REFLECTIONS BY JACK APPLEBAUM SEPTEMBER 2021
Wired: By Jack Applebaum
Electrical systems on a motorcycle really aren’t my strong suit. A dizzying array of wires combined with a personal color deficiency tends to restrict me to what little I can accomplish with a multimeter. Yet, the wiring for a bike serves specific functions that enable us to get somewhere. Seems our brains may also be wired to reach specific objectives. Note the first couple of paragraphs of an article I read two decades ago:
Is God a State of Mind?
Revelations: Brain X-Rays ‘Show’ Religious Experience
By Laurie Barclay, MD
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Brooks
April 11, 2001 – “Read the daily paper or watch the local TV news and a seemingly endless parade of chaotic, violent events unfolds: school shootings, terrorism, murder, child abuse. Many people make sense of these seemingly senseless events through a belief in a Supreme Being and faith that their God won’t desert them in a time of need. This faith may be well placed, according to a Philadelphia-based radiologist — well placed in the brain, that is.
In Why God Won’t Go Away, released April 1, 2001 by Ballantine Books, co-author Andrew B. Newberg, MD, explains his theory that the human brain is hard-wired for religion. Just as the mind has the capacity for analytical thought, abstract mathematical reasoning, and invention of highly sophisticated technology, it also has the capacity — and the built-in design — to experience God.”
After a technical discussion of the data and the findings, the article further states:
“Though skeptics may argue that God lives only in the mind of the faithful, Newberg suggests that the opposite conclusion is equally valid: If there is a God, it makes perfect sense that He would create a way for us to communicate with Him.”
Yep. That’s the conclusion I would reach. We not only have a God shaped void in our heart; it seems we have a spiritual ignition system looking for a battery. For those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ, this should come as no surprise. The Bible states “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” (Ps 139:14, NIV). It has taken vast advances in technology and the development of equipment far beyond that of a multimeter to get a glimpse of just how true that verse really is.