A congregation in Ohio heard their preacher ask for a sign from God just before their church was struck by lightning. It struck the steeple, then hit the preacher himself when it traveled through electrical wiring to his microphone. “It was awesome, just awesome,” says church member Ronnie Cheney. “He was asking for a sign and he got one.”

The preacher wasn’t injured. It took 20 minutes for parishioners to realize that their church was on fire. Forest township Fire Chief Doug Hawkin says, “It was kind of interesting hearing the preacher talk about what had happened.”

What do Christians think about UFOs?

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Rhawn Joseph thinks there’s a genetic, neurological basis for religious belief and spiritual experience?that God is all in our heads. He believes homo sapiens have evolved the ability to experience God through the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped structure buried deep in the brain. This is in the most primitive part of the brain, where emotions and sexual pleasure come from. Joseph says, “These tissues, which become highly activated when we dream, when we pray or when we take drugs such as LSD, enable us to experience those realms of reality normally filtered from consciousness, including the reality of God, the spirit, the soul, and life after death.” Despite his studies, he’s not an atheist.
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Scientists have done experiments to make people believe they?ve felt the presence of God by exposing them to a specific series of pulses from TMS magnetism. The subjects described feeling an invisible presence near them or feeling connected to the whole world. Researchers think naturally occurring magnetism could be behind mystical and paranormal experiences, and may be the reason why some places are felt to be sacred.

All perception and thought is based on electrical activity in the brain. If you change the current, you should change the perceptions, since the human brain can?t tell the difference between magnetically stimulated reality and natural reality.
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Faye Flam writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer that investment tycoon Sir John Templeton is giving out grants worth a total of $1 million to 15 scientists to look for proof that God exists. These scientists, many with international reputations, have spent their careers studying the Big Bang, the origin of stars and galaxies, the fundamental physical constants, and the origin of life.

The question that intrigues Templeton, as it has philosophers and astronomers for centuries, is this: Is the universe the product of design or accident? Templeton, who is 88, sold his mutual fund empire in 1992 for $913 million and now devotes himself to his quest for common ground between science and religion.
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