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Fully Functioning Mind?

Is my mind fully functioning? (Hilarious question, i’m sure, to those who know me well enough, eh?🙂 No, this is a “serious” question!🙂 What work would a fully functioning mind effectuate? (What variety works/experiences would occupy this type of mind?)

Positive work(s)?

Negative?

Good?

Bad?

Compassionate?

Non-compassionate?

Selfish?

Selfless?

Thinking about: a so-called healthy mind v. an unhealthy mind… a perfect mind v.  an imperfect mind… do fully functioning/healthy/perfect minds make mistakes/non-compassionate/bad/poor/short-sighted choices? Sure!, e.g., first man and woman, Adam & Eve,… though, the scriptures say Eve was deci”eve”ed (yes, the correct spelling is deceived!;) and Adam “deliberately” chose to disobey God. (Did i deceive You about my so-called spelling skills because of deliberately misspelling a word (to make a point)?)

Please, Fully-Aware-Reader:) Check it out…They, A & E,  were both awake-aware…

Adam’s home was a very special paradise, a veritable garden of pleasure called Eden […], providing him with all the necessary physical things of life, for “every tree desirable to one’s sight and good for food” for his perpetual sustenance was there. (Genesis 2:9)) All around Adam were peaceful animals of every kind and description. But Adam was alone. There was no other creature ‘according to his kind’ with which to talk. Jehovah recognized that “it is not good for the man to continue by himself.” So by divine surgery, the first and only case of its kind, Jehovah took a rib from Adam and fashioned it into a female counterpart to be his wife and the mother of his children. Overjoyed with such a beautiful helper and constant companion, Adam burst forth in the first recorded poetry, “This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh,” and she was called woman “because from man this one was taken.” Later Adam called his wife Eve. (Genesis 2:18-23; 3:20) The truthfulness of this account is attested to by Jesus and the apostles.​—Mt 19:4-6; Mr 10:6-9; Eph 5:31; 1Ti 2:13.

Furthermore, Jehovah blessed these newlyweds with plenty of enjoyable work. (Compare Ec 3:13 “also that everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.” Ec. 5:18 “18  This is what I have seen to be good and proper: that one should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all the hard work at which he toils under the sun during the few days of life that the true God has given him, for that is his reward.* (or “portion”)) They were not cursed with idleness. They were to keep busy and active dressing and taking care of their garden home, and as they multiplied and filled the earth with billions of their kind, they were to expand this Paradise to earth’s limits. This was a divine mandate.​—Ge 1:27, 28 “And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 28  Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”

“God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Indeed, from the very beginning Adam was perfect in every respect. He was equipped with the power of speech and with a highly developed vocabulary. He was able to give meaningful names to the living creatures all around him. He was capable of carrying on a two-way conversation with his God and with his wife.

For all these reasons and many more, Adam was under obligation to love, worship, and strictly obey his Grand Creator. More than that, the Universal Lawgiver spelled out for him the simple law of obedience and fully informed him of the just and reasonable penalty for disobedience: “As for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.” (Ge 2:16, 17; 3:2,3 “At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden.  But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” .

Results of Sin. Eve was thoroughly deceived by Satan the Devil, but “Adam was not deceived,” says the apostle Paul. (“1 Ti 2:14 “Also, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived and became a transgressor.” ) With full knowledge Adam willfully and deliberately chose to disobey and then as a criminal he tried to hide. When brought to trial, instead of showing sorrow or regret or asking for forgiveness, Adam attempted to justify himself and pass the responsibility off on others, even blaming Jehovah for his own willful sin. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and so I ate.” ( Ge 3:7-12 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.  Later they heard the voice of Jehovah God as he was walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the face of Jehovah God among the trees of the garden.  And Jehovah God kept calling to the man and saying to him: “Where are you?” 10  Finally he said: “I heard your voice in the garden, but I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.” 11  At that he said: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?” 12  The man said: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate.” ) So Adam was cast out of Eden into an unsubdued earth that was cursed to produce thorns and thistles, there to sweat out an existence, harvesting the bitter fruits of his sin. Outside the garden, awaiting death, Adam fathered sons and daughters, the names of only three being preserved​—Cain, Abel, and Seth. To all of his children Adam passed on hereditary sin and death, since he himself was sinful.​—Ge 3:23 “With that Jehovah God expelled him from the garden of Eʹden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.” 4:1, 2, 25 “Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said: “I have produced*(or “given birth to”) a male child with the help of Jehovah.” “Later she again gave birth, to his brother Abel” “Adam again had sexual relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth*(Meaning Appointed; Put; Set) because, as she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring*(Lit., “seed”) in place of Abel, because Cain killed him.”

