Originally posted by Astyanax
Do you think 'spiritual people' are more intelligent than religious people?
[edit on 15/8/09 by Astyanax]
That's hard for me to say.
How does one measure intelligence?
I think 'spiritual people' have a higher awakening of consciousness.
I also think more people have the capacity to do so, but refuse.
I find in religion...there is some truth. Gratitude is a common theme. Having good intentions seem to ring true.
To me the idea of prayer is creating your own life...it's the law of attraction at work. Thing is, YOU did the work not some deity out there.
I am sure we have more power than we realize.
Or let me rephrase it as saying 'What God? You're God'.
That may confuse some people. I am saying the power is in each of us.
I really believe reality is an illusion.
You're the driver.
Religions were/are on to something, but they are way off track now.
There are lots of things I find in today's world that have half truths, but they are fogged up with wanting 'Power' and 'Money'.
Which probably all derive from fear.
Could this be our "flight or fight response"? We're still quite a primitive species.
I wish I knew where the answers were. It seems you start by looking within.
I have a hard time equating all of this with intelligence.
Someone with a high IQ may not be able to be spiritual perhaps the same as someone who's mentally handicapped.
I have no proof of these claims.
I do know that 'Mensa' (organization of intelligent people) had released a study saying how Yes, indeed Athiests are more intelligent.
I read this in 'The God Delusion'.
I find though on rare occasions that while I am more at peace as an Athiest, I am also frightened of 'faith' and 'belief' because I then become
"Where's the evidence?" I ask myself. I have non. All I can go by is feelings.
There's still fear of the unknown. Almost a fear of not knowing.
Interesting topic non the less.