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Neurotheology and manifestation of God

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Introduction

With Jesus our ancestor in Middle East could experience a physical manifestation of God through Jesus miracles. 

Now 2000 years later we are talking about a physical manifestation of God in our brain.

I saw two videos.

  1. The Ted seminar  “This is Your Brain on God | Michael Ferguson | TEDxSaltLakeCity
  2. Morgan Freemans “The story of God“. I will focus this post on what was said in this video starting at 1:35:26

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Ted seminar

MRT were made with Christian believers.

people were asked to press a button when they had a Spiritual experience of God. In those moments three areas were activated:

Frontal Attention regions, The Nucleus accumbens and the Medial prefrontal cortex.

It is called the

Neuro Spiritual System

“when Jesus describes heavenly  rewards Neuroscientsts are illuminating the biological embodiment of these ancient

metaphors “
 
“the religious movement of Joseph Smith describes the Spirit of God like a
fire burning …  a wonderful warm glow it makes you want to do good and be good. Iit may be the emotion that moral psychologist Jonathan Hite refers to as elevation. 
the frontal attention regions are probably acting in concert with the
nucleus accumbens in order to amplify the phenomenal content of this religious experience”

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Physical manifestations of God 

Morgan *Freeman met Andy Newberg a neurotheology neuroscientist in Philadelphia who studies what happens in our brain when we have religious experiences.

Mogan asks “Can i see Gods presence in my brain?”
The activity in Morgans frontal lobe increased during meditation just like Nuns being with Gos or Buddhists metidating.
A Atheist contemplating at God were not that successful, The Atheist could  raise frontal lobe activity only a little.
Andrew Newbergs conclusion:
“Regardless of what your practice is, the key is if you believe it. The whole brain gets involved in faith.”
 
Morgan conlcudes: “Experiencing the divine actually changes the brain and the way we see the world.”
Yo may read more about Andrew newbergs research in 
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Conclusions

I am personally skeptic in considering the neuro scans to be a proof a divine  presence or a God manifestation.

I would rather prefer to say that those MRT scans show the brain reacts on divine belief and divine experiences. But that is just my hypothesis.

God has however  the power to “play” with Quantum physics rules , like Jesus did once as God is in my belief, the Creator of these. God is therefore able to show up in any kind of  incarnations (Avathars) or any other way.

You may look at this interview with Andrew where he share his opinion about the “conflict” between religion and “Science”. He makes a good effort to solve that millenial conflict many humans have. To bring peace in this “conflict” has been my effort long time now .  My last effort ended up  describing   a new  “theoscientific” Creation view in the   “Enlightened Genesis“.

 
 
 

Chaos and order

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Entropy

i studied thermodynamics many years ago and came to learn about entropy that describes the state of a system, the state of disorder.  To make an example, a egg has low entropy (low disorder) If you scramble it, the entropy (disorder) raises.  As you know you can not unscramble a egg. Similarly, if you put a piece of ice in a cup of warm juice, the peace of ice (with low entropy) will melt (get higher entropy) . it is unlikely you can reverse that system to get the piece of ice back in your warm juice.

I associate a system with high entropy with disorder, chaos. while a system with low entropy is a form of order. Entropy could be defined as a description of the degree of disorder.

Richard Feynman a American theoretical physicist who died 1988 explained entropy long time ago in this nice youtube:

Mathematician have discovered the strict mathematical constants and equations ( the Mandelbrot set z_(n+1)=z_n^2+C  ) lying behind that apparent chaos in images like this one:

 

Chaos and order are not the same word. But chaos is normally a system of high entropy. I like to visualize high entropy with chaos even if that is not always correct. E.g. a wood may seem chaotic in our point of view but has really a high state of order.

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Our Biosphere

In our Biosphere everything get higher entropy that is, build up  chaos with time. All living creatures disrupt with time and finally die. This because the ordered DNA get disrupted  during the many replications.

Nature is so well constructed that a seed grows up to  a ordered system, a beautiful plant. But that happens only thanks to the sun that nourishes the plant with photons so it can build up its ordered structure according to the inherited program (DNA)  

Not to forget that the low degree of disorder in ice is created in lack of heat. So water and gases behaves in a different way.

Human beings like animals build aslo up a ordered system ( = their body with a  lower entropy) by eating plants, that is “consuming” the  order  in  the plants. We could say that animals build up and maintain  order (lower entropy) with the help of the plants lower entropy state (being cut downs and eaten)

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disorder in our homes and cleaning up

Children tend to raise disorder in their living space. It is a sideeffect , we adults (parents most of all) have to live with  Their creating disorder  leads to a raise of intellectual order in their brain, that is learning. Cleaning up the room is the same as lower the entropy (disorder) of it.

other examples of entropy and how to use it in engines.

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A theological view of the thermodynamics of entropy.

God/Allah has created a system (our Universe)  that is so well programmed that it, out of a extremely high disorder, by itself builds up order, the order of which we can use for our own survival.

Before  Salat it (Muslim prayer) is important to clean yourself and the prayer room. That is a form of showing thankfullness to our Creator that gave us life (=order.) God loves life and order. Shaytan (Iblis) on the contrary does not like order (disorder=death, suffering). Where Iblis has taken over, you see very high disorder, destruction and death. 

