situations in which a person seems to be able to control events, physical objects, or the condition of their own body using their minds. Most of the research suggests a large part of good health is simply a case of mind over matter.

Since humans are such an easily distracted species, we have long-since desired ways to regulate our own attention. Though much of this research is deeply embedded in the predominately secular humanistic field of psychology, according to Paul, there are some spiritual implications for believers. Paul wrote that our minds are in conflict between two different natures, the flesh and the spiritual. With the assistance of the Holy Spirit, it is possible to refocus our minds from the flesh, the animal appetites and selfish impulses leading to death and turmoil, and redirect them to the spiritual, the word of God and the needs of others leading to life and peace. Simple psychology suggests we have a choice on what to focus—the temporal or the eternal. Focusing on the eternal will enable us to have a type of Vulcan mind meld with our Creator and enable a deeper relationship with Him.