God and the brain
The human brain has 100 billion brain cells or neurons in a network of trillions of synapses — the juncture where a signal passes from one nerve cell to another.
That’s like having our own personal universe, and like the universe, Christians believe, it is the creation of God. Therein lies the age-old question between creationism and evolution that has never been fully explained to satisfy both Christians and scientists.
A way around the mystery is simply to note that, if God didn’t create the brain, he certainly resides in the brain.
The first examples of humans believing in God or gods go back 35,000 years when primitive humans buried their dead with valuable items to take with them, so to speak, on the journey ahead, indicating a belief in an afterlife. [Source]
If you believe in God, he-she-it exists in your brain, not, I contend, in a mythical, magical heavenly realm. And if you want to continue to believe in a God and live a godly life, following for example the teachings of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount,* keep your brain intact.
You can get by with killing off a few million brain cells with alcohol or drugs, but if you, say, blow your brains out with a shotgun, you most definitely kill God, and (again I suggest, although I’d give anything to believe otherwise) there is nothing else — just total unconsciousness in an emptiness of nothingness. Not only are you brain-dead, you are God-dead.
Human beings are, I suspect, nothing more or less than passing fancies on a speck of invisible dust in a scientific universe, possibly a multiverse, and notwithstanding what the poet E.E. Cummings wrote—
‘listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go’
—there is no other universe we can go to, not in our lifetime or in anyone’s lifetime.
Just hang onto what is what it is.
2 thoughts on “The Holy Brain”
But how did the human brain come into existence in the first place? There must be a God to create it.
Certainly that is the most popular view, held by about 80 percent of the population. God’s creation of Man (and brain etc etc) is clearly stated in Genesis. Then there is the scientific view of evolution — in the case of the brain, a truly miraculous and almost unbelievable piece of work, which again tends to lead one back to God. Therein lies the third view — a gray area between religion and science that leaves the entire matter still open to question. So, in answer to your question, yes, the brain could be (not must be) the work of God. Or it could be, in the most complex manner imaginable, the miracle of evolution.