Research: Brain recognizes reality of God

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (

DNA strandResearchers have uncovered scientific evidence that the human brain recognizes the existence of God.

Scientists have discovered that the reality of God is hardwired into the human brain — even by those who are not taught directly taught about Him — according to new research divulged by National Geographic.

Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation Executive Director Shaheen E. Lakhan, who holds numerous doctorate degrees, including an M.D. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, contends that something that has been revealed by the Bible for millennia is now recognized by modern science.

"Psychologists and anthropologists deemed that children left to their own devices would have some conception of God,” Dr. Lakhan explains, according to Charisma News. “Some attribute this to our innate sense of detecting patterns in the world (as to discern predators or prey in nature), while others propagate the notion of a 'supersense' — or a cognitive tendency to infer hidden forces in the world working for good or ill."

The Bible said it all along …

The former Harvard University professor argues something that will be discussed at a roundtable discussion slated to air on National Geographic — something that corroborates the teachings found in the New Testament.

A Closer Look“[W]hat may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” —Romans 1:19─20

The neuroscientist’s assertions support the work of Andrew Newberg, M.D., who is the director of research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College. Newberg  is renowned for being a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences — a field also known as neurotheology.

After conducting numerous studies on the brain, Newberg has analyzed what actually takes place when a person prays or meditates.

“[After eight weeks of prayer], they had improvements of about 10 or 15 percent," the neurosurgeon told NPR in an interview.  "This is only after eight weeks at 12 minutes a day, so you can imagine what happens in people who are deeply religious and spiritual and are doing these practices for hours a day for years and years."

In his book, How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, and Why God Won't Go Away, Newberg highlights and explains many of his findings that connect the brain to God. He maintains that this connection is definitely beneficial to man.

"People frequently meditate or pray as a way of keeping themselves calm during procedures,” the brain expert and author points out. “We know for sure that meditation and prayer help reduce depression, anxiety and blood pressure.”

The neurotheologian explains how the physical is interlinked with the spiritual and that the results of man’s communion with God are not just temporal, but long-lasting.

“They basically alter the physiology of the person and, in most cases, in positive ways,” Newberg attests. “This happens certainly in the moment. But people have also found that a lot of these effects are persistent."

Undeniable fact?

The presence of God is something that many people who reject religion — and the expression of faith — cannot help but admit.

Atheist Elizabeth King cannot deny the concept of God’s existence in her mind.

"The idea of God pesters me and makes me think that maybe I'm not as devoted to my beliefs as I'd like to think I am and would like to be,” King shared in a piece she wrote for the Washington Post. “Maybe I'm still subconsciously afraid of hell and want to go to heaven when I die.”

The atheist acknowledges that she cannot ignore God — even though she tries — as such a belief goes against her personal will to believe in His supernatural existence.

“It's confusing and frustrating to feel the presence of something you don't believe in,” King continued. “This is compounded by the fact that the God character most often shows up when I'm already frustrated."

According to Newberg’s contention in the Atlantic, this dilemma exists because science actually does support the reality of God existence in the mind of man.

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