I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me - they're cramming for their final exam.
Do you think people turn to God as they get older?
Disregarding children as they are indoctrinated whether they want it or not, every church I have ever been in had an very high percentage of +60 year old people relative the percentage available in society.
Fear of death is a powerful incentive when it knocks on your door or is even just around the corner.
what happens to the ones that get Alzheimer's?
They get to be reborn every morning when they get up.
Altho', Alzheimers is not a funny disease to go through.
if they can't remember their own family, how on earth will they remember all that doctrine?
alzheimers, would not allow them to think like that. I think they would be just neutral, no thoughts at all, but confusion. not relating to what is around them their enviorment, they can not think as a process, the disease takes it from them, robs them of a quality of life.
OMG LMAO so hard I think I pee'd a little
I think that as we get older, and our hormones begin to settle down, we see everything from a diferent prospective.
regardless of who we are.
We see things we didn't see before, because we were looking at something else at the time.
Oh my gosh. Without a doubt. My father in law laughed at religion for his whole life. When he turned seventy he got religion. It's so bad now, I can't stand to be around him; but it isn't such a bad thing. He feels good about himself and it gives him something to do. Trying to convert us heathens.
scared of unknown, Death.
thinking, hedging the odds in case, nothing more
Yes, but I think fear of the unknown is what motivates religion. An insatiable curiosity is what motivates spirituality. We're all aware of something, we just react differently. (I haven't figured out what motivates those who rule everything out completely)
I read an article about indigenous peoples having a greater probability of having what they labeled an 'explorer' gene. Which made my mind wander through the question of whether genetics causes people to react differently to the question. It's certainly the possibility of the ultimate journey into uncharted territory.
to me, well that is possible, but to me it is freedom of the mind, they have some processed information and conviction from life and learning and have freed themselves of fears.
so the journey is what it is to them, nothing hidden around the next corner.
they accept the death and are at peace with that.
others panic, they need insurance, so they look for the insurance..
But yes, fear of the unknown will motivate a person to act, if it is strong enough inside them they will be obsessive about it,. you are correct I think.
I have an uncle who now in his late sixties and four heart attacks later, and a alchoholic, sober for many years now, has been going to church, religiously. lol
At one time he would not be caught dead in a church, now it just sounds weird to hear my mother say just the other day. "I'm making a bible cover for Raymond?"
What? Raymond has a Bible?
Yes nearing death makes many turn to God. I also think it has something to do with wanting to surround yourself with people who show sympathy and support, which can be found in churches all over the country.
To tell the truth, growing up I always thought that man was a scrooge, and a mizer to say the least. He was my moms brother so I respected that but, lets just say I really didn't want to be around him much.
So now it's hard to forget how he was when my mom goes on about how he now goes to church.
It's interesting that so many nay-sayers turn before they die.
Some would call it fear of death, which is fair enough, for many, BUT, it goes to show just how uncertain they were about their disbelief all their lives!
One thing is for sure, they will be better of than NOT believing!
If there's nothing after death, they win.
If there IS, they also win!
It's only the non-believers that risk too much. Their's is only a 50:50 gable!
disclaimer. Hopefully they choose wisely when they "get religion". They are not all the same.
Pascal came up to this reasoning I believe, after much tribulation trying to find the answer. A Life long search.
except one can't force themselves to believe
No-one forced me to "anything".
I chose to believe quite freely!
No fear of death ever entered my mind at the time.
I was 20, and little, if any interest in God, or anything spiritual.
to me that would be like trying to believe santa claus is real
Did you meet him at age 20?
Please stop equating one with the other.
Does it have to degenerate to this all the time?
no, I've never met god. I convinced myself I had a 'personal relationship' with god, whatever that means.
I don't like the god of the bible who kills people for stupid reasons.
God said sin will kill you.
We sinned, we die. (as a race, I mean).
This same God you say "kills people for stupid reasons" also saves people, loves people and sustains people.
So you say. It doesn't matter what you claim god does that is right.
The bible also shows clearly that the biblical god is a basket case.
Killing and wiping out an entire people is not going to help with the brownie points DJ.
Answer the question.
I know you think God is psychotic, so I won't even go there with you.
What order do you give for my list? Surely you have one!
