Belief In God A Mental Illness: America's War On Religion
The NewsNerd, is an online satirical publication. They recently published an article entitled: "American Psychological Association To Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness".The basic idea of the story is as follows:
A strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power; a belief that impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness. That's According to the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA conducted a 5 year study that allegedly shows that devout religious people often suffer from anxiety, emotional distress, hallucinations, and paranoia. Whether someone believes in a punitive, or a benevolent God, the study concludes that both groups are disconnected from reality.
"...With the new classification, the APA will lobby to introduce legislation which would allow doctors the right to force life-saving treatment on those who refuse it for spiritual reasons on the grounds that they are mentally incapable of making decisions about their health..."
Since it has often been said that the United States is a Christian nation; a nation founded on Christian principles, it would be quite ironic for the APA to issue such a report. It also seems beyond the realm of possibility that a law would ever be passed giving the state the authority to force life-saving treatment upon those who refuse it for spiritual,or religious reasons. But the truth is, we are just two steps away from this becoming a reality!
Here are the steps:
• Step 1: Public Safety Laws, and laws concerning domestic terrorism.
• Step 2: Public Perception of God: casting doubt upon the metaphysical, and spiritual aspect of religion. For example, the miracles performed by Jesus, life after death, spirit entities, etc..
Public Safety Laws
In the fictional account above, the government intrusion is justified in order to save lives. However, in real life the government often uses this very same tactic. There are many examples, but the seat belt law is one of the most obvious. Contrary to all of the official safety rhetoric, there two primary purposes for the the seat belt law:
1. to help condition the populace to government intrusion and control
2. to collect millions of dollars through traffic fines
According to the NHTSA Between 1899 and 2003, there have been approx. 3,240,1407 traffic fatalities, in the United States alone. The truth is, the number of traffic fatalities, and the bloody wars that continue to be waged by the U.S., clearly illustrate that saving lives has never been a priority in this country. However, mind control is a number one priority of the government. I am not going to spend a lot of time on this section since most of you should already be aware of the not so subtle ways in which the government continues to manipulate and control the proletariat. For those of you who may require any further proof, I suggest that you remain on the short bus until you reach your destination. There is no need for you to proceed any further.
Public Safety laws are designed to have a cumulative effect. This is similar to various poisons that can be administered to an individual in small doses. The cumulative effect of small doses creates a buildup of toxin; the gradual increase ultimately reaches a level which can kill the host. Of course, in this particular context, the purpose of the "poison" is to subjugate and control the host.Since the insidious Social Security Act of 1935, the U.S. government has continued to pass laws that intrude upon individual privacy and erode civil liberties. From the seat belt laws, to the Patriot Act, we can see how "Public Safety" is simply a convenient excuse for government intrusion, and control. And it's working! Many Americans have become so accustomed to government control that they will even defend government policies that are intrusive and unwarranted. For instance, it is not uncommon for a victim of mind control to parrot the importance of using a seat belt, or to defend the use of video surveillance in public buildings,in court houses, on every city street, and in shopping malls; never stopping to look at the big picture. Finally, if the reader should be confused by my remark concerning the Social Security Act of 1935, please remember, I have already advised you to stay on the short bus!
Academia's Perception of God
Certainly, since the beginning of the 20th century, there has been a movement within the Christian community to downplay the metaphysical side of the Bible: the miracles performed by Jesus,demonic possession ,visions, prophesy,and the ability to communicate with spirits, angels, or even God. Many Christians have been encouraged by the secular community to focus on the philosophical, ethical, and socially redeeming aspects of the Bible. Although psychologists have championed the positive effects of the "Golden Rule", a great many consider the metaphysical aspects of religion to be pure fantasy, delusion, or superstition. I have provided the following excerpts from articles found on the APA site to further illustrate:
From: Daily Spiritual Experiences Before and After Near-Death Experiences
Surbhi Khanna and Bruce Greyson, University of Virginia Health System
"...Daily spiritual experiences have been shown to enhance the lives of persons having them, having been linked to various positive outcomes in psychological state and relationships. A relationship with the transcendent appears to be enriching and important in and of itself, independent of any religious association. Hospitalized patients who reported more frequent daily spiritual experiences have better social support, cognitive function, and cooper-
ation with medical staff as well as less depression and need for long-term care (Koenig, George, Titus, & Meador, 2004)..."
"...Prior research has established that NDErs ( Those who have had Near Death Experiences) often report a greater appreciation for life, a renewed sense of purpose, greater confidence and flexibility in coping with life’s vicissitudes, increased values of love and service, greater compassion for others, a heightened sense of spiritual purpose, decreased concern with personal status and material possessions, and a greatly reduced fear of death (Greyson, 2006; Noyes et al., 2009)..."