I invite you to Look at and meditate over  this video. Compare the order good humans created with the help of God, before the war and the disorder after the war.

It is very important to remember that we can not say, its the devils fault.  We were given a brain with a intelligent reasoning frontal lobe, so we  can normally choose whose what whispering we want to listen to. The whispering of the devil or the whispering of God.  We have also  learned to distuinguish between evil and good. So no excuses for our bad behaviour.


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praying like a Muslim

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introduction

I were used to go to church every Sunday. As there are seldom Sunday Masses in the church in this village, I got help from my Muslim neighbor to learn how to pray like a Muslim. Something I can do by myself in my home.

I like to pray to, praise and thank God/Allah

I document everything in a Google drive presentation at

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VUorXR1EdPrvpF5r2VzRc3Y4iD2zdTN1iEDJgKpdwnI/edit?usp=sharing 

These are the five prayers where you can hear the first Surah “Al-Fatihah” being recited. once every raka. I can recite myself Al-Fatiha except the last meaning. I like to do it thinking about the message of the meanings i agree with.

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Recitation! Not song.

I thought myself that Muslims sing the content of the Quran but I learned that they don’t. That’s their way to recite. Click on the play button in https://quran.com/1/1 to listen to the recitation of Al-Fatihah. There are different reciter. I prefer those who recite slowly like Sheikh Husary, that i listen to in my Android app IQuran 

The muslims does not sing the Quran.

i discovered today that a Christian girl also thought the Muslims sings the Quran so she started 2015 to sing parts taken from the Bible. 🙂

She is a ambitious good believer but I think it would be better if the Bible were “recited” like the Muslims do as I personally have difficulties to hear the Bible texts in her song with all the music and that distracting  girl dancing around like a Sufi.

The Quran Muslim recitation on the other hand are easily understood. And todays recitations may sound like Angel Gabriel did reciting to Mohammed in the cave over Mekka.

I presume that  God did not  sing the verses e.g. to Moses or to John with background some for the time modern music (not pop of course).

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Salat – prayer

the prayer time for any part in the world is  given in  http://salah.com/

Fajr – Sunrise Salat – 3:26

This salat is done very early. I can not manage to do it if I don’t happen to wake up myself the night. I did it once when I woke up at 3 am and after taht Salat I  slept very well.  With my stroke related mental fatigue. I  avoid to interrupt my night sleep with a alarm clock.

Salat when I am alone

Whe nI am not together with a Muslim I do it myself looking at these videos. I recite what I am able to otherwise do I listen and read the prayer texts.

I alway wash my self and my room as I want to show order to Allah, something Allah has give humanity. But when I am alone I don’t cover my knees as I see no reason to do it as Allah sees everything anyway.

2. Dhuhr Salat from 13:13 to about 17:00

3. Asr Salat at 17:28 to about 21:00

4. Mahgrib Salat at 21:19 to about 22

5. Ishaa Salat at 22:37 to about 3 

Christians and Muslims  worship the same God. I feel good to make Muslim prayer.

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Sunnas in the raqas:

Mohammand (PBUH) prayers Sunnah were written down in Hadith. Some of them are used in Salat. here are a few of these 

سبحانك    اللهم وبحمدك   وتبارك اسمك وتعالى   جدك ولا إله غيرك

ghayruka  ilaha wala  jad-duka wa ta’ala  ismuka watabaraka   wabihamdika Allahuma  Subhanaka

Subhanaka   Allahuma
Glory be to you, O Allah,

wabihamdika watabaraka
and all praises are due unto You,

ismukaj  ad-duka   ghayruka
and blessed is Your name and high is Your majesty 
and none is worthy of worship but you.”

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Other texts in Salat

 

Sami‘ Allâhu liman hamidah.
Heard by  Allah  those “who praise Him”.

Rab-bana Lakal hamd
Praise to be Thee

In rukoo (bowing)

Subhanna Rabbiy al-Atheen

“Glorious is my Lord the most great.”

In sajda (on the knees)

Subhaana rabbiy al-a‘la
Glory be to Allah who is my Lord, the most great.”

 

Allaahumma-ghfir lee
O Allah, forgive me,

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Duas

Tashahhud:

At-tahiyyaatu Lillaahi wa-salaawaatu wa-tayyibaat. As-salaamu ‘alayka ayyuha-Nabiyyu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. As-salaamu ‘alayna wa ‘ala ‘ibaad-illaah-is-saaliheen. Ash-hadu al-aa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu

Durood:

Allaahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad, wa ‘ala aali Muhammad, kama salayta ‘ala Ibraaheem, wa ‘ala aali Ibraaheem, innaka hameedun majeed. Allaahumma baarik ‘ala Muhammad, wa ‘ala aali Muhammad, kama baarakta ‘ala Ibraaheem, wa ‘ala aali Ibraaheem, innak hameedun majeed

“O Allaah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent prayers upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory. O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory”

Tasleem right at prayers end

As-salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu.
the angel who records your good deeds is to this side.

Tasleem left at prayers end

As-salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu.
The angel who records your wrongful deeds is to this side.

Another variation of the tasleem is by saying

As-salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah.