Types of Religious Experience

Mind map on the different types of religious experiences and some examples of each

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  • Types of Religious Experiences
    • Vision & Voices
      • Visions: Something that is seen other than by ordinary sight
      • Voices: Utterances from something that is not around you - E.g. spirit/ holy being
      • Paul of Tarsus: Heard voices on the road to Damascus: 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
        • Is the Bible Reliable??
        • Could it have been a result of severe dehydration causing the voices or the hallucinations
      • St. Teresa of Avila
        • Miraculously survived an illness but claimed whilst in a coma she had inner visions
        • She said 'I saw Christ at my side... or at least I was conscious of him'
      • Virgin Mary
        • Saw the Angel Gabriel who told her she would give birth as a virgin to the son of God
        • Told in the Bible and accuracy is unverifiable
    • Numinous Experience
      • A sense of wonder or awe in the presence of God
      • Rudolf Otto suggested that all religious experiences were Numinous
        • 'It is an experience of being acted upon by something "Wholly Other"'
      • Examples include Nicky Cruz and St. Teresa
        • St. Teresa of Avila
          • Miraculously survived an illness but claimed whilst in a coma she had inner visions
          • She said 'I saw Christ at my side... or at least I was conscious of him'
        • Nicky Cruz
          • American Gangster who was told 'God loves him' went to the church to teach the preacher a 'lesson'
          • Awestruck on arrival in the church, feeling guilty he prayed
          • Entrusted with the collection he asked for forgiveness and prayed
          • Next day he handed in his weapons and went to Bible school beginning his own ministry
    • Conversion Experience
      • Experience bringing someone closer to God making them convert
      • Nicky Cruz
        • American Gangster who was told 'God loves him' went to the church to teach the preacher a 'lesson'
        • Awestruck on arrival in the church, feeling guilty he prayed
        • Entrusted with the collection he asked for forgiveness and prayed
        • Next day he handed in his weapons and went to Bible school beginning his own ministry
      • Paul of Tarsus: Heard voices on the road to Damascus: 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
        • Is the Bible Reliable??
        • Could it have been a result of severe dehydration causing the voices or the hallucinations
      • John Wesley felt a warm glow and as a result set up the Methodist Church
      • C.S. Lewis
        • An Agnostic at University who befriended Christians which opened his mind to a non-Christian God
        • Strange occurrences began to take place which made Lewis relent to God's 'unrelenting reproach'
        • Christianity  influenced his writing (E.g. Aslan who dies and returns like Jesus
    • Corporate Experiences
      • These are public experiences visibly affecting more than one person
      • Toronto Blessing
        • Church in Toronto which was the seen of mass religious experiences in 1994
        • Included: Mass Hysteria, Glossolalia, Prophecy and shaking
        • Affected many people and had attracted 2.5 million visitors by 2000
        • Some were edified by the experience claiming to be touched by the Holy Spirit
        • Others claimed it was the work of the Devil

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