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· Thursdays With Death


Articles
· Examples of Our Divinity in Sacred Text

· If the Ego Controls, Then One is Among the Walking Dead

· Death Comes Not to Scare, But to Accompany One to the Next Dream

· The Last Three - And Most Unusual - Spiritual/Consciousness Levels

· The Next Three Levels of Spiritual Maturity

· Spiritual Evolution May Be Key to Beliefs

· Organized Religion Complicates God

· Only Those Who Have Put Themselves to Death Will See the Kingdom Of God


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· All is Love

· As The Dead Walk Away

· I've Finally Merged With the Loving Divine

· To Offer Love Along the Way

· When Man Forgives, God Forgets

· The Door of Love

· My Ego's Toy

· I Sleep to Awaken

· Greetings Divine One

· Love Ends The Thirst

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A brief discussion on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and religious experiences.

I was reading an article on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), a condition that can cause those afflicted with it to have religious experiences – a feeling of oneness with the universe, sensing a divine presence, etc. Because it appeared to happen often with TLE patients, the concept even inspired a new field of medicine: neurotheology.

Of course, many have jumped on this phenomena to show that there is no God. Since this phenomena can be recreated in the lab using virtually any type of person (believer or not) the argument goes, this proves that God doesn’t exist. The fact of the matter is however, that just because the sense of being one with the universe or seeing God can be created by stimulating a certain part of the brain does not negate the existence of God. William James said it best:

"Even more perhaps than other kinds of genius, religious leaders have been subject to abnormal psychical visitations. Invariably they have been creatures of exalted emotional sensitivity liable to obsessions and fixed ideas; and frequently they have fallen into trances, heard voices, seen visions, and presented all sorts of peculiarities which are ordinarily classed as pathological. Often, moreover, these pathological features have helped to give them their religious authority and influence. To plead the organic causation of a religious state of mind in refutation of its claim to possess superior spiritual value is quite illogical and arbitrary. [Because if that were the case], none of our thoughts and feelings, not even our scientific doctrines, not even our dis-beliefs, could retain any value as revelations of the truth, for every one of them without exception flows from the state of the possessor’s body at the time. Saint Paul certainly once had an epileptoid, if not an epileptic, seizure, but there is not a single one of our states of mind, high or low, healthy or morbid, that has not some organic processes as its condition."

Perhaps what has been proven is not that God exists only because of stimulating a portion of the brain, but that there is a portion of the brain that is sensitive to the energy that is God.

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Reviewed by Keith Rowley 12/25/2007
Good article.
With great respect to John, if science doesn't exist then from whence the PC you work on, the lighting system you see by, the car you drive? Slightly puzzling statement that my friend.
Of course, successful falsification is no proof of anything other than that something can be falsified. Thinking otherwise is a mistake made by many seekers of objective truth.
Science though does correct its errors and falsified results - otherwise we'd have a rather unsuccessful technology base in the world.

As for the subjective nature of spiritual experience, I guess we're all doomed to our own solipsism as there isn't the tiniest physical evidence of god anywhere.
Best to you all,
Keith
Reviewed by Scott Knutson 12/24/2007
Trask and John -
Thanks for stopping by to read my article. I agree that there is a "God". I'm also comfortable with the concept of an intelligent energy as "God".
Reviewed by John Martin 12/24/2007
Very informative and well written. Ah...science the religion of fools. God doesn't exist? In 61 years I've seen more truth in God, then I have in science. Hence, T.L.E. or no T.L.E., I beleive in God, and I've learned that it is really science that doesn't exist.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 12/23/2007
More Human Non Believers Should Have Near Death Experiences...Only They'd Be Finished Off With Their Own Heart Attacks Never Get To Tell Anyone They Saw (God),i.e. Religion Or Religious (Brain Washing) Has Not Thing To Do With (God) Only Man Made Refutes Its Own $$ Beliefs...

Best Example: Man In Gas Chamber/Electric Chair In Last Breath Always Asks For (God)...(God) Is Total Energy No Thing Less Or More...

Credit For The Write!

TRASK

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