In spite of the positive effects of religious, or metaphsysical experiences that have been acknowledged and documented by psychologists, as in the excerpts above, many psychologists do not take these experiences seriously. Many view these experiences as hallucinations brought on by trauma, and stress; a peculiar mental phenomena that simply serves as a placebo. The following excerpt supports this assertion:
From: Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Psychologists
© 2013 American Psychological Association (various authors)
" ...Finally, there is evidence that psychologists hold explicit and implicit negative biases based on perceived client religiosity, for example, appraising religious clients as more mentally ill or having a poorer prognosis (O’Connor & Vandenberg, 2005; Ruff, 2008). Perceptions of psychologist bias or prejudice against religion and spirituality may prevent utilization of services by clients who find these domains important, as well as limiting referrals from clergy or spiritual directors who fear the spiritual or religious domain might be ignored, misunderstood or athologized in psychotherapy (Richards & Bergin, 2000; Worthington & Sandage, 2002)..."
Looking For VOO Without The DOO
Here is one good example of how so-called "scholars" dismiss the reality of the metaphysical with crude experiments designed to support their materialistic notions.
The following excerpts explore a study performed by Harvard University psychology professor Daniel M. Wegner, PhD. The idea of Wegners study was to show how people mistakenly claim authorship of occurrences; believing, for example, that they can cause someone to have a headache when they prick a voodoo doll.
From the article: Who Really Does That Voodoo?
By Melissa Dittmann_October 2003
"... people who are hypnotized or engaging in spiritual or occult-related ceremonies often feel that they are not determining--and are also not responsible for--their actions."
" ...In his study, participants played a "witch doctor" and were instructed to stick pins in a voodoo doll in the presence of another person who played a "victim." Victims were instructed to arrive late to the experiment and behave impolitely to cause the witch doctors to dislike them. After the voodoo ceremony, the victims feigned a headache. As a result, the witch doctors often claimed authorship of the victims' headaches. "Apparently having evil thoughts about a person makes it more likely that we will feel responsible for harm to that person," Wegner said."
It is quite sobering, and actually frightening that someone with a Harvard degree would have the confidence to publish such nonsense. This is only compounded by the fact that the APA actually published this on their website! In this study, participants were only "pretending" to be witch doctors. Consequently, Wegner's conclusions shed no new light upon the practice of voodoo whatsoever. His study only reveals that some people, through the pretense of having a mystical power, who believe they can actually manifest such a power, are just as ignorant as he is. This study is another case of the blind leading the blind, and further illustrates why I eschewed the academic route many years ago. True knowledge and understanding is not the sole province of prestigious universities. In fact, such institutions often appear to have the effect of "dumbing down" otherwise intelligent people.
A man cannot write a symphony simply by pretending to be a composer, nor can he win a race by pretending to be a race car driver. It takes years, and in some cases a lifetime to master certain disciplines. How could anyone expect that the complex issue of reaching out across time and space, and altering the physical state of another human being could be so easily done? Simply by pretending? Wegner obviously approached this study from the standpoint of disbelief. His carelessness in organizing the study illustrates a lack of concern for serious scientific inquiry. We can clearly see that Wegner's approach reveals a deep seated bias against the metaphysical, and shows that he had already reached a conclusion beforehand. The purpose of the experiment was only to validate his preconception. These are the types of men who will eventually take humanity to the point of no return.
Maxims of Macerated Egos
The war on truth has always been spearheaded by those whom the government has held up to the public as highly educated, and intelligent men and women. A relatively recent example is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is a world famous African-American astrophysicist, and author. He has written and broadcast extensively about his views concerning God, and spirituality, and how metaphysics relates to science. When asked if he believed in a higher power, Tyson responded:
“Every account of a higher power that I’ve seen described, of all religions that I’ve seen, include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence.”
“Great scientific minds, from Claudius Ptolemy of the second century to Isaac Newton of the seventeenth, invested their formidable intellects in attempts to deduce the nature of the universe from the statements and philosophies contained in religious writings…. Had any of these efforts worked, science and religion today might be one and the same. But they are not.”
