Some Christians have been left behind.
The human brain constructs a world inside our head based on what it samples from the surrounding environment and it tries to organise this information into what it thinks is the best way; but sometimes due to corrupt or insufficient data, it has no choice, other than to fills in the gaps.
The way the brain thinks sets the basis for illusionary thinking. If we were not susceptible to illusionary thinking there would be no place in society for magicians, hypnotists and Christian evangelists to ply their trade.
Christianity (and all religion for that matter) is the unsophisticated, simplistic, primitive ancestor to philosophy. Primitive thinkers, like our ancient ancestors, were quite happy and content with the theory (layman’s meaning) that an illusionary God was behind all the unexplained.
That is why it is no great surprise that brain researchers have discovered that humans are hard-wired by evolution to believe in God. (1) Evolution has selected religion for the betterment of early mankind, but not anymore. The religious philosophy that “God-did-it” became acceptable to ancient people who knew no better in their superstitious, prescience, Stone Age era, but today there is no scientific reason to believe in God and yet millions are still bound in imaginary chains that no longer exist.
This is because they are totally addicted to Jesus. They cannot live without Jesus just like an alcoholic cannot live without a drink. Paul was a “love slave” and “lived”, “moved” and had his “being” in Christ. Without Jesus, Christians are nothing.
Christians are unable to enjoy themselves except through Jesus. Their entire body's pleasure sense is taken over. They are enslaved and possessed. When they look at a magnificent sunset or a beautiful flower or a gorgeous baby they say God is awesome - because in their minds they imagine that there has to be some intelligent designer behind it all. That emotionally primitive wiring connection/association in their brain helps them to see Jesus as the best and only thing in their life and this produces a self-reinforcing effect.
Due to lack of evidence the brain can only imagine the existence of a supreme being based purely on religious indoctrination. Indoctrination is a method of inculcating revealed knowledge as absolute truth which must be accepted without question. No one has met God in the flesh recently (or the past), so no living person knows anything about God.
Yet some say they have met God and have a relationship with him. How can this be anything but an illusion? Without the sense realm knowledge that would come from knowing God in the flesh the brain would have no option other than to fill in the gaps by other means and that is the classic case of an illusion.
That’s where indoctrination, brainwashing and the religious meme virus come into play. The brain uses what it has been taught as absolute truth and an illusion is born. That is why some Christians can say that they “know” the Bible is the word of God. How can any rational person know the Bible is the word of God? That kind of surety is in the realm of fanaticism.
Illusions are distortions of reality. Magicians, divine healers, mime artists, and ventriloquists have learnt a repertoire of illusions to entice a response of awe, wonderment and praise from a gullible audience who assume them to be real. Magicians do not really cut people in half , with a sword or walk on water or squeeze through panes of solid glass.
The ventriloquist’s doll, does not really talk; even though it appears that it does. Divine healers do not really have the power of God at their fingertips; even though it appears that that they do. God does not really come down from heaven and slay people in the spirit, so that they fall down like flies and rise up healed.
Richard Dawkins a distinguished British scientist, celebrated author, world-class evolutionary biologist and leading atheist tells us in “The God Delusion” that our collective belief in the existence of God is not only irrational, it is dangerous.
But ask all and sundry if they agree with Dawkins and you will find different answers depending on wither the respondents are believers or not. Christians and other religious people will say God is not an illusion, because they experience him spiritually all the time.
They firmly believe that Jesus literally walks with them and talks with them and he will never leave them nor forsake them again like he did when he physically died and went to heaven. However rational sceptics are of the opinion that God is an illusion and the millions of faithful believers must thus be delusional.
Christians will point sceptics to the fact that there are some questions science cannot answer like the mysterious existential questions: does God exist, what are we doing here, and is there a purpose to it? But science is not supposed to answer those questions, now is it?
Scientists require evidence before accepting a hypothesis, and so science can only investigate that which is detectable. If something cannot be detected by sensory perception or instrumentation, then in what sense is evidence present?
This is its limitation. We all know this. So it operates on the principle of methodological naturalism. It cannot do otherwise. Science assumes there is a natural explanation for everything it investigates precisely because this is the only way it can work.
If natural explanations for events were not possible because God regularly intervened in the world, then science simply would not be possible. Since science does work then a miraculous intervening God does not exist.
Therefore it is time for Christians to evolve further into atheists by dumping Bible God (Trinity God) and the irrelevant, abstract, god of the gaps, the uncaused cause, type of god.
Otherwise they will be left behind; for we have evolved beyond mysticism and superstition.
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