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1 hour ago, mfbukowski said:

That is probably simultaneously the simplest, AND most profound question of all

To show that his visions which he sends to his children are NOT caused by psychedelic drugs- or brain chemicals, because all those do is cause good trips or bad trips and show that spiritual experience is quite different than drug-originated experience.

Some of us need to learn that the hard way, by experimenting for oneself.

When someone tells me now that religious experience is just electro-chemicals dancing around in my brain, I know for sure that they are NOT, and are REAL, and perhaps the most real and ineffable experience humans are capable of having.

When you see atheists wonder about why it is that cruelty is seen as "bad" or guys like Hitchens wondering why we seem to have a "moral compass" in our brains, I KNOW that naturalism and science cannot explain it.   I know that there is a BEING out there who knows and cares for me and about me, and who, when I let he/she into my heart and open up to her/him, it is a REAL experience and an experience OF REALITY not caused by last night's tacos off the truck. ;)

That still small voice then can become the loudest thing you will ever hear, because you allow it to be.

And we should thank Brother Hales for his very rational, profoundly well researched,  and erudite explanation of that point.

A remarkable manifesto. Thank you. 

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