Biological paradigm

My statement: Our brain and personality traits/disposition are intertwined and affects our behavior. If someone subscribes to the biological paradigm, a teacher might think that due to a student’s biological state, that he or she is incapable of change/learning. For instance, many of the specialized classes for public school students with behavioral disorders have curriculum that is several grades below the capability of some students. A few middle school classes show cartoon videos and have the students draw pictures or play games all day.

In addition, someone with the biological paradigm mindset might be limited in their understanding of God’s power to change individuals. Simply because someone is born with a certain disposition does not mean that it dictates the rest of his or her life. I often think of the passage in Exodus (4:10-12): “But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.” “Who makes mouths?” the LORD asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say” (NLT).

From T.K.: I agree that the biological paradigm predisposes educators to limiting students. And I’m wondering if the BP not only limits our understanding of God’s power to change lives, but in reality locks him out. The approach smacks of a deistic view … “God has left the building.” What do you think? Am I taking this too far?

My Response: I guess people who think God is incapable of changing anyone might be the same people who think God is no longer involved with the world He created. That would be the logical assumption since the opposite is true—if people believe that God is capable of changing someone then they most likely believe that God is still involved with His creation.

We are marred image bearers of God and only God can “fix” it. John 9 illustrates that people thought sin was something one DID, but we know that sin is something we are born with (John 8:7, Rom. 3:23, 1 John 1:10). Jesus is the only one who can take those sins away (2 Cor. 5:21).

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