What can you see inthis picture? The picture shows a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping. Using this example, explain how miracles could help people to believe in God.
Can ‘religious experiences’change a persons’ belief in god?Aims: • To know and give examples of religious experiences including numinous, miracles, conversion and prayer • Understand how religious experiences may lead to belief in God
Religious Experience:Many people claim to have had a religious experience –some studies suggest that it may be as many as 75%of the population. They don’t have to be dramatic, butmight be an answered prayer or simply the feeling ofGod being with them, but such an experience can makea significant difference to how a person views theworld and may change their life in an important way.
Think: Do you think that people can reallyhear God’s voice or see visions? Give reasons for or against your views.
What is a miracle?A miracle is an act of God that goes against the lawsof nature and is performed for religious reasons.Jesus performed many miracles during his ministryto make known who he was and illustrate histeaching.
Numinous:• A numinous experience is when something completely astonishes you. It is such an experience that words are not enough to describe the feeling, but it leaves you knowing that there must be something more powerful than you.• Often people refer to things in the natural world that are so beautiful they feel overwhelmed by them – for example, the view from a mountain top or a beautiful sunrise. For others it may be an experience such as the birth of a baby. For some people this experience in so strong that it convinces them that God must exist.
Prayer:• Prayer is the way that religious people communicate with God through words or silent meditation.• Prayer often means drawing closer into a real and loving relationship with God and is a vital part of Christian belief and practice.• The more a Christian prays, the more they will become convinced of the reality of God as a Father who hears them and cares about them. Christians share their hopes and fears with God, as well as giving him thanks for the things he has done in their lives.
A useful mnemonic:• P – Petition (Asking for things for yourself or others)• A – Adoration (Telling God how great he is)• C – Confession (Saying sorry for your sins)• T - Thanks
The Lord’s prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name. hallowed be your name. Thy Kingdom come, Your Kingdom come, thy will be done, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven on earth as in heavenGive us this day our daily bread. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, Forgive us our sins,as we forgive those who trespass as we forgive those who sin against against us. us.And lead us not into temptation, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil but deliver us from evil.
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How do Christians Pray?A Christian may pray alone or with a group. ManyChristian prayers are formal and liturgical (read froma written form of service). However, other Christiansprefer to pray spontaneously, devising prayers tomeet particular needs. Some believers meditatequietly, focusing their thoughts on the nature ofGod, on a verse from scripture, or on listening inorder to hear God’s voice.Christian prayer for young people
What about conversion?• Some believers have conversion experiences, during which they change their beliefs from one faith to another, or from no faith to believing in God. Some conversions are dramatic, like St. Paul (formerly Saul) a famous early Christian.• Other conversions are much gentler, and come after years of quiet searching for a relationship with God.