A Letter to Forum Christians

 
 
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unsmoked
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01 March 2009 13:06
 

Dear Christian Forum Member,

“I have no doubt that your acceptance of Christ coincided with some very positive changes in your life.  Perhaps you now love other people in a way that you never imagined possible.  You may even experience feelings of bliss while praying.

I don’t wish to denigrate any of these experiences.  I would point out, however, that billions of other human beings, in every time and place, have had similar experiences - but they had them while thinking about Krishna, or Allah, or the Buddha, while making art or music, or while contemplating the beauty of Nature.

There is no question that it is possible for people to have profoundly transformative experiences.  And there is no question that it is possible for them to misinterpret these experiences, and to further delude themselves about the nature of reality.  You are, of course, right to believe that there is more to life than simply understanding the structure and contents of the universe,  But this does not make unjustified (and unjustifiable) claims about its structure and contents any more respectable.”

Sincerely, Sam Harris
(page 89, Letter to a Christian Nation)

 
 
 
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eudemonia
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30 April 2009 09:05
 

‘There is no question that it is possible for people to have profoundly transformative experiences.  And there is no question that it is possible for them to misinterpret these experiences, and to further delude themselves about the nature of reality’

Word.

This is THE key. A natural experience caused by the variables of genetics and brain chemistry are not to be confused with belief in the existence of the supernatural.

Many, many people have not figured this out yet, or possibly just have not become willing to accept it.