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Religious Experience is Personal !

Updated on April 29, 2012
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Faith comes form living and observing

A religious experience is personal, and not observable. I do see how a religious experience is proof for the individual experiencing it. Furthermore, if you take into account the number of individuals that have had a religious experience, and compare them to the number of people living at the time, there is definitely enough proof statistically, of some type of phenomenon, to persuade a reasonable person to conclude that something has taken place.

Mass Delusions

To think that all of those people are experiencing some sort of mass delusions rather than a religious experience seems pretentious, if not ridiculous. Proof may lie in the belief of others’ experiences, but the statistics can not be ignored. Even if one were to believe that all of the people who have had religious experiences are simply lying about them, there is still a phenomenon that deserves attention.

Consider why that many individuals would choose to lie about such an event. Why would the events be so similar in nature? To me, logically; the only answer that makes since is that those individuals did in fact experience a religious phenomenon of some type. You could easily argue that the experience I am about to share wasn’t religious, but if not religious then what was it?

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My Religious Experience

About seven years ago my family and I were on our way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a much needed vacation. We were driving down, mostly because I enjoy long drives, it seems to me that there is no better time to reflect on life and the implications there of. We were about five miles east of I-275, traveling west on I-74 when it began to rain. As we neared the city; the rain began pouring heavily, and it was difficult to see much past the front of my vehicle. I carefully maneuvered the exchange ramp onto I-275, at which time the rain seemed to pour down even more heavily.

Just after the ramp our car began to loose power, we were slowing down, and it seemed that traffic had sped up. Which, is typical for that location, the speed limit may drop 10 miles an hour, but the general traffic picks up about 5 to 10. There was a point, just before the exit that we took, that I could only continue at 25 miles an hour maximum. We had to take that exit, either that or be run over by the traffic.

As we continued down the exit the car seemed to run fine, I pulled into the nearest gas station, in under the canopy, where I inspected the vehicle as best as I could. Everything seemed fine; no leaks, busted hoses, broken belts, loose wires, or any problems that I could see, and the car seemed to run fine. We decided to continue and if there were any more problems, I had family not far from there that we hoped we could make it to. The rain was still terrible, and I drove cautiously, but the car was fine.

We got back onto the interstate and about a half mile down the road there was a wreck, we were just close enough to see it. It was the worst accident I have ever seen, vehicles on both sides, east and west, were piled up; it looked like at least three semi-trucks were involved and at least 15 vehicles if not more. Authorities hadn’t even made it there, and we were close in the line of traffic, so it had to of just happened. My wife and I were in shock, we couldn’t believe how close we had been to being in that horrible mess ahead of us. If the car hadn’t messed up we may well have been. The car ran fine the rest of the trip, and is still running fine now it has never acted like it did that night since. To some this may not seem very religious, but to me, it is definitely religious and no one could ever convince me otherwise.

Have you ever had a religious experience?

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Fennelseed, thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad that you were comforted at a time when it was most needed. I am so sorry for your loss, a parent should never have to lay a child to rest. You will be in my prayers, and I hope the day brings you much comfort and enjoyment.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Yes, I believe also that there was divine intervention in your trip that day and I am not a religious person, least not in the conventional sense. I did have an religious experience about 25 years ago. I was attending the funeral of a cousin who had lost his life in a car accident. I was seated at the front of the church with the rest of the family. David was only 21 when he died. It was a very big funeral and very emotional. I looked at the casket and tried to imagine David in there. I suddenly had an over powering sense that the casket was empty and that David was somewhere very warm and safe and that he was okay. The feeling was so strong that I had to force myself to keep still for the urge to stand up in front of all those mourning and say "It's okay, David is okay, he is safe and he is being looked after" was overwhelming . Given that I came from the atheist side of the family this action from me would not have been appreciated. I kept this to myself for many, many years and during that time when ever I thought of David the same warm sensation came over me and I felt content that he was okay. 18 months ago I lost my own son. He was 29. At his funeral I didn't feel any attachment to that casket at all, I knew from previous experience that my son wasn't in there. It has been a difficult road, but I do draw so much strength from the messages provided to me the day of David's funeral.

      How much proof is there in a feeling - all the proof in the world. My experience in that church all those years ago has helped enormously for what was to come. Some divine being reached out to me and is there for me now, and my son is safe and warm and right by their side.

      Thank you for this insightful and open article and for the opportunity to recount my experience. My votes and best wishes to you.

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      dmop 6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      ChristyWrites, thank you for reading, and for the vote. I get the shivers sometimes when I think about this experience as well. Have a great day.

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      dmop 6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      rdlang05, thank you for stopping by and for reading, I have had quite a few experiences similar to this, but this one is probably the most profound.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for sharing your experience. It left me with shivers. I agree this is a religious experience. Vote up.

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I think you are wise to recognize and perceive this as a religious experience.

      Thanks for this hub!