The Law of the Mind

THE LAW OF THE MIND

  GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. I. INTRODUCTION – THE HUMAN BRAIN IS QUITE A MARVELOUS ORGAN (SOME FACTS). HOW DOES OUR BRAIN RELATE TO OUR MIND? ARE THEY THE SAME THING?  SOME COMPARE OUR BRAIN (MIND) TO A COMPUTER BUT IN MANY WAYS IT IS FAR SUPERIOR TO A COMPUTER.  WHEN WE ACCESS A COMPUTER WE ONLY INTERACT WITH THE ACTUAL HARDWARE (CPU, MEMORY, DISK DRIVE, AND MONITOR) THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT SOME PROGRAMMER HAS WRITTEN FOR SOME SPECIFIC PURPOSE.  THE HUMAN MIND IS MUCH MORE COMPLEX THAN A COMPUTER.  IT CAN RECALL MEMORIES, IMAGES, PEOPLE, ETC BY ASSOCIATION WHEREAS A COMPUTER FETCHES DATA USING A SPECIFIC ADDRESS.  TEXT: LUKE 6:45 nKJV

 II)     AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART SO IS HE   (PROVERBS 23:7A)

A)    IF WE STORE LUSTFUL, ANGRY, VINDICTIVE, WORTHLESS, INACCURATE OR EVEN NEGATIVE INFORMATION INTO OUR MINDS THAT IS BECOMES THE DATA WE THINK ON, TALK ABOUT AND ACT UPON AND MAKE DECISION WITH.

B)    JESUS called the pharisees whitEWASHED graves:  Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

C)    jesus SPOKE more about THIS IN Mat 15:11,17-20:  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. …..17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

II)    WHAT ARE SOME OF WAYS OUR MIND BECOMES CONTANIMATED & CORRUPTED?

A)    internet, tV SHOWS, MOVIES OR MAGAZINES WE LOOK AT WHICH DISPLAY GRAPHIC VIOLENT & SEXUAL IMAGES, MUSIC WE LISTEN TO WITH VIOLENT, ANGRY OR SEXY LYRICS

B)    BOYS CAN BECOME ADDICTED TO PORN AT THE AGE OF 9 OR 10 (TALK ABOUT TRIGGERS)

C)    GIRLS AT THE AGE OF 9 OR 10 LEARN TO DRESS AND ACT SEXY & SENSUAL

D)    THE AMERICAN TEENAGER WHO WATCHS CABLE TV & GOES TO MOVIES IS EXPOSED TO OVER 14,000 IMAGES HAVING STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT A YEAR

E)    FAMILY AND FRIENDS WE HANG OUT WITH THAT ARE ANGRY, NEGATIVE, VINDICTIVE, RACISTS, MATERIALISTIC OR SHALLOW

F)    HOBBIES CAN BE GOOD BUT THEY SHOULD NOT CONSUME LIFE: HUNTING, FISHING, GOLF, GOING TO AUTO RACES, LEAVING NO TIME / MONEY FOR GOD

 III)   what can you do about it? steps to cleanse (flush) your mind

A)    ask god’s forgiveness & help (your body is the temple of the holy spirit)

B)    identify & stop the source of contamination (tv, movies, books, magazines)

C)    stop hanging around the “wrong” crowd, negative individuals

D)    take out the garbage: cleanse your mind with god’s word & good daily devotionals: “my utmost for his hightest”

E)    GUARD YOUR HEART: Pro 4:23 NIV:  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.

II)    SOME PRACTICAL WAYS TO GUARD YOUR HEART   (MIND)

A)    quit worrying about things you cannot change: Phi 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

B)     “THINK ON THINGS WHICH ARE NOBLE, GOOD, PURE, ADMIRABLE…” Phi 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

C)    SPEND YOUR LEASURE TIME WITH GODLY FRIENDS:  2Co 6:14-15(niv)  Do not be YOKED together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

D)    PRAY & READ & MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD: Psa 119:9-11 (NIV)  How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Brain Facts:

