Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Infectious

Did you know that faith is contagious? Have you ever heard the phrase "people don't care how much you know, till they know  how much you care"? There is profound wisdom in the notion, when you replace the word 'know' with 'believe' ... people don't care what you believe, till they believe you care! Science is proving the wisdom of the Bible to be true. Especially interesting is the idea of emotional contagion - our emotional state produces a microbial cloud that interacts with others microbiome, leading to a shared emotional experience.



So infectious faith begins where psychology and microbiology intersect. Medical anthropologists believe that an individuals unique microbiome carries the imprint of microbes going back to the beginning of the species. In our gut, we have over 100 TRILLION microbes (germs, virus, funghi) which outnumber other human cells 10:1. It is reasonable to suggest that faith is a visceral, emotional and spiritual phenomena. If our microbiome influences our emotional/mental state through the gut-brain axis (vagus nerve), the it is reasonable to suggest that accepting an idea is strongly influenced in a sophisticated exchange of germs.

Have you ever heard the saying, "you become like the people you associate with the most"? The reason this is true is that behavior, physiology and faith are all to a degree infectious. That's right, believers carry with them biological evidence of the existence of Jesus/Yehoshua - because a portion of his microbiome was transferred to his disciples - through time - being inside us now! Let that thought sink in.




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