The Crucial Importance of Adolescent Religious Experiences
In General Discussions
Nov 06, 2020
Hi! I was listening to this weeks podcast, Religious Experiences Pt. 2, and around the 13:15 marker you all had made an interesting point. you said that our brains are wired so that if we think God is angry at us our brains are designed to run away from Him, but if we think God is good our brain is designed to run towards Him. You referenced something about how there has been a perceptible difference in the brain operation of atheists and Christians in this regard. Where could I read more on this? I think that our perceptions of God, and how our churches shape our people’s perceptions of God is vitally important. I had recently lead a study at our church going through a book called Distorted Images of God by Dale and Juanita Ryan that dealt with perceptions of God. I can see the exciting implications of brain functions changing based on our understanding of God, and how understanding in what way the brain reacts differently to negative perceptions of God would also help us to understand what psychologically needs to be presented or done for people in order to make them more open to the gospel. I enjoy listening and appreciate the ministry you all do. Thanks!