THE BIOLOGY OF FAITH

THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF: –

Science and religion argue all the time, but they increasingly agree on one thing: a little spirituality may be very good for your health. – Spirituality predicts for better disease control. A large body of science shows a positive impact of religion on health. The way the brain works is so compatible with religion and spirituality that we are going to be enmeshed in both for a long time.

When people engage in prayer, it is the frontal lobes that take the lead, since they govern focus and concentration. During very deep prayer, the parietal lobe powers down, which is what allows us to experience that sense of having loosed our earthly moorings.

Fasting: –

Faith and health overlap other ways too. One of the staples of both traditional wellness protocols and traditional religious rituals is the cleansing fast, which is said to purge toxins in the first case and purge sins or serve other pious ends in the second. Jews fast on Yom Kippur, Catholics have lent, Muslims observe Ramadan, and Hindus give up food on 18 major holidays. Done right, these fasts may lead to a state of clarity and even euphoria. This in turn can give practitioners the blissful sense that whether the goal of food restriction is health or spiritual insight, it’s being achieved. When the body is deprived of calories, first the liver and then fat compensate for the deficit, providing energy for needy cells. This altered body chemistry can affect the brain, leading some to feel an otherworldly connection.

Faith and Health: –

Religious belief is not just a mind question but involves the commitment of one’s body as well. People who maintain a sense of gratitude for what is going right in their lives have reduced incidence of depression, which is itself a predictor of health. People who believe their lives have meaning live longer than people who don’t. Given the generally higher incidence of obesity, hypertension and other lifestyle ills among African Americans, the church is in a powerful position to do a lot of good. The body is a temple, and the connection can be made between the physical body and religious and spiritual well-being.

Common Faith: –

A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur’an is another, and yoga practice is a third and so on. None is better than any other, all are equal. The most conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, “ I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” Americans are no longer buying it. At present 65 percent Americans believe that “Many religions can lead to eternal life” Also the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside church is growing. 30% of Americans call themselves “Spiritual, not Religious”. You are not picking and choosing from different religions, because they are all the same. It’s about whatever works. If going to Yoga works, great – and going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the Yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that’s great too. That means whatever gives the peace in mind called spirituality is good.

FAITH’S PLACE

FAITH’S PLACE: –

Belief in Spiritual power is a universal trait. We were custom-made for re- ligious experience. The human brain even at its ancient, primitive core is less an organ of impulse than a machine of reason. We are built to make sense of things. Our brains restlessly scan the world for patterns in chaos and causes in coincidence. We crave explanation and when faced with the ineffable, sometimes we create the answer. For many people, the answer to the most indescribable question of all – “Why do we exist?” – is GOD.

Neuroscientists have spent years studying history, myth and biology in their quest to understand the universality of spiritual experience and its evolutionary function. In his studies of the brains of Tibetan monks and Franciscan nuns, radiologist Andrew Newberg seeks out the relationship between neural activity and mystical experience. Many scientists believe the connection between the brain and spirituality, which suggests that there is a physiological basis for religion – that human beings, in essence, are hard-wired for GOD.

Some neuroscientists theorize that Homo sapience have evolved the capacity to experience GOD primarily through the amygdale, a small almond shaped structure buried deep in the brain. The amygdale along with the hippocampus and hypothalamus, make up the limbic system, the first formed and most primitive part of the brain, where emotions, sexual pleasure and deeply felt memories arise. Spiritual experience is not based on superstition but instead is real, biological and part of our primitive biological derives.

May be the ability to experience GOD and the spirituality sublime is an in- herited limbic trait. May be we evolved these neurons to better cope with the unknown, to perceive and respond to spiritual messages because they would increase the likelihood of our survival. Consciousness create so much anxiety that our species had to come up with the cognitive adaptation to deal with the pain of our intelligence – being able to think about our own mortality for instance. So it came up with the brain modification that allows us to believe in an alternative reality, that when we die there is a spiritual part of us that will live forever.

Am I religious? No, I am Spiritual? Yes, I certainly do not believe in an- thropomorphic (something not human) GOD. I would say that the kingdom of GOD is inside us all. The brain is the chamber of GOD. It allows us to re- alize GOD and contemplate GOD, whatever GOD is.

PRAYERS FOR EVERY FAITH

FINAL PRAYER FOR EVERY FAITH: –

Have mercy upon me O Lord, hear me as I pray.
Cleans me from my sin, create faith within my heart.
Grant me patience in my trail, and peace to my troubled heart.

