If someone calls you thick-headed because of your Christian beliefs, agree with them. It’s not only Biblical as Jesus tells us to agree quickly with our adversary (Mathew 5:25) , but it’s also true.
And, it’s not a bad thing.
Myrna Weissman — a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University in the U.S. — said her research shows people of faith have a thicker cortex compared to those who are not.
The cortex is the gray folding matter that surrounds the brain. Portions of the cortex control such areas as emotions, perception and language.
In an interview with Reuters, Weissman said:
“Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new imaging techniques we can begin to see this. The brain is an extraordinary organ. It not only controls, but is controlled by our moods.”
Earlier research showed people with a thinner cortex have an increased risk of depression. Conversely, other research indicated religious people suffer from less depression. So it’s no coincidence that people with faith have a thicker cortex.
In her study, Weissman questioned 103 people to find their level of religiousness. She also asked them how often they attended religious activities.
All were either children or grand children of people who had participated in earlier studies on depression. Weissman broke them into two groups — those with a history of depression in their family and those without.
She then scanned their brains to discover the thickness of each person’s cortex. She found that people who considered themselves religious had a thicker one. The thickness was most noticeable in those who considered themselves religious and belonged to the group with a family depression.
The study indicates faith not only has a spiritual dimension to it, but a physical one as well. The body likes faith.
Many Christians believe that a person’s life changes when they are born again — believing Jesus died for their sins. Though this changes our eternal destiny from hell to heaven, more is required to change your life.
In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul writes:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (NASV)
We read in this verse that a Christian’s transformation actually takes place as people renew their mind — change the way we think.
The word “transformed” is the Greek word “metamorphoo.” It is made up of two words “meta’ which means “change” and “morphs” which means “form” — literally “changing form.” In this verse, it’s in the present continuous tense which means it is an ongoing process. The same Greek word is used to describe Jesus’ transfiguration (Matthew 17:2).
It is also the word from which we get the English word “metamorphosis” that describes how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.
During metamorphosis, a caterpillar dissolves in the safety of a cocoon and re-forms into a butterfly. The transformation is so complete, the two creatures need a completely different diet to survive.
It is a similar change that God wants Christians to go through. However, to complete this transformation we need to change the way we think.
This transformation not only involves believing God for all areas of our life, but perhaps more challenging believing what God says about us.
The following are just a few verses describing how God see you. We need read them, meditate on them and finally believe them:
YOU are a child of God
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (John 1:12 NASV)
YOU are a friend of Jesus
No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 NASV)
YOU are a fellow-heir with Christ
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:17 NASV)
YOU are accepted by Christ
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7 NASV)
YOU are the temple of the Holy Spirit
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19 NASV)
YOU are a new creature in Christ
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASV)
YOU are the righteousness of God in Christ
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASV)
YOU are chosen, holy, and blameless
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless beforeHim. In love (Ephesians 1:4 NASV)