Ever since Ronald Reagan and then a member of my church fought with Alzheimers, I started trying to wrestle with the effect of a brain altering disease on a person– his identity, his ability to function and how all of that relates to his salvation and his state with God. Seriously, if what we think makes us who we are, if I’m effected by a disease that changes what I think, am I who I was? How does the fact that a person can no longer remember their friends, family, etc. effect that person? Many say that the person is totally different, like a child.
Last night, I may have found part of the key to my question about how that person relates to God. It was hiding in Daniel 4. In this chapter, we have an account from King Nebuchadnezzar about what God showed him in a dream and then what happened to him. He was given the mind of a beast for 7 years in what I believe was his opportunity to believe on the one true God– and I believe that Christians will see him in Heaven someday.
The interesting part of this study for me was that God gave Nebuchadnezzar a brain debilitating disease that totally changed his identity– and yet at the other side he was able to make conclusions about God and his power– he wasn’t totally absent from his surroundings.
Should you or someone you know go through this, it’s important to remember that God is in control, and that person will be restored– if not here, than in Heaven.
I’d be open to hear what you think on this one (as I’m always).