Difference Between Supernatural and Extra-natural

Inherent in religious belief is an acceptance of the supernatural. The concept of a Divine being is essentially supernatural. In … Continued

Inherent in religious belief is an acceptance of the supernatural. The concept of a Divine being is essentially supernatural. In all of its various forms, religion maintains that the world as a whole is not confined within what we may call “natural phenomena,” and that there is an existence that is, by definition, beyond nature. Furthermore, most – if not all – religions believe in prayer, at least in the sense that one can get help and relief in a way that seems to defy natural law.

But this sort of religious belief is not necessarily connected with belief in the paranormal, phenomena like ESP, or extra-natural events or beings. Certainly a person can have deep religious belief and still not give any credence to devils or ghosts, telepathy or clairvoyance. Belief in the paranormal – even among people of different levels of knowledge and ritual observance – is not intrinsically connected to religious belief.

Nevertheless, sometimes we humans forge false connections between things – even those of unwavering faith. In my view, to make the connection between the supernatural and the paranormal reflects a limited understanding of both.

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  • BGone

    Isn’t God really the projection to the ultimate explanation of what man observed but could not explain? I see the world. Where did it come from? God is the simple minded, easiest way to explain where the world came from. The world is here isn’t it?What was the first person to utter the word God thinking? What did the first person to hear the word God think it meant, what the fellow who said it wanted him to think? How was the word God originally defined? We’re straining the dictionary writers obligated to tell us what the word means.God is without a doubt the product of natural phenomena that was not understood. As we better understand the world faith there is a God at all declines while the specification of God is upgraded to cover the latest found knowledge. Gods were a lot easier to understand when they could be bought at the gods store.Some of the items listed in the survey are questionable as phenomena at all, ESP for example. Like the round earth being rejected because it was assumed anyone on the bottom half would fall off some phenomena may well have a valid basis that makes no sense because we don’t know the whole physics. The connection between unexplained phenomena and con men claiming to know that supernatural being(s) called god(s)/God(s) are behind it is the basis in fact for all so called faith in God that is really faith in sacred scriptures and folks expert in what sacred scriptures say. We can’t really expect those experts to admit they don’t know can we?There was the old man who came wandering in off the desert. “All I’ve had to eat lately is sun meat and it was charred” was accepted as truth by the villagers because people did not understand. They were told and believed the sun gives out, burns up and falls to earth out there on the desert by people who know, witch doctors, priests, Rabbis even. They were told by experts and believed them that the sun was a living creature. The sun must be alive for “dead things don’t fly.” Why not claim one had eaten it’s flesh? Good for a free meal or two. As a person who had actually seen the sun on the ground, highly unusual, he was a celebrity.I think you missed this one but then I understand why. Are you sure you’re not God. You look so much like pictures of God I’ve seen.

  • BGone

    Isn’t God really the projection to the ultimate explanation of what man observed but could not explain? I see the world. Where did it come from? God is the simple minded, easiest way to explain where the world came from. The world is here isn’t it?What was the first person to utter the word God thinking? What did the first person to hear the word God think it meant, what the fellow who said it wanted him to think? How was the word God originally defined? We’re straining the dictionary writers obligated to tell us what the word means.God is without a doubt the product of natural phenomena that was not understood. As we better understand the world faith there is a God at all declines while the specification of God is upgraded to cover the latest found knowledge. Gods were a lot easier to understand when they could be bought at the gods store.Some of the items listed in the survey are questionable as phenomena at all, ESP for example. Like the round earth being rejected because it was assumed anyone on the bottom half would fall off some phenomena may well have a valid basis that makes no sense because we don’t know the whole physics. The connection between unexplained phenomena and con men claiming to know that supernatural being(s) called god(s)/God(s) are behind it is the basis in fact for all so called faith in God that is really faith in sacred scriptures and folks expert in what sacred scriptures say. We can’t really expect those experts to admit they don’t know can we?There was the old man who came wandering in off the desert. “All I’ve had to eat lately is sun meat and it was charred” was accepted as truth by the villagers because people did not understand. They were told and believed the sun gives out, burns up and falls to earth out there on the desert by people who know, witch doctors, priests, Rabbis even. They were told by experts and believed them that the sun was a living creature. The sun must be alive for “dead things don’t fly.” Why not claim one had eaten it’s flesh? Good for a free meal or two. As a person who had actually seen the sun on the ground, highly unusual, he was a celebrity.I think you missed this one but then I understand why. Are you sure you’re not God. You look so much like pictures of God I’ve seen.

  • TJ

    ‘Supernatural’ and ‘paranormal’ are synonyms. There is no ‘both’.

  • Farnaz

    BgoneBe careful. I just read that we’ve been wrong. God exists and (I hope you’re not near any sharp objects), S/He’s an environmentalist.PS. My tribe never envisioned Him as an elderly man with a beard, never visualized, pictorialized HIm at all. Hence, He could be anywhere. Maybe at the gas station. Who is to say?