Skip to comments.Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress -- but only for believers
Posted on 08/08/2010 7:52:15 AM PDT by Sprite518
The researchers suggest that for religious people, thinking about God may provide a way of ordering the world and explaining apparently random events and thus reduce their feelings of distress. In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God may contradict the meaning systems they embrace and thus cause them more distress.
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I see the comment section really has the God-haters up in arms.
I find that praying the rosary can be soothing.
LOL! Thus, validating the study in the article.
Standing on the Promises can only be done if you believe in God. God draws close to those who draw close to Him.
I find that praying the rosary can be soothing.I'm with you!! During the summer, my husband's schedule allows him to walk with me (and our two dogs) to daily Mass, and the trip is a block or so longer than one mystery. So, after the rosary, we walk just a little bit more, hook the dogs up to the bench, and enter the church all soothed up for Mass. Beautiful prayer. On this, the feast of St. Dominic, he knows quite well you can't say too many rosaries!!
They won’t come out and say it, but we know implicitly, why thinking about God causes stress for the non-believer.
It’s tough to reflect on the Holy and Eternal, without the reassurance of Salvation from our frail, flawed and dissolute state.
(Why, it could make a person rancorous, argumentative and bitter!)
“Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress — but only for believers”
As well it should!
Indeed. Thank you for sharing your insights, dear shibumi!
Was this study part of the stimulus?
I can see thinking about the judge of the world could cause stress for the unsaved
Did they conduct the study on Muslims as well?
In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God .... cause them more distress.
Impending capital "J" Judgment will do that.
You take the intellect and reverence of Judaism and throw in a happy ending. Voila! Christian assurance that God is in His heaven, preparing a place for "those who are called according to His purpose."
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;... But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." -- John 14:16,26
"So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter." -- Ecclesiastes 4:1
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;...
But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." -- John 14:16,26
You don’t need scientists to do a study to know this. Not like we haven’t been saying this forever. Those that believe in God and know He’s in control even during bad times are able to be comforted. Those that hate God and do their best to ‘prove’ he doesn’t exist, can’t stand any mention of Him and it bothers them to no end.
Welcome to the party, it’s been going on awhile now.
INDEED. THX THX.
Completely obvious but also true.
Then there are agnostics like me who are both soothed and distressed at the same time.