This was the tragic start Adam gave the human race. Paradise, happiness, and everlasting life were forfeited, and in their place sin, suffering, and death were acquired through disobedience. “Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.” “Death ruled as king from Adam down.” (Ro 5:12, 14) But Jehovah in his wisdom and love provided a “second man,” “the last Adam,” who is the Lord Jesus Christ. By means of this obedient “Son of God” the way was opened up whereby descendants of the disobedient “first man Adam” could regain Paradise and everlasting life, the church or congregation of Christ even gaining heavenly life. “For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”​—Joh 3:16, 18, Ro 6:23, 1Co 15:22, 45, 47. [excerpted Readings: “Adam” Insight Volume 1, pages 44-45]

Further readings on Eve…

Satan chose his target carefully. Eve was the youngest intelligent creature in the universe. Taking advantage of her inexperience, he set out to trick and seduce her. By hiding behind a serpent, a very cautious creature, Satan shrewdly concealed his own bold and ambitious aims. (Genesis 3:1) Consider, too, what he accomplished by making the serpent appear to speak.

First, Satan caught and riveted Eve’s attention. She knew that snakes do not talk; her husband had named all the animals, including this one, likely after careful study. (Genesis 2:19) No doubt Eve too had observed this cautious creature. So Satan’s ploy roused Eve’s curiosity; it got her to focus on the one thing in all the garden that was forbidden to her. Second, if the serpent was lurking in the limbs of the forbidden tree, what conclusion was Eve likely to draw? Might she not have reasoned that this lowly, dumb creature had itself eaten from that fruit and had thereafter been able to speak? If the fruit could do so much for a serpent, what might it do for her? We cannot know for sure what Eve thought or whether the snake had taken a bite of the fruit, but we do know that when the serpent told Eve that the fruit would make her “like God,” she was prepared to believe the lie.

Satan’s choice of words also reveals much. He sowed doubts in Eve’s mind, implying that God was holding back something good from her and needlessly restricting her freedom. The success of Satan’s scheme depended on the chance that Eve’s self-interest would outweigh her love for the God who had given her everything she had. (Genesis 3:4, 5) Tragically, Satan’s gambit worked; neither Eve nor Adam had cultivated in their own hearts the kind of love and appreciation for Jehovah that they should have. Does not Satan promote the same kind of self-interest and rationalizing today?

What, though, about Satan’s motive? What was he after? In Eden, he attempted to hide both his identity and his motive. But, in time, he revealed himself. When he tempted Jesus, he surely knew that disguises were of no use. So he directly urged Jesus: “Fall down and do an act of worship to me.” (Matthew 4:9) Evidently, Satan has long been driven by jealousy over the worship that goes to Jehovah God. He will go to any length to divert or pervert such worship. He loves to destroy integrity to God.

Clearly, the Bible reveals that Satan is a deadly strategist in seeking his aims. Happily, we need not be fooled as Eve was, “for we are not ignorant of his designs.”​—2 Corinthians 2:11. [excerpted: Why Would Satan Use a Serpent to Speak to Eve? w 11)

“Acquired through disobedience”… aka “misusing” free will and not living up to the incredible potential of a healthy-fully-functioning-perfect-mind… “sin, suffering, death”..so, what potential is acquired through obedience to the Superlative-Divine-Mind-Creator of the Healthy-Fully-Functioning-Perfect-Mind??

