Post Number:#76 December 4th, 2011, 7:49 am
Groktruth wrote: With this understanding, yes, I often believe myself to be seated at God's right hand, and in a conversation with Him, directed by His voice.
Well, I think that brings you very close to 'believing to be god'. I mean sitting right beside god, directly hearing and transmitting his voice...
On the other hand you say that you 'pull it off', 'experiment' and rely on 'mental manipulation' so you don't really believe that you are god (or the right hand of god) but just like the effect of it. Therefore, I'd say you are an actor and for one to be an actor he must deceive himself as well as others. So wouldn't you call your experiment to be of a self-delusional nature even if there is effects that feel very real?
Groktruth wrote:In researching the claims of biblical theology, one has to "believe" for the sake of testing.
Maybe. But still, all you can scientifically find out by this experiment or skill is what's it like to be an actor, because one cannot 'reenact' what is sometimes called the 'mystical experience' in so far as this experience is usually described as lacking the subject-object-distinction of the experiment and the experimenter. Therefore, don't you think that in your scientific experiment you mistake the map for the territory?