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Are we hard-wired to believe in God?

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:26pm 1 Comment

Why do some of us feel more spiritual or religious than others? Call it science, or call it faith, or call it neurotheology, this is an interesting question posed in a article on CNN's website today:

"NEW YORK (CNN) -- "I just know God is with me. I can feel Him always," a young Haitian woman once told me.

"I've meditated and gone to another place I can't describe. Hours felt like mere minutes. It was an indescribable feeling of peace," recalled a CNN colleague.

"I've spoken in languages I've never learned. It was God speaking through me," confided a relative.

The accounts of intense religious and spiritual experiences are topics of fascination for people around the world. It's a mere glimpse into someone's faith and belief system. It's a hint at a person's intense connection with God, an omniscient being or higher plane. Most people would agree the experience of faith is immeasurable.

Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Believe What We Believe," wants to change all that. He's working on ways to track how the human brain processes religion and spirituality. It's all part of new field called neurotheology.

After spending his early medical career studying how the brain works in neurological and psychiatric conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, depression and anxiety, Newberg took that brain-scanning technology and turned it toward the spiritual: Franciscan nuns, Tibetan Buddhists, and Pentecostal Christians speaking in tongues. His team members at the University of Pennsylvania were surprised by what they found.

"When we think of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, we see a tremendous similarity across practices and across traditions."

The frontal lobe, the area right behind our foreheads, helps us focus our attention in prayer and meditation."

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"Why do some of us feel more spiritual or religious than others?" Your question is very much valid and let me try to share my comments. Let's apply the same question to other activities in life. One is a great singer, another is a great artist, somone is a vivid speaker so why not everyone? This world is a diversified creation of God so we find variety of creations here. Some people would have carried from their previous births, hence they rise in their profession whether be it a singer or an artist etc., normally we comment saying it's birth gift! But at the same time it doesn't stop a normal person to become a great singer in this life, this is done by learning and practicing music. So this applies to spirituality as well. Some are born gifts and others reach heights by practicing with dedication and perseverance. And definetely he or she will reap the fruits either today or tomorrow.

Hope this answers your question.

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