* The adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds (1,300 – 1,400 g).
* The adult human brain is about 2% of the total body weight, but consumes 20% of the blood’s oxygen supply.
* The average human brain is about 140 mm (w) x 167 mm (l) x 93 mm (h).
* The total surface area of the cerebral cortex is about 2200 sq. cm (2.5 sq. ft.)
* The world record for time without sleep is 264 hours (11 days) bye Randy Gardner in 1965.
* Unconsciousness will occur after 8 – 10 seconds after loss of blood supply to the brain.
* Neurons multiply at a rate 250,000 neurons/minute during early pregnancy.
* The weight of an adult human cerebellum is 150 g.
* The total volume of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced everyday.
* Cerebrospinal fluid is normally clear and colorless.
* There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves.
* There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves.
* There are about 13,500,00 neurons in the human spinal cord.
* The human spinal cord is 45 cm long in men and 43 cm long in women.
* Humans can hear in the range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
* The most sensitive range of human hearing is between 1,000 – 4,000 Hz.
* Pain occurs when sounds are above 130 db.
* Hearing damage can occur if people are exposed to sounds above 90db for an extended period of time.
* The total number of human taste buds (tongue, palate, cheeks) is about 10,000.
* The total number of human olfactory receptor cells is about 40 million.
* There are 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for a “typical” neuron.
* The cell bodies of neurons vary in diameter from 4 microns to 100 microns
* 85% of the brain is water.
* The brain has no pain receptors.
* Headaches are not actually in the brain, but occur in the vascular system around the brain or muscles of the skull.
* A baby’s brain has its full complement of neurons by the sixth month of gestation. The brain grows at a rate of more than 13,000 neurons per seconds up to this time.
* It is estimated that there are between 100 – 200 billion neurons in the brain.
* The number of possible different combinations of synaptic connections among neurons in a single human brain is larger than the total number of atomic particles that make up the known universe.
* Cholesterol makes up 15% of the brain by dry weight.
* Peppermint makes you more alert.
* In many elderly people, brain fails before lungs or kidneys do.
* 90% of people in nursing homes suffer from moderate to serious cognitive function.
* 1/2 of 85+ have Alzheimer’s disease.
* Brain begins to shrink around the age of 30 due to neuronal loss.
* Men lose brain tissues more significantly than women (approximately 3 times faster)
* From ages between the age of 40 to 50, there is an approximately 2% decrease in overall brain weight.
* Limbic system’s hippocampus and amygdala shrinks about 20 – 25% by 60 years of age.
* 25 – 30 % of 80 years olds performed as well as young on cognitive tests.
* More than 6 million of 65+ will experience depression
* 50% of older Americans believe depression as part of aging.

Pornified America–The Culture of Pornography

Monday, August 22, 2005

“For most of my life, I gave little thought to pornography. It was not something I considered relevant to me, nor did I consider it–in the daunting spectrum of social, cultural, and political problems–a particularly pressing issue facing this country,” recalls Pamela Paul, author of Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. Her new book is likely to attract attention as it represents one of the few comprehensive reports on how pornography has transformed American culture.

Paul, a contributor to TIME magazine and other major journals, developed her interest in the cultural impact of pornography when she was asked to write about the subject for TIME. “Like many Americans, I believed pornography was no big deal,” she explains. Nevertheless, her experience writing about pornography for TIME changed everything. “My eyes were blown open,” Paul now remembers.

What Pamela Paul discovered was that pornography is not merely a major player in the economy. Now, it has become an engine for transforming the entire culture–and corrupting countless lives.

Paul describes contemporary American culture as “pornographied” because porn is now literally everywhere. The users are no longer just fraternity boys and those written off as “dirty old men.” Now, the users of virtually unrestricted porn include children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. The victims include not only those whose lives, marriages, relationships, careers, and sexuality are corrupted, but also everyone involved in the vast pornography industry at every stage.

A sense of historical development adds credibility to Paul’s analysis. She recognizes that some forms of pornography have been a part of human culture since antiquity. A quick look at the various sculpture galleries in the British Museum should be sufficient to prove that point. Nevertheless, she recognizes that today’s pervasively pornified culture represents something new. Even in her own life span, Paul can note the development. “Men and women who came of age during the sixties, seventies, or eighties, or whose experience with pornography dates to those eras, think of pornography in terms of gauzy centerfolds, outre sexuality, women’s liberation, and the Hugh Hefner lifestyle. Back then, the lines between softcore and hardcore pornography were clear and distinguishable.”

We now face a very different reality. “Today, pornography is so seamlessly integrated into popular culture that embarrassment or surreptitiousness is no longer part of the equation.” As she observes, millions of today’s teenage boys would simply roll their eyes when confronted with what would have been considered explicitly pornographic just a few years ago.

Paul’s analysis looks at the impact of pornography on both men and women. While increasing numbers of women are involved with pornography in various ways–as producers, users, distributors, and victims–the major users of sexual pornography are men, both young and old.

The statistics are truly frightening. According to industry studies, seventy percent of eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-old men visit pornographic sites in a typical month. These young men represent something like one-fourth of all visitors to pornography sites on the Internet. The next largest group of users are young men in their twenties and thirties, 66 percent of whom report being regular users of pornography.

The appeal of pornography to teenage boys and young men is clear. Highly interested in sex, young males find their way into patterns of sexual excitement and arousal by being introduced to what, for most boys, are soft-core pornographic images–at least at first. Before long, pornography becomes a sexual whirlpool, pulling users into deeper and deeper habits and into more and more extreme versions of pornography.

The pornography industry understands that pornographic images desensitize viewers over time. Therefore, regular users of pornography–especially on the Internet–fuel their patterns of arousal and sexual excitement by expanding their “menu” of pornographic subjects and images.

Today’s average teenage boy is likely to have seen thousands of explicit sexual images, ranging across the spectrum of sexualities and perversions. Many of these boys and young men are driven by sexual fantasies that previous generations of young men would not even have known to imagine. In the language of contemporary academic jargon, the “transgressive” has become the normative.

The economic incentives are a big part of the pornography industry, Paul understands. According to the trade publication Adult Video News, one in every five videos were categorized as “adult” almost twenty years ago. Now, Americans rent more than 800 million pornographic videos and DVDs per year–about twenty percent of all rentals. At least 11,000 pornographic videos are produced annually, amounting to revenue for the adult film industry estimated at between five and ten billion dollars per year.

 

 

 

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