The God Cap

“…And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mathew 28:20 NRSV)

This verse has given me great comfort and confidence over the years. I am able to step forward in faith each day because I know my Savior is there guarding and guiding me along life’s way.

The only problem is that today there are scientists who believe my sense  of Jesus’ presence may be nothing more than an illusion triggered by my brain. Recently researchers have begun studying the effects of MP900386733[1] wearing a cap, which contains magnets designed to stimulate certain parts of the brain. With this cap on, research subjects report feeling the presence of others around them, even when no one is there.

Some researchers equate this sense of presence with experiencing God. They claim that the “God cap” proves that religious people, who report MP900385807[1]feeling close to God, are really feeling the effects of neural activation.

For some, this research is proof that there is no God. They believe God is nothing more than a collection of electrochemical events in the brain.

I think the findings suggest an altogether different conclusion. The research on the “God cap” reminds me how wonderfully we are made. It is amazing to realize that God programmed our biology in such a way as to enable us to experience that which transcends our senses. It is wonderful to realize that we are wired to be able to experience God’s presence, God’s love and Christ’s peace in a way that passes all understanding!

This research also suggests that sensing God’s presence isn’t just some mystical experience. The capacity for it seems built right into us, just waiting for us to access it through a faith that is grounded in truth, dependent on grace and motivated by love!

So I am excited by what this research says about our capacity to experience exactly what Jesus promised. He promised his abiding presence. Now we know that his words are more than wishful thinking. Woman On White BackgroundHis words are a fact that we can experience!

So take a moment today to thank God for making you so wonderfully!  Then, commit yourself to centering your thoughts on God, your beliefs on the truths in Scripture, and your actions around love.

As you do, you will know the abiding presence of Jesus, who will be with you every step of the way!

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