Just because 1 man and 1 woman chose NOT to live UP to their POTENTIAL… doesn’t mean all humans will choose the same disastrous course!!

This is not a new verse to me. I have read it countless times through the years from youth onward.  However, this is a mind-blowing meditation/thought that clicked/occurred to me (while having a conversation with Chato and last night, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the mind gym).

“After being baptized, Jesus immediately came up from the water; and look! The heavens were opened up, and he saw God’s spirit descending like a dove and coming upon him.” (Matthew 3:16)

the heavens: Can refer to the physical heavens, the sky, or the spiritual heavens. [excerpted: New World Translation Revised edition 2013 Study Bible, Gems]

heavens were opened up: God evidently caused Jesus to perceive and understand heavenly matters, which may well have included the memory of his prehuman life in heaven. [excerpted: New World Translation Revised edition 2013 Study Bible, Gems]

like a dove: Doves had both a sacred use and a symbolic meaning. They were offered as sacrifices. (Mr 11:15 “They now came to Jerusalem. There he entered the temple and started to throw out those selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,” Joh 2:14-16 “He found in the temple those selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money brokers in their seats. 15  So after making a whip of ropes, he drove all those with the sheep and cattle out of the temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.16  And he said to those selling the doves: “Take these things away from here! Stop making the house of my Father a house of commerce!””) They symbolized innocence and purity. (Mt 10:16 ““Look! I am sending you out as sheep among wolves;so prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves.”) A dove released by Noah brought an olive leaf back to the ark, indicating that the floodwaters were receding (Ge 8:11 “When the dove came to him toward evening, he saw that there was a freshly plucked olive leaf in its bill! So Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.”) and that a time of rest and peace was at hand (Ge 5:29 “He named him Noah,*(Probably meaning “Rest; Consolation”) saying: “This one will bring us comfort*(or relief) from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that Jehovah has cursed.”). Thus, at Jesus’ baptism, Jehovah may have used the dove to call attention to the role of Jesus as the Messiah, the pure and sinless Son of God who would sacrifice his life for mankind and lay the basis for a period of rest and peace during his rule as King. As God’s spirit, or active force, descended upon Jesus at his baptism, it may have looked like the fluttering of a dove as it nears its perch. [excerpted: New World Translation Revised edition 2013 Study Bible, Gems]

So, what is the information processing, etc. “capacities” and “abilities” of a fully-functioning-perfect-mind?!… the mind-blowing (to me anyway!) answer found at Matthew 3:16…”the heavens were opened up”…WOW!!:) …the ability to completely comprehend and process/perceive/understand extensively both physical/spiritual heavens… aka how the separate realms of science/spirituality intersect, work and complement…EXIST!!…plus, memory… Jesus could recall/remember in “detail” a prehuman existence filled with learning/knowledge acquired over aeons/billions of years!!!:) A spiritual glimpse of a perfect mind’s potential!!!:)

Please check this out…(previous readings)

6 According to some scientific estimates, the physical universe has existed for at least 12 billion years. If those estimates are anywhere near correct, God’s firstborn Son enjoyed close association with his Father for aeons before the creation of Adam. (Compare Micah 5:2 “And You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, The one too little to be among the thousands of Judah, From You will come out for me the one to be ruler in Israel, Whose origin is from ancient times, from the days of long ago.”) A tender and deep bond thus developed between the two of them. As wisdom personified, this firstborn Son in his prehuman existence is represented as saying: “I came to be the one [Jehovah] was specially fond of day by day, I being glad before him all the time.” (Proverbs 8: 30 “Then I was beside him as a master worker. I was the one he was especially fond of day by day, I rejoiced before Him all the time.”Surely spending countless ages in intimate association with the Source of love had a profound effect on God’s Son! (1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.”) This Son came to know and reflect his Father’s thoughts, feelings, and ways as no one else could.​—Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father,and no one fully knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.”

