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“Scientific Research Proves First Corinthians 14:14 is True!”

“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”

OK, I made up the headline. But that seems to be the fascinating conclusion of recent research, as reported on ABC’s Nightline for Thursday, March 20th. 

Here’s an excerpt from the online edition…

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Andrew Newberg has been conducting a scientific study of the phenomenon for a long time. According to an ABC report, Newberg found that brain scans show quite different results with Christians praying in tongues compared to Buddhist monks meditating and Franciscan nuns praying. The frontal lobes—the part of the brain right behind the forehead that’s considered the brain’s control center—went quiet in the brains of tongue-speakers.

 “When they are actually engaged in this whole very intense spiritual practice…their frontal lobes tend to go down in activity. It is very consistent with the kind of experience they have, because they say that they’re not in charge. [They say] it’s the voice of God, it’s the Spirit of God that is moving through them,” said Newberg.

 “Whatever is coming out of their mouth is not what they are purposefully or willfully trying to do. And that’s in fairly stark contrast to the people who are—like the Buddhist and Franciscan nuns—in prayer, because they are very intensely focused and in those individuals the frontal lobes actually increase activity.”

You can read the entire article and access video at:

ABC News Nightline Story

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  1. Vicky
    March 26, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Pastor Scott

    My husband and I were speaking of speaking in tongues last night. So I found your blog, and the attached article, very interesting reading today. Thank you for a timely, and interesting, post.

    BTW, just found your blog. I’ve put it in my blogroll to visit again. Enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

  2. Jay
    March 27, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Looks like science is catching up to the Bible on this one.

    I grew up in a church that denied any personal indwelling of the Holy Ghost. They taught the only way to get more was to read the Bible.

    I always thought there was more to it than they claimed.

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