4.11 - Forms of religious experience

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  • 4.11 - Forms of religious experience
    • Conversions
      • An occasion or an event that causes a person to adopt a belief in God
      • Will have a new sense of direction in life with God in the centre
      • May cause convert to change behaviour / decisions they make
    • Mystical experience
      • An overwhelming awareness of the presence of God, leading to the feelings of awe and wonder
      • No doubt God is real
      • C's claim happen today, often when meditating. Bring sense of faith but no further reveal of God's existence
    • Visions
      • During a vision, claim to see something supernatural. Invisible to everyone else
      • Some claim accompanied by voices as a message
    • Charismatic and ecstatic experiences
      • A period of intense religious feeling. Less aware of the world. May enter trance-like state and have visions
      • Majority experienced when they are worshipping
      • Charismatic C churches use "slain in the spirit" to describe experience. Usually happens when minister puts hands on forehead and they fall back
      • Disagreement if genuine acts of God. Some C's argue that nowhere in the Bible does anyone put hands on someone, allowing HS to come through and person falls over
    • Pentecostalists and Glossolalia
      • Based on coming of HS to 12 apostles during 1st Pentecost of J's ascension. Became more confident in preaching , carry out healings  and spoke new languages
      • Seek to return original roots of C. Examples: Assemblies of God and Vineyard churches
      • Emphasises work of HS and believers direct experience of presence of God
      • Believe in baptism  in the HS. Not the same as baptism in water, but experience which believer gives control of themselves to the HS
      • Through experiences of God, b equipped with the gifts of the S. Include prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues
    • Worship and the sacraments
      • Eucharist
        • Most celebrate, but b they experience the presence of God in the service differently
        • RCC/Orthodox teach belief in transubstantiation. Through this practice believe become united with Christ
        • CoE teach consubstantiation
        • Protestant (Eg, Baptist Church) entirely symbolic. Act of remembrance of J's death and resurrecton
      • The Sacrament of Penace
        • RCC: involve confession of sin to priest. Priest provides absolution so sins are forgiven. Enables them to draw close to God and relieve of guilt
        • Non-confist and Anglican churches: don't teach confession is a sacrament. Argue Bible teaches priesthood. B every C can go directly before God in prayer and confess sins
      • When worship, b praising God and he is able to communicate with them in some way


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