Sunday, October 31, 2004

Tough Questions

For a number of reasons, started off by the John Safran thing a couple of weeks ago (sorry to keep bringing it up, but still not sure about it all) and a whole bunch of other similar issues coming up, have been thinking heaps about the whole interplay between the spiritual and pyschological worlds.

I firmly believe in the spiritual realm, and know quite a few people who do too, but who all sit at very different spots on the spectrum of their understanding about it all. There are those who lean toward explaining stuff in a more scientific manner, eg People pre-empting themselves to think/react in a certain way and to react in a way that is shaped by their understandings, and then people will say theres this massive spiritual war going on, with all good stuff from God and all bad stuff the work of the devil.

I think I stand somewhere in between these two approaches.

I think people do get touched by God in very supernatural and unexplainable ways, and that there is also negative spiritual forces acting against the will of God. I also believe that people suffer from mental illness, and also a lot of what people would automatically brand as spiritual is sometimes just pyscosomatic/psychological.

I am also aware that people will always bring to their situation their worldview of God and the spiritual realm, which will affect how they interpret their experience.

Probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but am just tryinmg to work through it all for myself!


jacki said...

Figuring out what you believe is a life long experience in my humble opinion ... and how you view things changes as you get older ... at least this has been my experience. I think that is why the Bible says to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" ... Nice blog. :)

Christop said...

Here's what I think goes on: I reckon stuff like that is both spiritual and psychological. I think that stuff like that is psychologically explainable, but that what's going on in the person's barin is caused by what's going on at the spiritual level.

Digger said...

Yeah thats pretty much what I've come up with Chris. Stuff is explainable in a physiological way, but often that stuff is caused by spiritual stuff happening.

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