Science Reveals God’s Majesty Series
Continuing with my Science Reveals God’s Majesty series, I present this revised extract from a previous lengthy article on things science has discovered about God’s great creations. In this essay, we discover some awesome facts about the human heart as well as our DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).1
The Bible tells us that we have inherited sin and death: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12, NRSV). For millennia people accepted, on faith, this idea of inherited sin, but we now have proof that this is possible. There is science behind the fact that things we do can alter our DNA, which can then be passed down to our children through heredity. This science, called epigenetics, is the study of how outside factors can influence changes in gene expression.2 An article on the website Natural News attests to this fact and indicates DNA can be changed by things like our intention, mental states, and heart coherence.3
Heart Coherence & Entrainment
Notice that one of these factors that can change the DNA is ‘heart coherence.’ During the past few decades, it has been discovered that the heart is much more complex than just preforming like a mechanical pump. There is now scientific evidence that the heart is intelligent and sends emotional and intuitive signals to help govern the body by directing and aligning many bodily systems, so that they can function in harmony with one another. “Although the heart is in constant communication with the brain, we now know that it makes many of its own decisions.”4 How does the heart help harmonize our body?
Doc Childre, founder of the Institute of HeartMath, tells an interesting story about the European inventor of the pendulum clock. The inventor noticed that the pendulums on his collection of clocks were swinging in unison, although they weren’t synchronized that way when started. He then restarted all the pendulums swinging differently, and to his amazement, all the pendulums, once again, began to slowly sync their movement over time. The inventor never solved this mystery, but scientists later did so. It was discovered that the largest pendulum was pulling the other pendulums into sync. The term for this is ‘entrainment,’ a type of synchronization, and is now found to be prevalent throughout nature. Childre states, “When your body is in entrainment, its major systems work in harmony. Because the heart is the strongest biological oscillator in the human system, the equivalent of the strongest pendulum in a collection of clocks, the rest of the body’s systems can be pulled into entrainment with the heart’s rhythms.”5
Obtaining entrainment or synchronization of the body’s systems with particular heart rhythms leads to a positive mental attitude called heart coherence. This heart coherence “is associated with high performance, stress reduction, greater emotional stability, and numerous health benefits.” An individual can induce this coherence through biofeedback techniques, thereby influencing health significantly, including generating tranquility and emotional stability.6
As stated above, heart coherence, a positive mental attitude, and intention can change our DNA, so it is well within our power to change it toward righteousness, just as sin changed it toward evil, as the Bible states. If evil is rooted within our DNA, cleansing our heart and brain with proper attitude, can prune those evil roots and alter our DNA for the better and help change not only our own future, but that of our future children, too.
Jesus said, in the Gospel of Luke, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45, NLT).
And in the letter to the Philippians, Timothy says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8, NLT).
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References & Notes
- “DNA,” (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 29 July 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA
- Hermann, Ray, “What Do You Mean, Christ Died for Our Sins?” (The Outlaw Bible Student, OBS, 31 December 2017), https://outlawbiblestudent.org/what-do-you-mean-christ-died-for-our-sins/
- Wright, Carolanne, “Confirmed by Science: You really can change your DNA,” (Natural News, September 21, 2013, retrieved on 30 May 2017), http://www.naturalnews.com/042157_DNA_transformation_science_epigenetics.html
- Childre, Doc Lew, and Martin, Howard, The HeartMath Solution, (New York: Harper One/HarperCollins Publishers, 1999), p. 4.
- Ibid., p. 38.
- Sarabia-Cobo, C. M., “Heart Coherence: A New Tool in the Management of Stress on Professionals and Family Caregivers of Patients with Dementia,” (Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Springer International Publishing, June 2015), vol. 40, #2, p.75.