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    Default Does Religion Encourage an Intuitive Mindset?

    Religion is a broad subject, but many of them share some common elements, such as a belief in objective morality, a spiritual realm, the immortality of consciousness and eternal consequences.

    This thread is not about the truth, or lack thereof, of any religion so please keep it on track and don't derail it into another religion vs atheism discussion.

    I'm curious if a religious upbringing encourages a more intuitive perspective of life, rather than sensing. Especially for the religiously devout, nearly every decision one makes has a broader implication that is filtered through a value system that emphasizes the importance of eternity over the fleeting, corporeal existence of our senses. Seemingly inconsequential matters like what to eat or wear become issues of epic proportions, resulting in damnation or salvation, in the minds of believers. To the overly zealous, functioning in society and tending to one's physical needs becomes problematic on the quest to acquire a spiritual reward at the expense of carnal pleasures.

    Are intuitives more drawn to religion/spirituality in pursuit of a deeper meaning to life? Do sensors find it more challenging to focus on religious philosophy that seeks to answer questions which exist outside of the day-to-day happenings of this present reality?

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    People are drawn to religion for different reasons, but I think that spirituality is more intuitive/emotional than religion. When I say spirituality, I mean a faith in a higher reality, direct contact with the divine, etc. Religion incorporates spirituality, usually, but includes a number of other aspects that seem to be more "sensing", "thinking", or "feeling" based. Religion is so broad...

    Jung thought that ancient man was much more guided by intuition, so man would develop very abstract "fill in the blanks" ideas, often rooted in spirituality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moniker View Post
    Do sensors find it more challenging to focus on religious philosophy that seeks to answer questions which exist outside of the day-to-day happenings of this present reality?
    Yes, I find it difficult to think beyond my animal senses. My fellow sensors and I are much closer to beasts than the average intuitive. You're much more likely to find me sniffing someone's ass or humping someone's leg than considering the broad implications of my actions through the lens of ideology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Yes, I find it difficult to think beyond my animal senses. My fellow sensors and I are much closer to beasts than the average intuitive. You're much more likely to find me sniffing someone's ass or humping someone's leg than considering the broad implications of my actions through the lens of ideology.

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    I'm not sure how this applies, but the topic reminds me of my INTx friend who is a very strange breed of Seventh Day Adventist. He has told me in the past that he felt inadequate because his wife claimed to hear God telling her what to do, but no matter what he tried, he could never hear God.

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    Both depending on how you are using "that" religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    I'm not sure how this applies, but the topic reminds me of my INTx friend who is a very strange breed of Seventh Day Adventist. He has told me in the past that he felt inadequate because his wife claimed to hear God telling her what to do, but no matter what he tried, he could never hear God.
    That's a lot more widespread than simply that congregation, I know that the RCC has even had authors and priests spread the word that that is uncommon for a reason, exceptional rather than the norm because of converts or more literally minded individuals becoming possessed by feelings of inadequacy, then doubt, then abandoning faith altogether.

    There's political equivalents too, like the free market capitalist who cant run a successful small business, the hippy who feels dropping out has really only resulted in lost time.

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    I'm unsure there's a sensor-intuitive divide, some religious traditions would appear to be very sensor friendly, for instance, using the popular 'carnality/sacrifice/forfeit' motif the OP does, tantric and the karma sutra each appear to channel carnality.

    Without specific,reference to 'carnality' the mystics of even immediate pleasure abjuring or rejecting traditions seem more like sensors than intuitives.

    There are some dichotomies implied the OP which may be false.

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    No, it offers answer to intuitions "god did it", which kinda hinders the intuition to work properly
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    My intuition is a finely tuned God glorifying machine. I like it.

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