If it's available to
you, I strongly recommend HBO's "America Under Cover"
Sundays after the Sopranos.
Several weeks ago the
topic was evangelists and faith healers "A
Question of Miracles". I'm going to skip over the obvious
farce that they exposed them to be and share with you a related
topic covered on the same show.
Religion Came From
is my personal transcript from the show.
our evolution, spanning millions of years,
important changes in the human brain took place. Changes that
aided the survival and eventual dominance of our species.
the development of the frontal lobe of our brains that gave us
the power of self control, organization and the ability to see
ahead. To anticipate. It was at this point that we became the
only living creature that could foresee our inevitable decay and
for this, a parallel development in the brain took place.
frontal lobe expanded the lower portion of the brain began to
shift and regroup. It was this that gave us memory, creativity,
emotion and fantasy. This was also the period of time when man
became religious. Religion allowed us to overcome the fear of
our own mortality as it offered short term victories over disease
and other misfortune.
information in mind, experiments were conducted on people.
is where it really started getting good for me.
Michael A. Persinger
In a laboratory
have been able to reproduce every aspect of a "religious"
experience. The rising sensation and ecstasy to the feelings of
a sensed presence and even being at one with the universe.
who participated that were religious had a religious experience.
experienced near death, hearing voices and
generally a profound sense that something hugely significant had
able to generate a sensed presence which was defined as God.
same electrical currents occur
in the human brain during religious gatherings. The feelings that
most relate to being "born again" are a result of electrical
currants stimulating this part of the brain.
more on this subject pick up this week's Newsweek Magazine (May
7, 2001). It's titled "God & the Brain".
I saw a crowd of people exiting a church. I looked into several
of their faces and for each one I thought,
person's frontal lobe foresees its own inevitable demise causing
the centralized, bottom portion of the brain to slip into denial,
instead of surrendering to the truth and accepting its own mortality.
Now with an "everlasting life" scenario having been
created the mind is able to function without distraction."
that or Jesus came from outer space, sent by a supreme being,
to save an endless multitude of generations from the evil lord
of darkness and the eternal nightmare of fire that he has in store.
like a story by man?