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We resume our study of religion with the fifth of the "religion papers, The Reality of religious Experience With sections 1 & 2, Philosophy of Religion and Religion and the Individual.
When one mortal is in full agreement with the religious philosophy of a fellow mortal, that phenomenon indicates that these two beings have had a similar religious experience touching the matters concerned in their similarity of philosophic religious interpretation. (1130.1) 103:1.2
While your religion is a matter of personal experience, it is most important that you should be exposed to the knowledge of a vast number of other religious experiences (the diverse interpretations of other and diverse mortals) to the end that you may prevent your religious life from becoming egocentric — circumscribed, selfish, and unsocial. (1130.2) 103:1.3
You do not enter the kingdom of heaven unless you have been “born again” — born of the Spirit. Many spiritual births are accompanied by much anguish of spirit and marked psychological perturbations, as many physical births are characterized by a “stormy labor” and other abnormalities of “delivery.” Other spiritual births are a natural and normal growth of the recognition of supreme values with an enhancement of spiritual experience, albeit no religious development occurs without conscious effort and positive and individual determinations. ... [C]onversion experiences ... usually characterize religious episodes occurring later in life as a result of mental conflict, emotional repression, and temperamental upheavals. (1130.6) 103:2.1
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