Did you know that the part of your brain responsible for helping you to feel empathy and compassion shuts down in high stress situations? Why is this? Because your “fight or flight” response kicks in, and in that moment, your brain is in survival mode. When you are in survival mode, you are really only thinking of yourself, and so, empathy, compassion, and a desire to help others is not high on your it’s list of priorities.
Did you also know that living with the belief that God is angry, hostile, and judgmental *ALSO* causes the brain’s “fight or flight” mechanism to kick in, causing the brain to go into survival mode? Why? Because it is a high stress belief system, in which one never truly experiences peace and contentment in life. When one *LIVES* in a constant state like this, what was meant to kick in only in survival situations, is prolonged throughout our lives, literally causing certain parts of our brain to shut down.
Therefore, when one lives with the mindset that God is angry, volatile, and retributive, their brains are literally altered, and their ability to feel empathy and compassion for others disappears, causing them to be self centered beings concerned only with trying to make themselves acceptable before a “holy God”. Acts of compassion and mercy are labeled with the Christian cuss word of “works”, and are spoken of as being mere temporal and unimportant things. The only thing that *REALLY* matters, in this worldview, is getting “sinners” to say a “sinner’s prayer”. Feeding them, clothing them, sitting with them and feeling their pain, and showing them empathetic and compassionate love, is meaningless if a person does not “get saved”.
You see, the belief in an angry, retributive Deity literally causes the human brain to become damaged to the point that we become unable to feel genuine compassion for people. We look at them merely as being the targets of God’s wrath who need to “pray a prayer”, and we see their very present, and pressing needs as being trivial and trite things. Religion actually helps us to rationalize our brain damaged actions, and explain them away, but the truth is that we are functioning on pure adrenaline, lack empathy, and are only thinking of ourselves…because, if we were honest, even our desire to “win the lost” is based upon a survival instinct, for we desire to stand before God without having their “blood on our hands”.
My friends, we need to behold a God of love, compassion, empathy, and boundless charity, whose very nature changes us, causing us to see the “world” through a whole different lens. Its high time that we cast away the anti-Christ view of an angry, Zeus like character who sits scowling in the Heavens, with a bag filled with lightning bolts, waiting to “get” us. We need to touch the smiling face of Jesus Christ, and realize that His face is the Father’s face, and we do not serve a schizophrenic, dual natured Deity, who both loves and hates His creation. When we learn who He really is, our hearts respond accordingly, causing us to love not only ourselves, but the world around us.
God is Love.
End of story.
— Jeff Turner
// Oh been there done that with the survival mode..I realize that I’m less interactive, compassionate, welcoming, when I’m stressed out something. Now I know what’s causing all that - stress :P Be stress for nothing, cast your worries into God’s hands, be in lesser need for control over your situation, and you will be so much more free with yourself and around others //