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The Transformation of the “Mind” =

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The Transformation of the “Mind” = Nous

Integrated Mind

Nous is normally translated as “mind” in the New Testament, but implies more than the modern view of “mind” -- in modern times “we think about thinking in a very shrunken manner.”
When Paul refers to the transformation of our minds in Romans 12, he means something much richer than what we think of as “mind.”
Nous does not contain the dichotomy between:

  • “thought” vs. “action”

  • “head” vs. “heart”

  • “left brain” vs. “right brain”

Nous is integrated mind (“left and right brain,” “head and heart,” “head and feet” together).
A New Way of Knowing

The New Age has also brought to us “a new way of knowing, which is being known and loved by God, and hence being set free to know and love one another in the world, to relate appropriately to one another and to the world.”

God’s Wisdom Become Human and Dwelling in Our Midst

Wisdom in the Jewish Wisdom Tradition includes a broad range of knowledge – from simple, basic knowledge such as how to boil an egg, all the way to the name of God and to how to relate within family and work.
In Ecclesiasticus (also called The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach), Wisdom asks where shall I go and live? And Wisdom decides to live in the temple as “the revelation of the way it is for God’s people.”
The New Testament picks up on this image. Jesus is God’s wisdom becoming human, God’s thought becoming human. John speaks of God’s logos (God’s word and idea together) becoming human and dwelling in our midst (a temple image) and we beholding his glory (another temple image).

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