An Italian Neuroscientist, Sergio Canavero, announced this week that human head transplants are now possible! I will spare you the gory details except to say it could happen within two years and should involve, in his opinion, someone who has a fully-functioning brain but who suffers from a severe bodily malady like progressive muscular dystrophies or genetic and metabolic disorders (“The Independent,” via Times Of India, 7/3/13).
We could debate the ethics of this, ponder whether Italian neuroscientists just have too much time on their hands, or discuss how realistic the possibility of this is. We might also ask whether or not we should do something just because we have figured out how. While the news out of Italy may seem like science fiction, there is a spiritual need for us to change our “head.”
Too many are riddled with guilt and beset by negative thinking and pessimism. Christians ought not be fatalists. That is a worldly point of view. We have hope (Rom. 5:2) as well as the power of God (cf. Eph. 1:19) to help us cope.
Too many are consumed with lust and fleshly desires. Christians should not be enslaved to such passions. This is deadly and destructive. God can help us, as we will it, to have a clean heart and new spirit within us (Ps. 51:10).
Too many are weighted down with jealousy and envy. They cannot trust, even when they have no reason to suspect and distrust. God can help us cope with these feelings and whatever drives them (cf. Gal. 5:24-26).
Too many are eaten up with anger, hatred, and bitterness. The reverses of life, both real and imagined, can ruin our character. We can feed our grudges until they become a gargantuan monster that turns on us and devours us. God can help us cultivate a forgiving mind, letting go of resentment and allowing Him to transform us (Eph. 4:31-32).
You get the idea. In our own individual ways, we are all “head cases.” We have spiritual struggles in our hearts and minds, things that need changed into the image of Christ. Thank God that He is the Great Physician who has been successfully doing His superior kind of “head transplants” since the beginning of time!