Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion

The Reality of Religious Experience

The religious tendencies of the human races are innate. They are universally manifested and have a natural origin. Primitive religions are always evolutionary in their genesis. As natural religious experience continues to progress, periodic revelations of truth punctuate the otherwise slow moving course of planetary evolution.

On planet Earth today, there are four types of religions:

  • Natural or evolutionary religion.
  • Supernatural or revelatory religion.
  • Practical or current religion, varying degrees of the mixture of natural and supernatural religions.
  • Philosophic religions, philosophic theologic doctrines and reason-created religion.

     The unity of religious experience among a social or racial group derives from the identical nature of the God fragment (Thought Adjuster) indwelling the individual since the day of Pentecost.

What Is Penticost?

Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and is celebrated fifty days after Easter.

What Happened On Penticost?

Ten days after Jesus ascended, the twelve apostles, Jesus’ mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover.  While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads.  This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29).  The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ.  They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds gathered for the festival.  Not only did the disciples preach with boldness and vigor, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many who had come from all corners of the Roman Empire.  This created a sensation.  The apostle Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.  The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. You can read the Biblical account of Pentecost in Acts: 2:1-41.

Divine In Man

It is this divine in man that gives origin to his unselfish interest in the welfare of other men. Since personality is unique, it inevitably follows that no two human beings can similarly interpret the leading and urges of the spirit of divinity which lives within their minds. A group of mortals can experience spiritual unity, but they can never attain philosophic uniformity. This diversity of the interpretation of religious thought and experience is shown by the fact that twentieth-century theologians and philosophers have formulated hundreds different definitions of religion. Every human being defines religion in the terms of his own experiential interpretation of the divine impulses emanating from the God spirit that indwells him. Therefore such an interpretation is wholly different from the religious philosophy of all other human beings.

Full Agreement

When one mortal is in full agreement with the religious philosophy of a fellow mortal, that phenomenon indicates that these two beings have had a similar religious experience involving their similar philosophic religious interpretation.

More Than Personal

While your religion is a matter of personal experience, it is important that you be exposed to the knowledge of a vast number of other religious experiences (the diverse interpretations of other mortals) to prevent your religious life from becoming egocentric, circumscribed, selfish and antisocial.

Pursuit of Values

Rationalism is wrong when it assumes that religion is first a primitive belief in something which is then followed by the pursuit of values. Religion is primarily a pursuit of values, followed by a system of interpretative beliefs. It is much easier for men to agree on religious values and goals than on beliefs and interpretations. This explains how religion can agree on values and goals while exhibiting the confusing phenomenon of maintaining a belief in hundreds of conflicting beliefs and creeds. This also explains why a given person can maintain his religious experience in the face of giving up or changing his religious beliefs. Religion persists in spite of revolutionary changes in religious beliefs. Theology does not produce religion; it is religion that produces theologic philosophy.

Religion and Theology

That religionists have believed so much that was false does not invalidate religion because religion is founded on the recognition of values and is validated by the faith of personal religious experience. Religion, is based on experience and religious thought. Theology, the philosophy of religion, is an honest attempt to interpret that experience. Such interpretative beliefs may be a mixture of truth and error.

The realization of the recognition of spiritual values is an experience which is indefinable. There is no word in any human language which can be employed to designate this “sense,” “feeling,” “intuition,” or “experience” which we call God-consciousness. The spirit of God that dwells in man is not personal. The Thought Adjuster is pre-personal, and is a Monitor which presents a value, exudes a flavor of divinity, which is personal in the highest and infinite sense. If God were not personal, He could not be conscious, and if not conscious, then He would be subhuman.

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