Aging and Memory Loss
The human brain’s neurons peak around the age of 20. At 40 years of age, people begin to notice that it is more difficult to recall people’s names, or do more than one thing at a time: the cortex starts to shrink.
The hippocampus deteriorates with age; hormones and proteins decline with age; blood flow to the brain decreases with age: these all brings changes to memory and cognitive skills.
Forgetting what you went into the kitchen for, where you put the car keys, or where you parked the car at the store, or that important appointment, or details of a conversation, or remembering what you just read; are all normal with age. Aging leaves so many things resting just “on the tip of your tongue.”
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Did you know that God has memory lapses?
- Hebrews 8:12, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
- Hebrews 10:16-17, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them in their minds. Then He adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
- Psalm 103:12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
- Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
God knows all things, yet because of his blood covenant with those who believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life; he chooses to see the righteous blood of Christ instead of our sins.
- I John 1:7, “…the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
- Micha 7:19, “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!”
God’s record of your sins are written on a ‘Etch A Sketch’…the second you ask him to forgive you; he turns it upset down, shakes it, turns it right side up: your slate is clean.
- Humans will age and forget due to sin eating away at the brain’s cells.
- God, who never ages, will only forget by seeing your sins covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. If your sins are not covered by Christ’s Blood, they must be judged at the White Throne Judgment. As a believer, your sins are already judged by Christ and sent ahead of you, as forgiven for eternity. (I Timothy 5:24)
Now, if we can only learn to forget that which God has already forgotten.