Consider the theology of the redemption/resurrection of the physical body. How does this apply to the brain and what difference does it make as you minister to those struggling with addiction?
This student believes that all humans are complex beings and our fall from God’s original plan and will for us complicate our existence with brokenness on every level of life. And part of human complexity involves deficiencies in our bodies and minds. On the physical level, the human brain is no doubt the most complicated organ in the body.
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Drugs and alcohol are the most severe forms of addiction, but there are many other insidious strongholds or habits that cause the disintegration of relationships, creativity, and productivity as well as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual destruction. Addictive behavior is common. A person’s nature is to abuse. Anything can become a stronghold (addiction). Once a behavior becomes an addiction, it controls a person’s life, thoughts, and actions. It happens when, for whatever reason, a person begins to take a substance that makes them feel good. The behavior begins to form a neural pathway across a cluster of neurons in the brain. The more the behavior is reinforced by the stimulus, the deeper the pathway, thereby forming a behavior or a habit and leads to the addiction. Addictions are strongholds that stem from works of the flesh. They are spiritual problems that manifest themselves in the flesh. Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Spiritual considerations must enter the picture for those who counsel the whole person based on truth. We are equally spiritual beings with a God-directed need for living in and under the will of our Creator. A holistic approach to counseling shaped by Scripture respects all dimensions of personhood in view of the image of God in humans and in the context of creation, fall, redemption and final restoration.
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