Such thinking raises interesting questions, for instance, Did Christ:
- see a person before him as a complete, yet separately definable, combination of flesh, mind and soul?,
- see the ultimate destiny of the person’s soul, of their means of death (John 21:19)
- observe not the immediacy of outer appearance – cloth and flesh - but a cloud of atoms that made up the clothing and the flesh,
- indeed, as an extension of the notion of a cloud of atoms, did Christ see the mass of DNA of bacteria in a person’s gut (said to be a greater mass of DNA than in a person themselves),
- understand the influence of gut flora on a person’s behaviour or overall health,
- see cancerous cells and other maladies – not the immediate subject of the healing he addressed,
- perceive a person’s malady at the sub-atomic level of erroneously aligned matter.
In the absence of Christ a paralytic simply does not rise and take his mat. Much physiotherapy is needed to ensure that muscle, bone and tendons strengthen. The brain needs to re-form sensory maps. Calcium needs to be absorbed and transported within the body and laid down into bone. Learning, or re-learning, needs to be accompanied with rest. Christ healed holistically and at a depth of interaction of organic matter that modern medicine cannot yet address. Is it not implausible that in healing Christ treated the root cause. Did Christ order, and indeed bring into position, individual atoms that make up cells? Was he performing a min-act of creation?
So, in healing lifelong blindness (John 9), did Jesus first perceive that a very limited number of nerve fibres or neural pathways were in error? That is, the man’s eyes may have been sound yet the vision they took in may not have been processed by the brain. It is important question in that Christ involves his patients in their healing – the man born blind of John 9 is sent to wash – does the act of being involved in the healing positively lend to the outcome? That is, could neural pathways only set if the person was disposed to such a thing?
The Bible does not specifically talk of atoms and knowledge of atoms is relatively new. An understanding of gut flora and its influence is newer still. We may not fully know of how to perceive and treat people at an atomic level but Christ could have.
(This video gives a view on the world that opens
one's eyes as to how the invisible can be made visible)
These are wonderful thoughts. Praise be to God of Creation.
Note 1: all links good as at 16 June 2017
Note 2: this was written after hearing a speculative item on radio that pointed to how mental health issues, such as depression, may one day be treated not of the head, but, of the digestive system.