7 God’s Son had more to learn, for Jehovah’s purpose was to equip his Son to be a compassionate High Priest, able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” (Hebrews 4:15) To meet the requirements for this role was one of the reasons the Son came to earth as a human. Here, as a man of flesh and blood, Jesus was exposed to circumstances and influences that he previously had only observed from heaven. Now he was able to experience human feelings  and emotions firsthand. At times he felt tired, thirsty, and hungry. (Matthew 4:2 “After he had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, he felt hungry.” John 4:6, 7 “In fact, Jacob’s well was there. Now Jesus, tired out as he was from the journey, was sitting at the well. It was about the sixth hour.A woman of Sa·marʹi·a came to draw water. Jesus said to her: “Give me a drink.”) Even more, he endured all manner of hardships and suffering. He thus “learned obedience” and became completely qualified for his role as High Priest.​—Hebrews 5:8-10 “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.  And after he had been made perfect, he became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him, 10  because he has been designated by God a high priest in the manner of Mel·chizʹe·dek.”

14 The personality of Jesus that emerges from the Gospels is that of a man of tender warmth and deep feelings. He displayed; a broad range of emotional responses: pity for a leper (Mark 1:40, 41); grief over an unresponsive people (Luke 19:41, 42); righteous indignation at greedy money changers (John 2:13-17). A man of empathy, Jesus could be moved to tears, and  he did not hide his emotions. When his dear friend Lazarus had died, the sight of Mary, Lazarus’ sister, weeping touched Jesus so deeply that he gave way to tears himself, crying in full view of others.​—John 11:32-36 “When Mary arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, she fell at his feet and said to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33  When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he groaned within himself and became troubled. 34  He said: “Where have you laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” 35  Jesus gave way to tears.36  At that the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he had for him!”.

15 Jesus’ tender feelings were especially evident in the way he viewed and treated others. He reached out to the poor and oppressed, helping them to ‘find refreshment for their souls.’ (Matthew 11:4, 5, 28-30) He was not too busy to respond to the needs of the afflicted, whether a hemorrhaging woman who quietly touched his garment or a blind beggar who would not be silenced, he was also willing to offer reproof when needed. (Matthew 16:23; John 1:47; 8:44) At a time when women enjoyed few rights, Jesus treated them with a balanced measure of dignity and respect. (John 4:9, 27) Understandably, a group of women willingly ministered to him from their own belongings.​—Luke 8:23.

16 Jesus had a balanced view of life. Material things were not of primary importance to him. Materially, it seems, he had very little. He said that he had “nowhere to lay down his head.” (Matthew 8:20) At the same time, Jesus added to the joy of others. When he attended a wedding feast​—typically an event marked by music, singing, and rejoicing—​it is clear that he was not there to cast a pall over the occasion. Indeed, Jesus performed his first miracle there. When the wine ran out, he turned water into fine wine, a beverage that “makes the heart of mortal man rejoice.” (Psalm 104:15; John 2:1-11) The festivities could thus continue, and the bride and groom were no doubt spared embarrassment. His balance is further reflected in that there are far more occasions mentioned when Jesus worked long and hard in his ministry.​—John 4:34 “Jesus said to them: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

17 Jesus was a Master Teacher. Much of his teaching reflected the realities of everyday life, with which he was well acquainted. (Matthew 13:33; Luke 15:8 “Or what woman who has ten drachma coins, if she loses one of the drachmas, does not light a lamp and sweep her house and search carefully until she finds it?”) His manner of teaching was matchless​—ever clear, simple, and practical. Even more significant is what he taught. His teachings reflected his heartfelt desire to acquaint his listeners with the thoughts, feelings, and ways of Jehovah.​—John 17:6-8 “I have made your name manifest*(or known) to the men whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have observed your word.  Now they have come to know that all the things you gave me are from you;  because I have given them the sayings that you gave me, and they have accepted them and have certainly come to know that I came as your representative, and they have believed that you sent me.” [excerpted: Getting to Know the Mind of Christ] {WOW!! imagine having a representative like Jesus!}

Perhaps ? more on this topic “fully-functioning-minds” another time…:)

WHEW!…THANKS for bearing with me Reader:)

3/17/18 @ 8:36 p.m.

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