There are a lot of Scriptures that mention the human heart. When we do Bible Study – when we are in that “mode,” if you will – we seem to understand that these Scriptures that speak of the heart, are talking about our spirit – a spirit that can think, feel, yearn, make decisions for good or ill. The Bible tells us this, and we believe it. Do you know what I mean?
Stay with me here. Follow my line of reasoning, as I explain what I’m thinking.
Of course those of us who are steeped in Holy Scripture do believe all those things about the heart. Our experience in Christ teaches us that they’re true.
Yet when we think in 21st Century medical terms, we speak of the human heart as an internal organ that pumps blood, as though that’s its only function. And of course, in that world, the heart doesn’t have thoughts and feelings of its own. That’s what the brain is for, right? What gives? Can we reconcile these two images, these two definitions of “heart?”
I have recently come across the Heart Math Institute, which is a highly respected research-oriented organization. One of their journal articles that I’ve read, says this: (hold on to your hats -- this is BIG!)
Their scientifically controlled studies have shown that the physical heart does indeed have the ability to think, feel, and have memory! It has an intelligence and it remembers things! The successful heart transplant patients that they have followed have developed personality traits and interests post op, that they never had before the surgery. When the follow through was conducted, they discovered that the heart donor had had exactly those traits and interests. Hmmm…
I’m still “digesting” this idea and want to do a LOT more reading. But I am totally intrigued.
So, it makes physical sense, to “feel” grief and brokenness, to “feel” joy and elatedness in our chests. We’ve really know this for a long time, haven’t we. And the medical world is just now discovering that truth. I love it!
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