To the contrary, someone who posts as much about religion and faith in an online online forum as you comes across as the pinnacle of uncertainty. I was inactive at HubPages for a bit, I come back, and you're still posting religion as before This does not appear as someone who is confident in their faith.
Who are more uncertain: those in the years before their death or those that feel the need to convince everyone to their world view for their entire life? I thought so.
it's like they're trying to reassure themselves
It is only the fear. That's all. Your beliefs are CERTAINLY a delusion.
This is the nonsensical arrogance that causes conflict.
Any God that would set up a system like that...and watch his creation squirm...while providing no evidence for his existence is COMPLETELY immoral.
What about your gamble that there is no Allah. Before you get comfortable, don't forget, you might die and find out Allah is God---so convert now to be on the safe side. It's you non-believers, in Allah, who are risking too much.
In other words choose Christianity...and face incredible odds that you may be wrong. dj, you don't have much more of a chance than atheist do, with those odds.
I'd say the odds are so far out to be meaningless!
58. Man was created after the other animals
Man was created before the other animals
59. Seed time and harvest were never to cease
Seed time and harvest did cease for seven years
Gen 41:54,56/ Gen 45:6
60. God hardened Pharaoh's heart
Ex 4:21/ Ed 9:12
Pharaoh hardened his own heart
61. All the cattle and horses in Egypt died
Ex 9:3,6/ 14:9
All the horses of Egypt did not die
62. Moses feared Pharaoh
Ex 2:14,15,23; 4:19
Moses did not fear Pharaoh
63. There died of the plague twenty-four thousand
There died of the plague but twenty-three thousand
1 Cor 10:8
64. John the Baptist was Elias
John the Baptist was not Elias
65. The father of Joseph, Mary's husband was Jacob
The father of Mary's husband was Heli
66. The father of Salah was Arphaxad
The father of Salah was Cainan
67. There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David
There were but thirteen generations from Abraham to David
68. There were fourteen generations from the Babylonian captivity
There were but thirteen generations from the Babylonian
captivity to Christ
69. The infant Christ was taken into Egypt
The infant Christ was not taken into Egypt
Luke 2:22, 39
70. Christ was tempted in the wilderness
Christ was not tempted in the wilderness
71. Christ preached his first sermon on the mount
Christ preached his first sermon on the plain
72. John was in prison when Jesus went into Galilee
John was not in prison when Jesus went into Galilee
John 1:43/ John 3:22-24
73. Christ's disciples were commanded to go forth with a staff
Christ's disciples were commanded to go forth with neither
staffs nor sandals.
74. A woman of Canaan besought Jesus
It was a Greek woman who besought Him
75. Two blind men besought Jesus
Only one blind man besought Him
76. Christ was crucified at the third hour
Christ was not crucified until the sixth hour
77. The two thieves reviled Christ.
Matt 27:44/ Mark 15:32
Only one of the thieves reviled Christ
78. Satan entered into Judas while at supper
Satan entered into him before the supper
79. Judas committed suicide by hanging
Judas did not hang himself, but died another way
80. The potter's field was purchased by Judas
The potter's field was purchased by the Chief Priests
81. There was but one woman who came to the sepulchre
There were two women who came to the sepulchre
82. There were three women who came to the sepulchre
There were more than three women who came to the sepulchre
83. It was at sunrise when they came to the sepulchre
It was some time before sunrise when they came.
84. There were two angels seen by the women at the sepulchre, and
they were standing up.
There was but one angel seen, and he was sitting down.
