I've got to wonder about experiences where people confirm their deities. This is because I know people with ancient Egyptian leanings who have met the
relevant gods, Anubis being very popular. A very busy god that one, in certain circles. I know those with theosophical leanings who know the reality
of Kuthumi. Others who not only know that Hercules exists, but taken upon themselves his "12 labors". Certain Buddhists who don't experience deities
as much as the illuminated void. Gnostics who have experience with Judas, who they see as divine.....and so the list goes on.............
Among this long list are Christians who have met or experienced Christ himself. (another very busy god). He has even told some that for being such
good Christians, aliens are going to take their little group to Ganymede to escape the Apocalypse. Apparently some have already been on the alien
Others who go a little further and profess to actually be some mythical figure from the bible or other religious texts. Some who claim to be aliens.
Their “mystical” experience tells them so.
To pass them off as knowing charlatans would be inaccurate IMO. From what I have seen, these people have often had profound experience which causes
them to believe fervently and are usually being honest. Not necessarily nutters either, many are otherwise nice, normal and intelligent people.
Perhaps they are all right? One thing they all seem to have in common is the ability to pass off all claims that are odds with their own, as
delusion. While never submitting to such a possibility regarding themselves. Human nature at work again. It is well known in cults that with a little
subtle manipulation, a certain percentage will always have experience to directly match the "truth" of just about any deity/doctrine. No matter how
ridiculous. It isn't as difficult or uncommon as it might appear, "mystical experiences" of god/s isn't that difficult for many people. Whether they
are real or not, being another matter entirely. Throw in some "meaningful coincidence" and the sky is the limit.
The mind is a complicated thing, who knows what goes on below the surface? Even in those who profess no belief before such experience, perhaps there
has been more happening psychologically than they are consciously aware of.
The most obvious explanation for such things is that they are a very convincing, yet illusory product of the mind. A fascinating subject, I have
experience myself which leaves me open to possibilities in some ways. Yet to simply accept them as reality, without at least being open to other
possibilities, doesn't always seem wise. One of the most common ailments known to mankind is that of “religious delusion”.
I will await the mentioned thread topic which claims to verify Christ's existence. Not so much because I think this will happen (though you never
know), more to see what believers will accept as proof. Which from what I have seen in the past, often amounts to just about anything.
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