The first statement reveals Tyson's ignorance on several counts. There is no rule, or universal law that stipulates a God or Creator must by default be benevolent. There is nothing to preclude the possibility that the human being is nothing more than a source of food! If Tyson would only learn to "talk to the animals" he would learn many great truths. Furthermore, I collaborated on a song years ago entitled, "Heaven". Here is the chorus:
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die
Everybody Wants To Know The Truth They're Afraid It Was A Lie
Everybody Wants To Talk To God But Nobody Has The Time
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die
Excerpt from "Heaven" © 1984 wrenchBiscuit/ Theriault
The song chorus illuminates the sentiment expressed by Neil Degrasse Tyson. Of course, Tyson surely realizes that everyone is born to die. But this simple truth should alert even a simpleton to the fact that death is part of the natural order. However , in his comment, Tyson treats death as something "evil". When he states " ... the universe wants to kill us", we can clearly understand that, just like a child, because the process of death will often involve great physical and emotional pain, Tyson has decided that death is "bad". His arrogant nature,and ignorance of spiritual matters, has blinded him to the fact that pain, suffering, and death are all part of our spiritual evolution. We simply must die in order to get to the next step.
His mention of Claudius Ptolemy and Isaac Newton in the second comment served no good purpose, other than to gratuitously align himself with these great thinkers. There have been many great scientific and technological achievements since the 17th century; things that Ptolemy or Newton could have never foreseen. Likewise, there is even more understanding and revelation yet to come. It is absurd to suggest that what remained unknown, and undiscovered between the 2nd and the 17th century, or what remains unknown today, negates the existence of God. It is even more absurd to suggest that the a man might scientifically deduce the nature of the universe nearly 200 years before the splitting of the atom!
Quotations of Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist best remembered for his coverage of the Scopes “Monkey” trial. According to his autobiographical notes,Mencken was an outspoken atheist and anti-theist. He was also a proponent of libertarianism, an admirer of Nietzsche and a disbeliever in democracy. His aim in writing was not to improve society, but to make life “measurably more bearable for the civilized minority in America". The folly of H. L. Mencken, as well as atheism in general, is that more often than not, the atheist will create a fiction, and then base an argument upon that fiction. Of course their argument will usually seem plausible without a closer inspection, as it commonly highlights the inconsistencies, shortcomings, and transgressions of the fiction they themselves have created.
Here are some of his quotes concerning mysticism and religion.
1."Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong ... The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant." — H L Mencken, Minority Report (1956)
Analysis: In the first quotation we see that Mencken clearly contradicts himself. He states that the truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant. But he clearly demonstrates here, and in much of his writing, that he has no tolerance for anything beyond his reach. And Mencken is not in the least bit skeptical of atheism, or a god-less universe. He apparently never realized that a mere human being could not possibly have the ability to comprehend and explain God, the beginning and end of all matter, or the material universe. His statements clearly illustrate the arrogance, and hypocrisy of the atheist.
2." Since the earliest days the church, as an organization, has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings." — H L Mencken, Treatise on the Gods.
Analysis: The first thing we notice here is that Mencken's primary focus is on the Christian Church. If we didn't know better, according to Mencken, it appears that Christianity is the only religion in the entire world! He doesn't specifically mention Christianity here, but we can understand from his writings in general , and his mention of slavery in this quotation that he is most likely referring to the Christian Church.
Yes, as an Indigenous person I am quite aware that many atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity, but Christianity is not the only religion in the world. There were many religions here in the New World for tens of thousands of years, long before the arrival of Columbus. I am also not aware of Buddhists, Jainists, or any followers of Wicca, or the Bahai Faith, committing similar crimes against humanity. In this respect, the Christian Church is unique among other religions of the New World. Furthermore, the evil deeds of one man, or an entire church, is not necessarily a reflection on that particular faith, nor does it negate the existence of God. If every so-called Christian ever born did nothing but commit evil acts from the day they were born to the day that they died, it would not change one word in the Christian Bible. And so, we can see that this quotation is in error by attacking a religion, when it is the various leaders, and followers of that faith who have committed the transgressions.
3."Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible." — H L Mencken, Minority Report (1956)
Analysis: This is a most ridiculous statement since science originally derived from natural philosophy, which was a branch of metaphysics. It also borders on a lie because the study of metaphysics is a search for truth and knowledge. Speaking strictly for myself, I do not seek to "prove" anything to anyone. I am a seeker of knowledge, and so I am happy to learn all that I can, and then share that knowledge. It appears that Mencken is the one who has something to prove, and he has done quite well in proving that his arguments are quite pedestrian.
