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Religious Experiences

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Explain how religious experiences can lead to, or support belief in God? A religious experience is an event that people feel gives them direct contact with God. There are four types of religious experiences: * Numinous * Conversion * Miracle and * Prayer Here I will explain how religious experiences may lead or support belief in God. Numinous is a feeling of the presence of something greater than you, some people believe this feeling to be the presence of God. You may get this feeling when in important buildings, a beautiful place or even something simpler like looking up at the stars on a dark night, it is at times like this when people are filled with the awareness or the feeling of the presence of something by far greater than themselves. ...read more.

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However, their are many people that have. St. Paul, previously know as Saul, is one of the most famous converts in the history of Christianity. Famously converted on his way to murder some Christians, St. Paul was travelling on the road to Damascus, where he was knocked from his horse and consequently made blind. St. Paul took this as a sign from God telling him that what he was doing was wrong, so Paul changed his ways, from murdering Christians to becoming a Christian spreading God's word. So St. Paul's life was completely changed by him giving his life to God. A miracle is something that seems to break a law of science leaving God as the only explanation. ...read more.

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All Catholics believe they can communicate with God, share their problems, worries and aspirations, with God, simply through prayer. People pray for all different kinds of things, although some more juvenile than others. The Catechism teaches that human beings are born searching for God and that prayer is away to complete that search. In my opinion I believe that when I pray to God, for whatever it may be, that I become closer to Him, as I feel that He listens to me and does His best to answer my prayers to help me with whatever He believes is best for me. So people experience God in the four ways; numinous, conversion, miracles and prayer. So these religious experiences reassure people and make people feel that God does exist, resulting in them believing in God. ?? ?? ?? ?? Beth Skinner Re ...read more.

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