If you were to challenge the statement above by insisting that the evolution of the human brain puts men and women (and their unique intelligence) far above the mundane and mindless operation of digestion, I would still insist that you were completely wrong.
Human reasoning is nothing more than highly evolved digestion. Whereas the human stomach digests terrestrial or physical food, the human brain (and its mind) digests information. This is what makes the human species unique over other animals—we can digest and assimilate information in a way that animals cannot. Creative or abstract thought in the human species is nothing more than breaking down image-inputs from the world and reconstituting their deeper essences into new and more dynamic combinations. But whereas terrestrial food contributes to the support, maintenance and growth of the physical body, information serves the nutritional needs of the human spirit.
Let’s explore this analogy some more.
Both the human mind and stomach have appetite. For instance, it is often said that we hunger for knowledge (and thirst for truth). Both types of hunger, physical and mental, represent affinities. We each develop a taste for certain types of food just as we develop a taste for certain types of knowledge. These tastes are derivatives of what we love—our heart’s desires, inclinations and values.
Human nature consists of free will (love) and the intellect (discernment). Appetite belongs to the human will and its disposition (savoring). This is just half of the process. Analogies between the process of digestion and the mental process of discernment can be made between chewing, ruminating, absorbing, and even eliminating (we cast out information which has no personal value to us). The phrase “biting off more than you can chew” refers to a mental oversight and lack of mental preparation. Too much raw data can lead to mental indigestion.
These metaphors are not simply a product of poetic creativity. Each analogy represents the ontological reality and self-similarity between two distinct levels of living process – the physical and the psychical (spirit). God’s created world not only contains distinct levels but these levels all follow the same rules of causal process. They correspond to each other.
Now let’s move up a notch!
Angels have the same advantage over us humans as we do over animals. Angels possess more highly evolved mental stomachs than terrestrial humans. Why? Because angels can digest information more deeply and completely than we ground-dwellers do. Whereas we can look at the physical world and distill from it novel creative ideas, angels can take every idea of human imagination and distill it further into theological or doctrinal ideas by means of their correspondences.
How humans and angels read God’s Holy Word quite differently provides us with a good example of angelic digestive superiority. Terrestrial or worldly readers of God’s Holy Word view the sacred stories as an historical account of humankind’s relationship with God. The Seven-day Creation story in Genesis is seen by most people as a literal description of how God created the physical universe and brought humans into this world of space and time.
However, angels distill the events described in this story to a higher, spiritual interpretation. Rather than a physical event, angels can spontaneously identify the spiritual analogy contained within the storyline. Angels understand the seven days of creation in Genesis as the lawful steps by which humans are created anew by God (epigenesis).
Spiritual beings understand Sacred Scripture and its narratives as taking place within the arena of the human heart and mind (where it counts). In this way, the stories of the Bible remain relevant to people of all eras. This rarefied understanding of Scripture is sorely needed in today’s post-modern world that embraces science as having the “enlightened” view.
Angels accept the idea of evolution—but not on Darwin’s terms. Evolution is a purposeful and spiritual process. An angelic interpretation of Holy Scripture reveals that human evolution continues through the re-ordering of the human mind (which operates beyond spacetime) to adapt itself to the conditions of God’s heavenly kingdom and mutual love.
Divine Love, which is the very essence of life and universal agent in all causal processes, flows into every created form and disposes everything into God’s order—whether this is a galaxy of stars or the ideas contained within the human heart.
This is a complex topic to explain adequately in a blog post. That is why I have written a new book, titled Proving God, to show how each one of us has the spiritual capacity to live and evolve the digestive powers of angels. Right now!