4. "God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters." — H L Mencken, Minority Report: H L Mencken’s Notebooks, no. 35 (1956)
Analysis: Here Mencken takes the truth and combines it with his own feelings to produce a vitriolic attack upon the downtrodden who seek refuge in God. Here, he has made the leap from condemning the powerful to ridiculing the helpless. Obviously, it is Mencken who has the macerated ego and who has a need to feel superior, as such an attack serves no other purpose. For the sake of argument, who can even suggest that a man who has lost all that is near and dear to him, is better off to deny God, and to remain hopeless?
5. "When I die, I shall be content to vanish into nothingness.... No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever. I do not believe in immortality, and have no desire for it."
— H L Mencken, from Laurence J Peter, Peter’s Quotations: Ideas for Our Time.
Analysis: I have recently pondered the notion that perhaps people like Mencken feel this way because they truly have no souls. Perhaps when they die there is nothing for them but oblivion. That would explain why they are so angry. In fact, to be soulless in a world where a majority have the potential to live forever, would by far, exceed the pain of a poor man working in a rich mans house.
A Masterpiece of Tyranny
According to CNSNEWS.com, In 2013 there was a decline in the number of people who believed in miracles, heaven, and other religious teachings.
• 72 percent believed in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005
• 68 percent believed in heaven, down from 75 percent
• 64 percent believe in the survival of the soul after death, down from 69 percent
• 68 percent believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72 percent
According to livescience.com (June 05, 2014) only 4 in 10 Americans believe that God created the Earth 10,000 years ago. Though the percentage of people who believe in creationism has changed little over the decades, the percentage of people who believe humans evolved without God has more than doubled, and the percentage who believe in God-guided evolution has decreased.
When we consider both the Public Safety Laws, and a declining belief in God and spirituality, we can understand that the stage is being set for the complete, and perpetual enslavement of the human race. What is most tragic is that a majority will never see the last ray of freedom fade on the distant horizon. The user friendly facade of the New World Order will impart to the majority that our ever deepening state of oppression is for the greater good. Illusion and deception has, thus far, been the ruling elite's fundamental key to success. An emphasis on nationalism has greatly helped in this direction. Since the Revolutionary War, and the forming of the United States Constitution, the American people have been duped by atheists such as Thomas Paine into believing that America is all about "us", when it has always been about "them". The Revolutionary War was fought so that wealthy landowners like George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, could begin composing this masterpiece of tyranny.
The Power of God
One might wonder why the government would be so concerned about what people believe, as far as the supernatural is concerned. In a word: Power. In two words: Power & Control.To better understand, let us first examine government control from a materialistic perspective.
We can already see how we have been herded together and controlled through a system of Supermarkets and Public Utilities. Many regard these as systems created for the common good , but they are systems of control that keep the masses dependent upon the state. A good rule of thumb when considering anything provided by the state is to ask yourself, "Does this make me more independent, or does it give the state more control over my life?"
The easiest way to control large groups of people is by exploiting human weakness. Like moths to a flame, human beings are strongly attracted to convenience and comfort. By providing oppressive systems that exploit this human weakness, the state can easily control tens of millions of people. The real beauty of this "friendly" approach to oppression, is that the oppressed victims will actually support, encourage, police, and protect such systems. This is because the human quickly becomes addicted to comfort and convenience. Of course in some cases, an individual can go off the grid and grow their own food. They can also provide their own utilities by using alternative means, such as solar power, the collection of rainwater, etc..
But in many cases, this is prohibited by various laws that might govern a particular community. Overall, people are discouraged in a variety of ways from becoming independent of the "system". For example, here in the state of Florida, the sun shines nearly 365 days a year! Yet, I cannot recall ever seeing a billboard with an advertisement for private solar energy. To date, not one! Yes there are people in Florida who are off the grid, but they are few and far between. Rest assured, the lack of widespread solar energy in Florida is a direct result of the status quo's reluctance to relinquish it's monopoly on electrical power. This in turn keeps the citizen dependent upon the state, which helps to maintain the Power & Control of the state. But in order to completely control the populace, maintaining control over the materialistic , physical aspect of man is not enough, the state must also inhibit the metaphysical aspect of human existence.
We must understand that each human being is a complete sovereign unto himself. Each of us not only has the physical power, but also the spiritual power to govern our own lives. Even in the Christian Bible it speaks of how "free will" was bestowed upon mankind by God the Creator. Evil men who lust for power and control have taken away our free will and replaced it with the rule of governments. By regaining control of the spiritual aspect of human existence, we can regain control of the materialistic aspect as well.
