We are all familiar with the concept of trusting that “small voice” inside us that brings us our intuitions. Science has validated that so-called gut feelings are thing. The Bible tells us God gave us these to know truth.
We’ve all heard the term “gut feeling” to refer to a sense of intuition, an inner voice. Why is that feeling there and why do we feel it in our gut?
According to research, scientists believe a big part of our motion is influenced by nerves in our gut, Scientific American reported. Neuroscience reported that there are hundred million neurons lining the digestive tract. While it is apparent to scientists that the gut is designed for more than digested food, how and why our gut talks to us is still under research. Nonetheless, The vagus nerve is a bidirectional information highway, sending messages back and forth within milliseconds, with 90 percent of the neurons sending one-way information to the brain.
Scientists believe there must be a significant reason for gut feelings to exist, this brain-got connection, as it is directly related to our emotions, although they do not yet know why.
While science currently can’t answer this question, the Bible does have an explanation, which we will shortly examine.
Even more fascinating, another published study found a brain-gut-heart connection. The study was published in Sage Journals entitled “Head, Heart, and Gut in Decision Making: Development of a Multiple Brain Preference Questionnaire.” In short, the study author wrote: “Results confirmed extraction of three factors (head, heart, and gut) was appropriate and reliability analysis showed the Multiple Brain Preference Questionnaire (MBPQ) to be both valid and reliable.”
“But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.”
This verse speaks to the idea that we are imbued from the very beginning with a sense of knowing given to us by God to intuit things without needing any other source of information. It’s direct connection to the intelligence of God. We don’t need the intelligence of a scholar. It’s God’s way of giving even the smallest of persons the knowledge they need when they need it. It is a gift of wisdom we possess even in our youth.
“Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?”
– Job 38:36
The above verse is particularly interesting in its choice of words, in light of what we now know scientifically, as “inward parts” could be a direct reference to the heart, brain or even our gut.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
– Romans 1:19-20
The apostle Paul speaks to the fact that we are all born with a conscience. Even without the Ten Commandments or any type of religion as a guide, we have an instinct for right and wrong that God imprinted within us. We feel and sense when something is wrong. We also seem to get messages that sometimes alert us and help us avoid disaster.
Likewise, we can see God’s creation all around us. We can see the perfection of systems throughout the universe that are balanced in order, unlikely to be created by chaos or a cosmic accident of happenstance, that operate on precision clockwork in just the right way, that could work any other way, which make it difficult to explain by anything other than intelligent design. In this way, God asks us to use our instincts to verify the truth of existence.
In summary, science and the Bible seem to agree that there is a brain-heart-got connection, that small inner voice that can help guide us and reveal the truth in many situations in life. By applying faith, we can learn to use these instincts more and more to our advantage.