“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” This statement by Voltaire was quoted by Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, who runs the University of California, San Diego’s center for Brain and Cognition. Dr. Ramachandran claims that he has found certain parts of the brain, in the temporal lobe that may make people more prone to believe in God.
Dr. Ramanchandran noticed that statements about God or religious matters induced a measurable amount of stimuli in the brain. That stimuli corresponds with an electrochemical reaction in the brain that is quite distinct from responses from other violent and sensual stimuli.
If it is true that the brain has a built in “God-module”, how must we react to that? Has God put in something physically that will attract us to Him? Does Dr. Ramachandran’s theory have any connection with the “God-shaped vacuum” idea that is so often spoken of? Do those who do not know God have any understanding of Him? Does He expect them to know?
Paul made it clear that “Even when Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, instinctively follow what the law says, they show that in their hearts they know right from wrong. They demonstrate that God’s law is written within them, for their own consciences either accuse them or tell them they are doing what is right” Romans 2:14-15 (NLT).
God has revealed himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Through a personal relationship with Jesus, we can live to the fullest extent o f God’s plan for us. God has put his laws within our hearts for this one purpose: that we would seek and turn to him.
It is not certain if Dr. Ramachandran’s assertions are accurate. But we know what the Biblical author has indicated in Romans. God’s plan for mankind from the beginning is for us to be in a proper relationship to Him. Jesus has opened the way for us to draw near to God. Yes, there is something in us that draws us to the one who has created us. God put it there to bring you to Jesus.
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