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4. Pharmacology 101
Although there are some 60 different neurotransmitters in the brain, there are three that predominantly deal with our emotional well-being: Norepinephrine (NE), Dopamine (D) and Serotonin (S). If we are in a normal and balanced state in our lives (homeostasis), these neurotransmitters are functioning and doing the job the way God created and intended them, again, to keep us emotionally balanced as well as balanced in other aspects of our lives.
If we were to engage in some activity that increases too much of a flow of these neurotransmitters in our brain, (say, smoking cocaine and/or engaging in activity that inflames our sexual desire), on a continuum, we may eventually feel anxiety, mania, and eventually psychosis.
If we were to engage in activity that decreases the flow of these neurotransmitters in our brain (say, injecting heroin, smoking marijuana), on a continuum, we may eventually feel low, mild depression, and eventually, we may even experience a major depression.
Either way, when we engage in activity in which we play God with our bodies, we not only alter the divine design of how God intended for us to function, but we also create a new physiological or brain roadmap that basically compels us and takes us to the land where we crave more of what we encountered when we engaged in the unhealthy, unholy, and unintended activity that God did not want us to take part of in the first place.
Engaging in the use of drugs or mood altering behavior is the METHA + HODOS or Method of the Devil (Ephesians 6:11). He wants to disrupt the normal pathway to God to the point of creating a new pathway that leads to the interaction and eventual dependency (read: worship) of the alternative that he presents to us. The Devil would have us choose anything, anything above and over us having a right relationship with God (Ephesians 4:19).
5. Spiritual Pharmacology 101
There are 3 primary and major glands within the brain: the Pituitary gland, the Hypothalamus gland and the Pineal gland. The Pituitary gland is known as the Master gland in the body, as its function is to regulate the functioning of the other glands in the body (hormones for growth, reproduction, adrenal for energy, etc.). The Pituitary gland is triggered or set in motion by the Hypothalamus gland. For this reason, the Hypothalamus gland is often called the Master’s Master gland as it regulates temperature control in the body, food and water intake and stomach and heart activity. It is a very important gland responsible for our survival as a person.
Finally, there is the Pineal gland. The Pineal gland is called the “Master’s Master’s Master gland,” as it triggers the Hypothalamus gland to function correctly; and, as the Hypothalamus gland functions correctly, the Pituitary gland functions correctly; and if the Pituitary gland does its job, then everything functions correctly (the way God designed and intended), then the whole body will function correctly. The interesting thing though is that the Pineal gland is stimulated to function correctly by light that comes through the eyes.
What does this mean then? This means that when Jesus said in Matthew 6:22–24 (please read it) that “the eyes are the lamp of the body, and if your eyes are good, then your whole body will be full of light, and if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” So the question I have is, “What kind of light are you allowing your eyes to meet with (A TV or computer screen full of sex, drugs and rock and roll? Darkened movie theaters with screens that depict the latest ability to do violence and model other types of behavior? Computer game interaction that could tempt you to dehumanize other human beings?) Keep in mind the whole body is at stake.
6. The Plot Thickens
Galatians 5:19–21 talks about the acts or the employment (ERGON) of the sinful nature. The fifth act that is listed is the English word “witchcraft or sorcery” translated from the Greek word PHARMAKEIA, from which we get our English word, Pharmacy. The use of this word in this context means the use of medicine (inappropriately, mind you), drugs, spells, poisoning and incantations, and appeals to occult powers to, are you ready for this, quickly, intensely, and powerfully have it my way, and have it all.
The caveat with all this is that the person engages in the use of psychoactive drugs to access this (altered) state of being, seeking (in a devilishly delusional manner) to obtain “greatness,” not knowing that their behavior places them on a slow road to THANATOS – a spiritual, premature, physical death (James 1: 13 – 15). You probably noticed that the fourth word was idolatry in Galatians 5: 20. The word EIDOLON + LATRICE depicts a person who “religiously worships the created thing.” Joshua, in Joshua 24:14–15 was right. We are faced with a choice today of who we will serve: God or the false God of our own choosing. He warns us, though, that our choice carries eternal consequences.
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