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Being in Awe is Good for You
« on: July 22, 2012, 03:59:02 PM »
It's always interesting to see the secular world recognizing that there is something bigger "out there" than themselves. Here is an article about what happens when people experience such things when they look at the grand things of earth and the universe. Here is one sentence from the article.......  "Across three different experiments, they found that jaw-dropping moments made participants feel like they had more time available and made them more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer time to help"   Source

They are being drawn to God but just don't realize it. This reminds me of my first backpacking trip. My hiking partner and I were setting up camp when three young men walked into camp and started to pitch camp a little ways away. After talking to them for a few moments my friend made the comment to me that these young men love being outdoors and enjoying nature but they just don't understand what it is that draws them.

Psa 65:5  By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
Psa 65:6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
Psa 65:7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
Psa 65:8  They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
Psa 65:9  Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
Psa 65:10  Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
Psa 65:11  Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
Psa 65:12  They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
Psa 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

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Re: Being in Awe is Good for You
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 02:41:51 PM »
Very interesting to see how these "scientists" get around the Bible and God.  But, they are surely coming up with some truth along the way.

"they found that jaw-dropping moments made participants feel like they had more time available and made them more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer time to help others."


These "jaw-dropping moments" they are making reference to are the awesome revelations of God's handiwork in creation. A true perspective does indeed give us a revelation of just how small we are compared to our God and the things He has made. Yes, indisputable evidence of an all powerful and loving creator God!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 03:13:32 PM »
A true perspective does indeed give us a revelation of just how small we are compared to our God and the things He has made. Yes, indisputable evidence of an all powerful and loving creator God!

Need something to help put things into perspective a little more? How about this?

Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.

To put that mind-boggling size into perspective, the disk of the Milky Way galaxy — home of Earth's solar system — is about 100,000 light-years wide. And the Milky Way is separated from its nearest galactic neighbor, Andromeda, by about 2.5 million light-years.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 04:29:38 AM »
"Mind-boggling" is a good term for that. Wow.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 03:27:24 PM »
It's even mind boggling for these scientists because according to their understanding of the universe there shouldn't be anything larger than 1.2 billion light years.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2013, 08:10:11 PM »
Sounds like they will be adding a few more billion years ago to their big bang theory.

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Re: Being in Awe is Good for You
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 01:09:13 PM »
"There shouldn't be anything larger than 1.2 billion light years."

How's that for arrogance!  And where did it all come from?  They will try and convince you just like telling us how our mountains got here by plate tectonics 10 million years ago.  They were lifted up out of the ocean. That is why there are sea shells found on them.   :(

I am patiently waiting for the day they discover a graveyard with both dinosaur and giant human bones in it.....fossilized together.   :)
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 02:44:30 PM »
I believe that day will come. God is trying to reveal Himself to today's scientist but instead of looking a how faulty their lines of reasoning are and look outside of their own selves they go back and create new theories that seemingly explain what they've observed.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2013, 03:59:25 PM »
But as generations of campers, sailors, hikers and explorers could attest, there’s nothing quite like nature — with its ability to elicit feelings of jaw-dropping awe — to make you contemplate the idea of a higher power. Source

The good Lord is trying to tell the unbelieving scientists of the world something. I pray some will receive the message.
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Re: Being in Awe is Good for You
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2015, 09:38:38 AM »
New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain

The result was that individuals who took the 90-minute nature walk showed a decrease in rumination — they actually answered the questionnaire differently, just a short period of time later. And their brain activity also showed a change consistent with this result. In particular, the scans showed decreased activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of interest.

“This provides robust results for us that nature experience, even of a short duration, can decrease this pattern of thinking that is associated with the onset, in some cases, of mental illnesses like depression,” says Gregory Bratman, the lead author of the study
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2015, 05:40:27 PM »
The researchers said they believe that awe induces a feeling of being diminished in the presence of something greater than oneself. It is this diminished sense of self that shifts focus away from an individual's need and toward the greater good, they wrote.

"When experiencing awe, you may not, egocentrically speaking, feel like you're at the center of the world anymore," Piff said. "By shifting attention toward larger entities and diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, we reasoned that awe would trigger tendencies to engage in pro-social behaviors that may be costly for you but that benefit and help others."
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I find it interesting that science has confirmed that being unselfish is good for you. So many things in this world teach you to look out for yourself and then others. It seems false religions are good at making you the center of the universe whether thats living in fear that some 'god' might be out to get you so you have to appease it or focusing on the reward if you do good deeds.
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}