So go figure, I had another religious debate with someone over the weekend. It went something like this. HIM: I have a personal relationship with god and someone like you will never understand! Evil Me: I have a personal relationship with reality and someone like you choose to ignore and not try to understand. HIM: Your reality will only misguide you, and by the time you realize, it will be too late. Evil Me: Too late for what? To join the party in heaven? How do you know heaven exist? Have you been there before? Do you know someone that's been there before and came back to tell you all about it? Or are you going off by the bible? HIM: When you have a special relationship with god, he talks to you and tells you things. That's why I know god is real. I can sense him all around me and hear him in my heart. Of course YOU will only hear the devil. This went on for about an hour before the Pacman Fight. It was like talking to a brick wall so both Pacquaio and I lost that night! But we know who really won!! hahaha So this is why I brought up the subject and like to share my thoughts on it and see what you guys think. I would've told this guy the same thing I am about to write. But it wouldn't have matter because he was so brain washed. So here's my take on it. The brain (not only the human version) builds models of other individuals. It's a function necessary for social animals so we can predict how others might react to us. We do this all the time. Right now, you can imagine meeting Bruce Lee, despite the fact he's long dead, and having a conversation with him. The fact we build models is part of why we suffer anguish when someone dies. Just because an individual is dead, the model you have constructed in your brain of that person remains, and it causes us tremendous cognitive dissonance. In our brains, they're very much alive. Think about it. If religious people truly believe their loved ones goes to heaven and live forever, why are they every bit as sad as we are when our loved ones die? Death would be a wonderful thing for them wouldn't it? That is why you think you can talk to a god. And in the case of a god, you're consciously trying to reach your higher brain areas by praying or meditating. That's why you think your god is really smart. He thinks the same things you do, only the apparently wiser version. Just try asking your god the answer to a complex math problem that you couldn't possibly solve without a calculator. You'll find your god happens to be as crappy at math as you are. So IMHO, people who claims to be able to talk to god....well.......It's all in your head.