Saturday, May 16, 2009

Heart Research

Heart Research

By Marsha Iddings

Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

In an article about the heart, Dr. Arthur Agatston, MD states, "Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath claim to have discovered more than 40,000 neurons, or brain cells in heart tissue, fueling speculation that the heart may be capable of intuitive guidance.  In fact, a few heart transplant patients report inheriting memories from their donors.  We've long had the sense that the heart is more than just a pump; whether it's actually capable of "thinking", though, is a question that merits more research…"

I found this article to be very interesting in light of Scripture.  The Bible repeatedly talks about the heart of man.  I was told that when the Bible speaks of the heart it isn't talking about the organ that pumps your blood but rather the "seat of the emotions".  However, in light of what this article from Prevention Magazine has to say I am beginning to think that when the Bible speaks of the heart, that might be exactly what it means.  Consider the following:

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Psalm 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Given the heart is found to have brain cells, and Scripture constantly talks about the heart as if it has the ability to think, what do you think?  It seems to me that science is just confirming again that the Bible is true. 

All of this begs the question, How is your heart today? Where does it stand in relation to Jesus Christ?  I'm not asking where your heart is in relation to your church or in relation to your religion or all the good works that you do.  I 'm asking about your heart's relation to Jesus Christ.  Have you accepted His once for all sacrifice for your sin and salvation?  Do you love him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?  Don't make the mistake of confusing devotion and love for Jesus Christ with serving your church or practicing religion and/or good works.  They are very different things.  You can do the latter three without true love for Jesus Christ, however, true love for Jesus Christ will produce those things.  So, how is your heart?

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