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Individual religious experience means individual religious fantasy; corporate religious experience means corporate religious fantasy; discuss

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Individual religious experience means individual religious fantasy; corporate religious experience means corporate religious fantasy; discuss Religious experience means a 'non-empirical occurrence' and maybe alleged as supernatural 'mental event' undergone by an individual spontaneously or brought on by thorough training and self-discipline. Different forms of religious experience may include mystical which means that the recipient feels a sense of 'union' with the divine. Many experiences are classified as 'Prayer' that has been brought about by meditation or refection. All forms of religious experience are life changing. Religious experience is capable of different interpretations. It can be divided in to direct and indirect. "Direct experience of the divine is a claim made by many individuals and is classically exemplified by those encounters with God described in the Bible. Indirect experience of the divine is said to be perceptible within ordinary experience and is held by some to depend on the development of a special faculty of apprehension or appreciation somewhat parallel to our capacity of appreciate art or music". This understanding is the one we find expressed in writings of Friedrich Schleiermacher's (1768-1834) an experience of absolute dependence, of the Infinite in contrast with our finitude. Religious philosophy was prominent during this Christian era of the early 1800s. He attempted to balance reason and faith with the idea of the 'creature consciousness' of the individual. The sense of reverence one felt when contemplating the universe revealed an indescribable reality. ...read more.

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There being no spring, Bernadette dug a small hole, and in the muddy water which appeared, washed herself. By the next day, an abundant spring of fresh water had begun to flow. The Toronto Blessing started at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church on January 20, 1994. Randy Clark, a Vineyard pastor from St. Louis, Missouri encountered Howard-Browne in Tulsa, Oklahoma and came under his influence. John Arnott, senior pastor of the Airport Vineyard Church had learned of these phenomenons and invited Clark to preach. To the great surprise of both, following the sermon people began to laugh hysterically, cry, leap, dance, and even roar as a result of what the church calls "a move of the Holy Spirit" Approximately 300,000 people have visited the church in Toronto. Millions have reportedly been affected from the spread of the movement to various places. While there is much concocted evidence of the spread of this movement, there is no certain way of empirically measuring the impact. However, it is clear that the move has had a tremendous impact. Above we hear about two religious experience one individual and one corporate religious experience. For me both of these religious experiences are not fantasy because for me if I state that one is fantasy then I would have to state that so is the other. Although corporate religious experience is more believable I would not state that they are fantasy. ...read more.

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Most people would be inclined to suspect one or more of the following factors are the more likely explanation of the claim other than that the claim is accurate and true. 1. Persons are mistaken, e.g., optical illusion, misinterpretation... 2. Persons are under the influence of mind-altering substances. 3. Persons are suffering from brain malfunctioning, e.g., chemical imbalance. 4. Persons are under the influence of group influence-social psychology. 5. Persons are making a false report to get attention. 6. Persons are making a false report to raise money. 7. Persons are making a false report to please others and gain acceptance. 8. Persons are making a false report to get power. Another rejection for religious experience for me is, how can humans senses experience a timeless, space-less God? Theists would argue that a loving, Creator God who desires a relationship with human beings would create in them a spiritual dimension capable of responding to Him, and that this is an adequate explanation for religious experience. As it is obvious, the validity of religious experiences suffers from the fact that the religious experience of any one religion is not universal. If, however, the same religious experience was felt by everyone, then it would hold more weight; but the fact of the matter is that these religious experiences vary significantly. Religious experience can be fantasy to many but on the other hand many people believe in religious experience and have not experienced it. Although for the many people who do accept religious experience the guidelines to which the experience must comply, if we are to see it as genuine. ...read more.

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