Although it will never be possible for a mortal man to understand God, or the origins of the material universe, there is still much spiritual knowledge that we are capable of learning and using for the benefit of mankind. This knowledge comes in many forms,and it is beyond the scope of this essay to delve into specific examples. However, I will provide the reader with one example of spiritual power, and it's usefulness to man:
The Christian philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg related in his famous work, "Heaven and Hell", that evil spirits who sought to inhabit the outer heavens eventually chose to descend into Hell of their own accord. This was because, as Swedenborg explained, even in the outer heavens, a spirit cannot hide it's true self, or true evil intentions behind a friendly smile, insincerity, or a calculated act of kindness. On the contrary, in the outer heavens all is revealed. The evil spirit appears disfigured and hideously ugly to those spirits of a greater moral character. Consequently, the evil spirit is not "cast out", but is shunned by the majority who belong at that particular level.. Naturally, seeking companionship and camaraderie, the evil spirit will descend into the upper hells, or even to the lower hells in order to correspond with those spirits who are vibrating at a similar immoral frequency.
Such a condition, or ability to see the good, or evil intentions of an individual manifested upon their exterior form will seem fantastic to many. But I have found that it is possible to develop this particular ability here in the material world. When I first meet an individual, I can see upon their exterior self whether or not their general intentions are good, evil, or somewhere in-between.I use the word "see" since there is no word in the English language which gives the proper description. I suspect that I am able to do this using a combination of spiritual and materialistic assets, as they are inextricably related; the former being the dominant assets. Over the years, I have noticed that I have learned to do this without personal physical contact, such as through correspondence via the internet. Just imagine if a majority of Americans suddenly understood, and were able to utilize this power. Politicians, used car salesman, and lawyers would all be standing in the unemployment line! The divorce rate would instantly plummet overnight, as men and women would clearly see the true intentions of their future spouse. And young soldiers, men and women, would no longer forfeit their lives to fulfill the aspirations of a greedy ruling elite.
Learning how to utilize such a powerful spiritual asset could alone literally change the world.Now, embrace the fact that this talent, this asset I have just described to you, is only one of many that are available to the human. This is why the government must make us believe that we are powerless, and that only the government can protect us and provide for our needs. Once the cat is out of the bag there will be no turning back, and world governments will crumble like evil castles made of sand. In those days, the few who have previously enjoyed great personal wealth, to the detriment of the many, will cut their own wrists, and throw themselves upon the rocks. For them, to live in a world of true freedom will only be a living hell.
What You Should Know About Science
I do not subscribe to any one religious, or philosophical school of thought, nor do I feel it is necessary. I am a seeker of knowledge. Today I am exploring the art of living, of suffering, and of dying. In this world, and in this time and place, there is nothing else to do! I challenge the reader to think of anything else that can be done in this world. In fact, we are often experiencing all three of these materialistic conditions simultaneously.
Being a professional musician, and guitarist for many years, I have on occasion encountered musicians who are so fascinated with the physical aspect, or beauty of the guitar, that they seemed to have forgotten that it is a man, and the spirit of a man, which enables the instrument to speak. The instrument itself is simply a dumb piece of wood with strings attached. We can understand science in the same manner. It is only an instrument to be used for the benefit of mankind. Otherwise, it is less than a dumb brute. Certainly, it is not something that we should worship above God and all else. Science is simply mankind's feeble attempt to find an explanation, to make sense of the world around us, and to realize a better future. But as we have seen throughout the historical record, science can become toxic, and lethal when combined with the arrogance of man, and the ignorance of the masses.
A learned chemist cannot formulate a theory concerning the origin of mind, matter, or energy. The geologist cannot determine the beginning or end of the Earth. Likewise, when attempting to study the motion of heavenly bodies, an astronomer is incapable of determining the beginning or the ending of their movements. An astronomer can only determine passing events, such as eclipses, and planetary orbits. The astronmer has not a clue to the origin of motion. The astronomer cannot account for an object, or a material at rest. He cannot explain how a material can be imbued with motion except from without, or from pre-existing molecular motion.
The biologist cannot conceive of a rational, scientific beginning to the life of plant or animal. The mathematician uses straight lines in his calculations when such things do not even exist.Consequently, such calculations are only approximations; a grossly primitive attempt to achieve a deeper understanding of the universe.None of these sciences, or disciplines, can account for the primal cause of life and matter. They cannot predict the beginning or ending of anything under the sun.Their studies begin with the unknown and end with the unknowable. And so, when a scientist reaches his depth and can go no further, he will propose a "theory" for what is yet unknown, and incomprehensible. But the "theory" of science, is not far removed from the "faith" of the mystic. Osiyo!
© 2015 Ronnie wrenchBiscuit