Religion, Monsters, and Paranormal Activities
The experts say that the main reason why we often believe in monsters such as Chupacabra, Loch Ness, Bigfoot, and so on, is because we can not help it. Brian Cronk, a professor of psychology at Missouri Western State University stated that the human brains want to know how the things happen, and when they can not know that, they make up some bizarre explications. Many have wondered if the belief in paranormal activity is related to the belief in religion.
The answer is very interesting. It has been discovered that the people who are religious have very high changes of not believing into paranormal activity. The reason for that is because they have been taught not to believe in anything but a single deity. On the other hand, the people who are not religions are more likely to believe in paranormal activities. Carson Mencken, sociology Professor of Baylor University stated that the spiritualists have a thing in common, and that is a spiritual orientation to the world. Some time ago three men reported that they have the remains of Bigfoot in their freezer, and that create a craze. People started to become interested in Bigfoot again, buying various items related to it, media starting to focus more and more on the creature.
The public was split into two groups: the believers and the skeptics. One of the people stated that he believes in Bigfoot but that he is not certain that those people have found it. When the creature was examines, it was revealed that it was actually an opossum. Then there was the case of Phylis Canion, a woman from Texas who apparently found Chupacabra. The case was interesting because during one interview, the policewoman who took the creature mentioned that she believes that it was the famous creature that kills goats. After the examination it was revealed that the creature was actually a dog. However, the sheriff was proud that one of his officers stated that she believes that the creature was Chupacabra, because of the publicity his department received.
Since the people are willing to believe in any mythical creature, the chances are that monsters such as Chupacabra, Bigfoot, Dracula, and so on will never go away. It was revealed that the beliefs in witchcraft, psychics, and so on, are not related to the age. For example, 60 percent of the students who were asked if they believe in such things said yes. 40 percent of them said that they believe that houses can be haunted. It is unknown why the people believe in such things. It is believed that this is because the human nature, as it is very likely that we have believed in ghosts and many other similar monsters from the beginning of time.
Christopher Bader, a Baylor sociologist believes that the tendency to believe in the paranormal was there from the beginning. He believes that the only thing that changes is the context. He said that very few people believe in ferries and in elves nowadays, as it happened hundreds of years ago. He said that it is very likely that the people nowadays believe in UFOs or in Bigfoot, and other monsters. Cronk stated that our brain’s ability of predicting the future is what makes us smart, but it is also what makes us to believe in the paranormal. Benjamin Radford, a book author, and a paranormal investigator stated that the people started to believe in the paranormal because they could not explain certain events.
The people could not understand how diseases spread from one area to the other, so they said that they were brought by evil spirits as a punishment for doing something bad. Or they did not know why drought occurred, and they blamed it on external factors. Radford stated that this is common for many societies, of creating certain monsters or creatures which they can put the blame on. Many of these phenomenons have been explained by science, and it is unknown why people still believe in them.
It seems that religion can be a part of this as well. For example televangelist John Hagee stated that the Katrina Hurricane hit New Orleans because it was a sign that God was mad on those people. That statement came as a surprise, especially nowadays. It would have been something normal if someone would have said that thousands of years ago, when the Gods were considered to be the rulers of everything. Because of that, some would say that religion is strongly related to the paranormal activities. However that could not be farther from the truth, as it has been proven that religion and the paranormal activities are opposite.
It has been proven that the people who did not believed in catholic religion are more likely to believe in reincarnation, UFOs, telepathy, contact with the dead, and so on. The strong believers were less likely to believe in such things, and the main reason for that is the fact that they see God as the only omnipotent creature. It is believed that believing in paranormal activity has nothing to do with the education. There are people who have been raised in a very religious environment, and when they went to college they changed their beliefs.
In fact it has been discovered that the people have higher chances of believing in paranormal activities once they go to college. The media is responsible for these trends as well, as it seems that they love them, and that they would do anything to publish or broadcast them, as they can attract people in that manner. Money is very important, and the media knows this, so they use those stories in order to make it.11