Scientists try to find the Holy Spirit with an MRI machine

[D]oes the human brain ‘light up’ in response to religious experience? Scientists at the University of Utah are using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in their quest to pinpoint God.

According to a report at Sci-Tech Today, Jeff Anderson and Julie Korenberg are hot on the trail of the elusive map of the soul.

“It amazes me how one of the most profound influences on human behavior is virtually completely unstudied,” Anderson said. “We think about how much this drives people’s behavior, and yet we don’t know the first thing about where in the brain that’s even registered.”

By asking participants to pray for 5-6 minutes, the researchers hope to find specific areas of the brain that respond to a ‘religious’ experience. It is said that Solomon was the wisest human to ever live, yet he realized that mankind will never discern the limits of God:

When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, “I know,” he cannot discover. – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

Searching for evidence of God within the biological form of mankind is futile. God’s connection to His children is without measure. We are not bodies with souls that may be searched out, but souls that currently inhabit bodies. One day, this corruptible will take on a brand new form that will never wear out, age, or fail.