Even though I had seen this object, I never really knew what it was until I enrolled in Logic at the University. Then the professor explained that it was designed to show how ideas can interact with each other in various ways, and was called the Venn Diagram. This led me to put BODY in one circle, MIND in another circle, and SPIRIT in the last circle. Then I searched the Scriptures to see what the body shared with the spirit in their interaction; what the spirit shared with the mind and what the body shared with the mind and vice versa. But in the center I wanted to look for what all three meant to each other. I also did this with the Trinity. It was a real learning experience. For me the MIND involves the ego, emotions, and will – our psychological perspective of self-consciousness as it relates to others. The SPIRIT involves super-ego, intuition, conscience and fellowship – our spiritual perspective of God-consciousness as it relates to the divine. And the BODY involves the id, senses, needs, and wants – our physiological perspective of world-consciousness as it relates to the environment. So how do they all relate to each other when an incident happens that affects just one. In other words, how does the mind and spirit cope with a bodily issue, and how do they interact with each other? To often, especially during times of trial and temptation, we concentrate only on one aspect of our being, instead of realizing how anything we do or say affects the whole organism. Just like colors in the same diagram, when combined together they mutate into a totally different shade of the two colors involved. It also depends on how much of each color is involved. So the next time, as a born again believer, you deal with an issue of importance or something more mundane, just ask yourself how your being and your decision or lack of decision may impact the other two parts of your being, and then all three combined. It may help you make up your mind in a more conscientious way. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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