Originally posted by buckky
When a Hindu has a subjective experience of God through some religious practice or the other, is it the same experience that the Christian has of experiencing God . In other words are all religions gateways to the same God ?If you believe in one God then this must be the case .All the technicalities of a religion go right out the window when one experiences God for themself .
I have a question...
How do you tell the difference between a subjective experience of god, and a hallucination, or a dream?
Given the brains almost unlimited power to create illusions and deceive us.
A fact readily utilised by magicians, illusionists and con-artists alike.
How can you possible distinguish between a feeling generated by your brain and a feeling generated by god?
Particularly given that hallucinations, dreams, and delusions are commonplace and that there is no evidence
whatsoever for the existence of a god or gods to experience. It seems foolish to attribute an experience to god
rather than the workings of our own brains.
And if experiences of 'god' really were generated by one singular supernatural entity with the power and intellect
ascribed to god, wouldn't they be far more consistent and revelatory rather than always reinforce the already pre-held
beliefs and knowledge of the people experiencing them?
Where is the 14th century monk who has a divine inspiration to cure smallpox or the plague?
Or the Roman inspired to discover electricity, and quantum mechanics and goes on to build the first superconducting
An 'experience' of god only has meaning or relevance if it really is from god and not a hallucination or a dream generated
by our own brains.
In short it matters whether the 'god' giving the experience is real and that this experience is from that god and not just
imagined to be from that god.
It matters if it is true.
Given that there is no way of telling if a 'vision' is from god, the huge lack of evidence for gods existence, and the overwhelming
likelihood that any given experience is a delusion or dream even in the case where god does exist...
All such 'experiences' must be treated as dreams or delusions, and decisions and values based on reason, logic and evidence.