While most neuroscientists still maintain that human consciousness is going to be found somewhere in the brain’s firing neurons, others are less sure. More and more today there is support for what CS Lewis concluded in Miracles when he wrote. “The rational and moral element in each human mind is a point of force from the Supernatural working its way into Nature .…” These ethical and moral impulses are likely “conditioned” by the brain’s “receiving set,” but they are “not originated by it” (Miracles 62).
And I would not stop with Lewis’ rationality and morality as being something originating outside of nature, something divine. Our faith, our very need to worship and to believe in something beyond ourselves, takes shape and sureness in God-inspired thought. And so our walk with the Lord is really not earthbound at all. It is a spiritual journey, conditioned by the interplay between our physical brain and our spiritual consciousness.
What an amazing moment it is for each human being, the moment when we are first aware that we are a conscious, individual being, separate from other people and separate from the world. In this very initial moment, whether we realize it or not, we begin to turn away from this temporary natural life and “fix our eyes” on eternity. As Paul wrote: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV 2 Cor. 4: 18). (excerpt from Living Strong, chapter 59)