The connection between the spirit and the brain and body is known only to God. The moral and spiritual consequences of tampering with the brain and nervous system through drugs could be far worse than the physical dangers. Consider depression, for example. Drugs too often mask the real need and hinder one from turning to Christ for the spiritual solution that can be found only in Him. In pursuing a chemical solution, science ignores (because it cannot deal with it) what ought to be the first priority: getting right with God through the redemption, which is in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. His incarnation united God and man in His own person; and He brings that reconciliation and union with the human spirit when He is received as Savior and invited to dwell there. Christianity (unlike Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam) is not a set of rules for one to follow in one’s own strength. Only Christ can live in Him. Note the wonder of what Paul said: “[I]t pleased God…to reveal his Son in me” (Galatians:1:15-16). He wants to reveal His Son in us as well. That’s what Christianity is.
The indwelling of Christ within the human spirit is as great a mystery as the Incarnation itself. To those who trust Him and obey His Word, He becomes their very life: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians:2:20); “ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians:3:3).
Obviously, the Spirit of Christ within needs no help from psychotherapy or drugs. What we need above all is to trust, obey, and rejoice in Him. Nor does Christ promise an easy path. The Christian life is beset by trials and temptations and conflicts between the flesh and the Spirit, allowed by God to test us to see whether or not we will really trust and obey Him. As He told Israel: “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger…that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth many live” (Deuteronomy:8:2-3).
Without the incarnation, mankind was doomed eternally. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans:3:23); and “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord” (Romans:6:23). We believe in Christ as our Savior from the penalty of sin. Let us also trust Him fully as the One who indwells us and will overcome sin in our lives. May we rejoice in “the riches of the glory of this mystery…Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians:1:27)!