85. There were two angels seen within the sepulchre.
There was but one angel seen within the sepulchre
86. Christ was to be three days and three nights in the grave
Christ was but two days and two nights in the grave
Mark 15:25,42,44,45,46; 16:9>
87. Holy ghost bestowed at pentecost
Holy ghost bestowed before pentecost
88. The disciples were commanded immediately after the
resurrection to go into Galilee
The disciples were commanded immediately after the
resurrection to go tarry at Jerusalem
89. Jesus first appeared to the eleven disciples in a room at
Luke 24:33,36,37/ John 20:19
Jesus first appeared to the eleven on a mountain in Galilee
90. Christ ascended from Mount Olivet
Christ ascended from Bethany
91. Paul's attendants heard the miraculous voice, and stood
Paul's attendants heard not the voice and were prostrate
92. Abraham departed to go into Canaan
Abraham went not knowing where
93. Abraham had two sons
Abraham had but one son
94. Keturah was Abraham's wife
Keturah was Abraham's concubine
1 Chron 1:32
95. Abraham begat a son when he was a hundred years old, by the
interposition of Providence
Gen 21:2/ Rom 4:19/ Heb 11:12
Abraham begat six children more after he was a hundred years
old without any interposition of providence
96. Jacob bought a sepulchre from Hamor
Abraham bought it of Hamor
97. God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his seed
Gen 13:14,15,17; 17:8
Abraham and his seed never received the promised land
Acts 7:5/ Heb 11:9,13
98. Goliath was slain by Elhanan
2 Sam 21:19 *note, was changed in translation to be
correct. Original manuscript was incorrect>
The brother of Goliath was slain by Elhanan
1 Chron 20:5
99. Ahaziah began to reign in the twelfth year of Joram
2 Kings 8:25
Ahaziah began to reign in the eleventh year of Joram
2 Kings 9:29
100. Michal had no child
2 Sam 6:23
Michal had five children
2 Sam 21:8
101. David was tempted by the Lord to number Israel
2 Sam 24:1
David was tempted by Satan to number the people
1 Chron 21:1
102. The number of fighting men of Israel was 800,000; and of
2 Sam 24:9
The number of fighting men of Israel was 1,100,000; and of
1 Chron 21:5
103. David sinned in numbering the people
2 Sam 24:10
David never sinned, except in the matter of Uriah
1 Kings 15:5
104. One of the penalties of David's sin was seven years of
2 Sam 24:13
It was not seven years, but three years of famine
1 Chron 21:11,12
105. David took seven hundred horsemen
2 Sam 8:4
David took seven thousand horsemen
1 Chron 18:4
106. David bought a threshing floor for fifty shekels of silver
2 Sam 24:24
David bought the threshing floor for six hundred shekels of
1 Chron 21:25
107. David's throne was to endure forever.
David's throne was cast down
Just what are you doing posting up babblical facts !!! why can't you stick to random generalisations, self-conceited expoundings about how god talks to you and some slightly erotic relationship with a dead guy who may or may not have existed ! If you are going to go for objectivity I will stop following your posts here for my occasionall amusement any more
Just making the case for religion.
Do you think the religionists will go and gird their loins and dive in here?
but there are no contradictions - brotherochanlan said so!
what does he say? no contradictions, just sloppy interpretations
Yep. Sloppy interpretations is what he said. I only put up the scripture, I thought he did all the interpreting!
why doesn't the bible just get to the point, rather than having to be 'interpreted'?
I have been close to death plenty of times, it is a real buzz actually!
Every corner looks like impending death in motorcycle racing. It didn't frighten me into believing in fairies.
I also died on the table during a 5 hour surgery. No rushing off to god for me then either. It never crossed my mind then or at any other time when I thought my number was up.
When my graft would not take, I faced death again daily for over a week, same deal, no little helper needed, in fact I remained in good spirits.
Sorry DJ, in my experience it just doesn't happen.
I don't need a god when I die, not that scared.
Of course YOU don't need any god.
I have come to accept that this is your choice.
But, as the OP pointed out, many (not all) do turn to the Spiritual at the point of passing.
To me, it shows how little REAL certainty they had about their "lack" of belief all their lives previous.
I think as we grow older, we also grow some amount of wisdom. Our wisdom points out to us, as we see our past life full of ups and downs, that everything happened were not purely within our control. Every hope we had at the prime youth when nothing looked impossible, did not materialize into realities, despite our best efforts and best self-conviction.
As we grow older, we realize that science does not have all the answers and all that we believed as scientific need not really be so and some of them might just end up as beliefs! We understand that for many questions about life, love, relationships, death, existence or absence of God, pleasure, pain, self-will, fate etc which we felt comprehensible, were not all too clearly comprehensible; many doubts linger; many original convictions get diluted; more new doubts arise; we get more exposed to our ignorance to solve the problems of the world with the knowledge of material world.
So we look where our ancestors were looking at for answers, explanations and guidelines. We turn to Bible (or such religious scripture). Our wisdom now says, "after all, there are answers here too. I only failed to notice or acknowledge it earlier."
My experience of getting older is quite different to this.
The more I see and learn as I get older, the more ridiculous belief in myths become.
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