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In Search of the Spirit World

In religion on August 24, 2009 at 4:20 am


Flying or floating?

Flying or floating?

A friend  and I were having a discussion about religion and the conversation eventually evolved into a single point of contention for believers and non believers.

Does a spirit world actually exist?

To people of faith this is a matter of fact contention, for in order to believe in the existence of God, The Devil, angels and the like are par the course. To skeptics such as myself, the lack of any empirical evidence to suggest that spiritual or unseen entities are part of the natural order of the universe, immediately regulates any suggestion of their existence to mere fantasy or more appropriately wishful thinking.

According to a study done by the web site The Christian Post, 34% of Americans belive in ghosts. I was very surprised that the percentage was not significantly higher.

Other interesting numbers from that study include:

19% believe in witchcraft and spells

48% believe in ESP

23% say they have actually seen, communicated or acknowledged the presence of  a ghost

A poll done by the Washington Post asserts that 92% of Americans believe in God or a Universal Spirit and an astonishing 80% believe that miracles occur.

So I have found yet another minority group to be a part of.

While I personally ascribe to the realization that universe is too symmetric to not be the result of intelligent design, defining the parameters or characteristics of that intelligence continue to allude me. This lack of understanding of what composes the creating force is not due to any lack of effort on my part to seek out a universal truth about the existence of mankind and the universe in general, but rather to my acknowledgment that on every level of the human condition, basic laws of logic and reason have not only maintained universal order but have given our species the platforms necessary to advance our culture, society and most importantly, our survival.

It is on this foundation that I vehemently reject any notions of any matter, beings (physical or not) or concepts that do not conform to the laws that not only define our universe but dictate the very notion and acceptance of reality altogether.

I have always told my daughter not be afraid of the dark because monsters don’t really exist. Ditto for vampires, werewolves, zombies and yes ghosts. It seems to reason that if any one of the aforementioned anomalies actually existed than they should all exist. Think about it, if a human being could transform into a creature that was immortal, could only come out at night and subsisted on the blood of other human beings, than why shouldn’t there also be humans who turn into wolves during full moons or rise from the dead and human flesh?

Translation: If you are going to live in a Harry Potter world don’t stop at the wizards.

Ghosts seem to have a more acceptable place in the human psyche however, primarily because people see ghosts as images of ourselves or people we have known, but in a translucent or maybe gaseous state.  In my opinion the concept of ghosts is far and away a more ludicrous proposition than say zombies. At least zombies, vampires and werewolves exists as anomalies to the known physical laws of the universe. Ghosts, on the other hand, appear to have their own distinct rules of matter and structure that do not seem to be confined to any physical properties of the universe whatsoever.

It is suggested that you can kill vampires, werewolves and zombies, but as far as I know you can’t kill a ghost because there is really nothing to kill. I feel comfortable in making the direct parallel between ghosts and spirits because in the view of most people the inherent properties of the two are interchangeable.  Spirits are seen to be of the same translucent condition as ghosts. It is suggested that they can move freely throughout the universe and I would guess space and time as well without any limitations whatsoever. This is why the concept of the God is both easily accepted by so many people and easily rejected by others.

Let’s use Jesus as an example. It is known that according to Christian theology, the central figure was murdered on a cross and arose from a state of death three days later. He then eventually ascended to what is considered to be Heaven.

Example #1

The skeptic asks: If Jesus was dead for three days, didn’t his body began to decompose? Isn’t that what we would call a zombie?

The religious person suggests: When Jesus arose from the dead his body was in a different form than it was before he died. In fact he was able to touch things as well as be touched by people and he was also able to appear in rooms where he had not been. (Which means the new Jesus could either walk through walls or just pop in and out of thin air).

While a person of faith just accepts Jesus’ new abilities and properties as absolute truth, a person like myself is utterly confounded by the willingness of so many people to accept such monumental exceptions to logic and reason simply on the evidence of a single book produced by men who themselves had no supernatural properties or have ever given cause to suggest they had any divine or outer-worldly attributes.

Example #2

The skeptic asks: When Jesus supposedly ascended to Heaven did he do it in a spirit form or human form? Did he actually fly away like superman having to zoom by the planets in the solar system and any other galaxies that are between ours and Heaven, or did he just vanish into thin air?

The religious person suggests: ???

…truth be told…I’ve heard no less than five different responses to this question, all of them effectively ending in some thing that boils down to…it’s beyond the realm of your mind.

It appears that the belief in the spirit world is bound by the same constraints that the religious world is and that is a distinct faith that what you have been told by those who preceded you is true.

I’ve met many people who say that they talk to God and while that does not seem at all strange to me, I am intrigued by those who say that God has spoken back to them. I never seem to remember to ask at the time but I always wonder later, what does God’s voice sound like to them.

Does God sound like James Earl Jones? You know a big deep robust voice that fills the air?

Does God sound like Morgan Freeman? A cool, calming assuring and friendly voice like in the films Bruce and Evan Almighty.

Does God sound like a woman to women and a man to men?

Does God sound like parents to Children?

Does he/she  sound like T.D. Jakes? Pat Buchanan? Your minister or pastor?

Is God a spirit or does he/she exists in human form?

If God speaks does he/she/ have a mouth? If he/she has a mouth does God have to breathe? Eat? Spit?

How do ghosts talk if they don’t actually have throats, tongues and windpipes?

I could go on forever with questions about beings that supposedly exist in a spiritual realm. In my opinion the reason that some things add up and others don’t is because simply put, somethings add up and others don’t.

I find it odd that most people who believe in spirits don’t go seek spirits when they are sick, need car repairs, need a financial loan or need legal advice. They save those important matters for doctors, mechanics, bank officers and lawyers.

But doctors, mechanics, bank officers and lawyers can’t move about space and time the way spirits do. So why even bother with any so-called professional in the physical world when the spritual world is always at our disposal.

For that matter why even bother hanging around a low level physical realm like the planet earth when a translucent time/space traveling existence awaits us in the next life(?).

Have you ever heard the expression; Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die?

I’m sure you have, maybe it’s because even though we allow our minds to run rampant with thoughts of spirit worlds and free traveling afterlives, the molecules that actually make up our physical bodies have no plans to surrender their existence to appease our frolicking minds.

In a nutshell, your mind may want to believe in the supernatural, but your ass damn sure don’t agree.

Neither do I.