FINAL THANKS TO GOD: –

Thank you God for nice world to see, Thank you God for birds to sing,
Thank you God for food to eat,
Thank you God for everything you give us.

A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD: –

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, The bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.

Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect,
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of sun heal us, wherever we are broken,
Let it burn away the fog, so that we can see each other clearly,
So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun, melt our selfishness,

So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of sun be so strong that we see all people as our neighbors. Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty, and let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

DAILY MORNING PRAYER: –

Dear GOD,
Today I woke up
I’m Healthy
I’m Alive
I’m Blessed
I apologize for all my complaining
I’m truly grateful for all you have done in my life.

THE ROLE OF FAITH IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT

THE ROLE OF FAITH IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT
One of the most important findings of cross-cultural conflict resolution re- search is that religion is a perpetual and perhaps inevitable factor in both conflict and conflict resolution. Religion, after all, is a powerful constituent of cultural norms and values, and because it addresses the most profound existential issues of human life (e.g., freedom and inevitability, fear and faith, security and insecurity, right and wrong, sacred and irreligious), religion is deeply implicated in individual and social conceptions of peace. To transform the conflicts harassing the world today, we need to uncover the conceptions of peace within our diverse religious and cultural traditions, while seeking the common ground among them.

When we speak of the role of faith in cross-cultural conflict resolution, our challenge is to honor the diversity of the world’s humanistic and spiritual traditions while seeking common ground among them, that common ground is that we are all same GOD’s creation, he is our GENERATOR, OPERATOR and DESTROYER. What we need is an agenda for research, dialogue and activism that is global in conception and responsive to common challenges of peacemaking and coexistence within and among the world’s many traditions. It is no longer sufficient for transnational peace agendas to be defined primarily by the cultural experiences and perceived security threats of a particular nation or culture. We need new frameworks for organizing knowledge about religion, culture and spirituality – frameworks that recognize the powerful role that faith and belief play in conflict and conflict resolution, and that do not privilege one culture as ‘normal’ and label another as ‘exceptional’. Education of the masses about different religions is the key in resolving conflicts.

Many Religions, One Community: –

Our contemporary situation raises many serious questions:

How can different cultures and faith groups find ways to live together in peace and prosperity in a shared society? To what extent are tensions be- tween different faith groups and cultures inevitable? How should these ten- sions be understood and handled? History provides us with a number of resources for thinking about these questions and about how we might an- swer them today.

The Rise and Fall of Islamic countries highlight a period in history when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together and flourished. At the height of this era, people of these different faiths and cultures learned each other’s languages, translated each other’s great works of literature, philosophy and science, and benefited from a time of peace and prosperity. But this period of peace and prosperity was brought to an end by interfaith conflict, misunderstanding and intolerance. What implications do this historical period and its decline have for interfaith and cross-cultural relations in our community, our nation and in the world today?

MYSTERY OF CIVILIZATION

MYSTERY OF CIVILIZATION: –

Let us stop to think about it, but when you do, could anything be wrapped in more mystery than this world’s civilization?

How to explain the astonishing paradox. A world of human minds that can send astronauts to the moon and back, produce the marvels of science and technology, transplant human hearts – yet cannot solve simple human problem of family life and group relationships, or peace between nations?

The developed nations have made awesome progress. They have produced a highly mechanized world providing every luxury, modern convenience and means of pleasure. Yet they are cursed with crime, violence, injustice, sickness and disease (CORONAVIRUS), broken homes and families. At the same time more than half the world is living in illiteracy, hopeless poverty, filth and unpleasantness. Violence and destruction are rapidly multiplying. Many ask, why? If GOD exists, does he allow so much violence and human suffering?

Humanity was created on earth for a glorious and wonderful purpose. GOD was reproducing himself. Stated another way, GOD’s purpose was to create humanity to become supremely happy and joyful in peace and perfect comfort, to become productive, creative, and joyfully successful with eternal life. But to accomplish it, humanity must make its own decisions.

We hope you and your loved ones are well and staying healthy. Together, our global society has entered uncharted waters as we deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a pandemic of unprecedented magnitude in our lifetimes, requiring herculean responses. It is unfolding as one of the defining moments of our generation. HUMANITY NEEDS AND DEMANDS YOUR HELP.