Yesterday, sitting with all the intellectuals, the thinkers and the brains, my “Big Fat F” felt like I was dressed wrong more than once. However, thanks to you guys and what we’ve done together, I was able to recognize it and make it through without sautéing the shame of being who I am wired to be. See blog-post, Hear, Be Hear, Believe and Speak in Your Language.
There are temperaments that find it easier to believe in God I think; feelers, more so than thinkers at least. But definitely not across the board. Whatever our temperament or brain health, we are all deciding what to do with the surging evidence of the evolutionary history of our world. This can translate into an all-or-none decision for the existence of God. When logic and knowledge make a seven-day creation unbelievable, than believing in God might too. When we discover the repeating themes between religions, Buddhist with Christianity with Mayan and so forth, than rather than believing in a message that is bigger than culture and Time, we might believe that there is no message. When we understand emotions and behaviors on the cellular, hormonal and related biology and draw the line even more clearly to evolutionary origins, we might nod our heads. “No God.” When we say,
Everything starts and ends with me,
and in the connections we find, discover humanism decreasing the perceived need to depend only on God, we might pull a hand back, take in breath, go silent and think,
Is this all?
Yesterday, talking about oxytocin, how it was measured and manipulated, how emotions and behaviors were measured and manipulated, I was in awe. I always am by these discussions. It amazes me over an over again that we can have this beautiful understanding about emotions and behaviors. However, there was the curtained message that there is no God. I can’t say exactly how I believe this to be true. But I do. I felt a chill and remembered, even if these things are true, doesn’t say anything about God not existing.
All these things that I use to define my reality, which of them can be really trusted? Love, Emotions, Time, biology, personality, senses, brain, essence, connections and external input, learning and knowledge, the Bible, visions and more – they don’t have to define the existence of God but for many of us they may.
So I ask you, of all the things you use to define your reality, what do you trust? Do you use them to grow your belief in God or vice versa?
Self-Care Tip – Work these questions over deliberately before these questions work you over unsuspecting.
- The evolutionary psychology of racism and stereotyping (psychologytoday.com)
- Choice and Biology – Where Emotions and Behaviors Come From (friendtoyourself.com)
- The Biopsychosocial Model for Where Emotions and Behaviors Come From (friendtoyourself.com)
- Me! Where Emotions and Behaviors Come From (friendtoyourself.com)
- Where Do You Think Behavior and Emotion Come From? (friendtoyourself.com)
- ‘Trust Hormone’ May Help Curb Symptoms of Devastating Disease (news.sciencemag.org)
- Moralizing Behaviors and Emotions (friendtoyourself.com)
- Where Do Emotions and Behaviors Come From? (friendtoyourself.com)
- Shyness: Evolutionary Tactic? (atextbookoflove.wordpress.com)
- Use What You Know – It Will Help You Know Yourself Better And Be a Guide For Your Future Efforts (friendtoyourself.com)
- Emotions – One Part of The Multi-Paradigm Weave That Makes Us Who We Are (friendtoyourself.com)
- Micro, Macro And Darwinism Foolishness (noreligionblog.wordpress.com)
- You Are More Than Your Genes!: A Response to X-Men and Lady Gaga (veritasmizzou.wordpress.com)
- Has Science Disproved Christianity? (charliehess.com)
- Christianity: poor medicine for anxiety and depression (new.exchristian.net)
- Believing in Belief (new.exchristian.net)