It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible. What we know as blind faith is sustained by innumerable unbeliefs.
— Eric Hoffer
It takes a lot of work to maintain a system of belief. Religious believers are proud to say they live by faith and not by sight. They blindly follow that for which there is no credible proof. This lack of proof extends to any fact that contradicts their closely held beliefs. How does this work?
What Makes Belief Possible?
Why do so many people become infatuated with religion? How is it possible for many people to ignore the problems with the belief in mythology? What is it that makes seemly normal people become entranced with the belief in imaginary friends and enemies? There must be something powerful going on. How else can you explain why so many will defend their right to believe?
Your unbelief is what makes belief possible. In fact, it is a requirement for those who hold mythology as superior to facts. When someone elevates fiction over fact they become a believer. A believer is a term that applies to those with a worldview that denies accepted scientific facts, common sense, and logic.
Do not confuse the term unbelief with the term non-believer. A non-believer is a derogatory term used to designate someone who does not believe in some version of the Christian religion. This is a worldview based on mythology and superstition. But to belong to this belief system requires one to ignore all the facts against it. How is this possible?
Unbelief is what is used to protect unproven beliefs. This happens through religious indoctrination which uses self hypnosis, and group hypnosis or groupthink manipulation tactics. These tools are not new. They come from the ancient mystery religions of Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, and Persian.
All Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism share the roots of these mythologies. In fact, they assimilated the illogical beliefs and mind manipulation tools directly from them. They are nothing more than the rebranding of these mystery religions. There are over 4 billion people who meet weekly to receive programming to sustain unbelief in these systems. One of their most authoritative sources admits to its wholesale adoption of these systems.
Symbolism in a greater or lesser degree is essential to every kind of external worship, and we need not shrink from the conclusion that in the matter of baptisms and washings, of genuflection’s and other acts of reverence, of lights and sweet smelling incense, of flowers and white vestures, of spiritual unction’s and the imposing of hands, of sacrifice and the rite of the Communion banquet, the Church has borrowed without hesitation from the common stock of significant actions known to all periods and to all nations. In such matters as these, Christianity claims no monopoly or originality. ― The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907).
Your Unbelief is a Tool of Control
The modern world exists because of a mountain of scientific discoveries. Many of these discoveries directly conflict with the mythology of the religions of believers. So, believers spend a great deal of time and effort trying to ignore or rationalize away the facts that contradict their beliefs.
Believers often meet weekly to reinforce the boundaries of their beliefs. Still, the modern world is full of examples of why their belief system is flawed and inaccurate. That’s why defending unbelief is what makes it stressful. But, this stress is necessary, it’s what makes belief in fairy tales possible.
The mental stress of maintaining unbelief results in a condition known as cognitive dissonance. This condition triggers the “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction to danger to any idea that contradicts the belief system.
This is a tactic which many organized religions use to keep their members. This is an effective tool for mind control. It is amazing to consider the number of facts, and aspects of logical thinking one must give up to keep their mind from considering the facts. This is why it takes so much effort to handle the stress.
Unbelief is What Makes Belief Possible
Here are some things to help you determine if you are under the spell of unbelief. Sadly, group hypnosis is at the foundation of the world’s dominant religious paradigms. The Abrahamic religions use this programming successfully to overcome the ability to use common sense. It prevents believers from questioning the illogical and contradictory doctrines.
Not all religions are harmful. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have the least barriers to becoming a freethinker. In fact, many encourage the development of your path. So, unbelief is not central to all spiritual beliefs. You can tell the difference quickly.
If their system conflicts with science or other facts, you know you are dealing with unbelief. This is especially true if the tactic of self hypnosis and group hypnosis. These mind control tactics are central to the paradigm. They are used to protect and defend against facts and logic. This defines a system of unbelief.
Unbelief is Necessary for Bate and Switch
This is one of the classic “bate and switch” tactics the Abrahamic religions adopted from the mystery religions. First, they bate with the promise to meet your basic desire for spiritual exploration. But they switch this need to Afterlife promises. The dead never complain. They use this same strategy for your basic needs.
They use the same tactic regarding your need for prosperity or health. But, when you don’t get rich. They tell you haven’t donated enough. When you get sick and don’t get well, they blame it on your lack of faith or lack of giving. This keeps you a paying customer.
These are just part of the common brainwashing techniques. They also use group hypnosis or groupthink manipulation tactics to shape your values and behaviors. Your unbelief or disbelief in facts makes you susceptible to these techniques.
Does this above situation sound familiar? This is what Western Organized religion use as its primary strategy for attaining and retaining customers. And, that’s why we know these religions as the fast-food of spirituality. They need you to believe the analogies of their mythology are facts instead of metaphors. If they can do this, they have a paying customer. It requires the constant use of group hypnosis or groupthink manipulation. The more contact you have, the more susceptible you become. This makes belief possible.
None of this has anything to do with meeting your need for an inner quest. Religious stories, doctrines, or beliefs are a poor substitute for a true spiritual quest. These are nothing more than distractions. You can spot those who use these ploys because they all use the same sales tactics. Here are the three principal tools they use:
1. Above all membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being, (God or Gods)
2. The justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
3. Required belief in the afterlife, or life after death with either rewards or punishment
Your Unbelief is The Basis of Fear and Anger
As mentioned above, cognitive dissonance results from programming in fear and anger. Triggering the “fight, flight or freeze” reaction is an important element. Using fear and anger as triggers is a primary tool to keep people under control. For instance, fear is a tactic of demonizing people, or ideas conflict with their paradigm. It makes them unacceptable without understanding the content of their position. This gives another reason to ask, is unbelief necessary to justify fear or anger?
Fear brings the problem of evil to the forefront of the conversation. The problem of evil is a sensitive subject for those with a dualistic mindset. And so it is a sensitive issue to those in the Abrahamic Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). A dualistic mindset is one that is black and white, good versus evil.
Here’s how it works. First, you create a problem. Then you provide the solution to the problem. For example, the problem is eternal damnation in hell for those not worthy. Then the solution is to join the paradigm, which provides an eternal paradise. All it costs is your time and a sizeable portion of your income plus your support. This support includes acting to protect the belief system with violence.
So, the Afterlife becomes both the goal and the excuse. It’s the goal of membership and the excuse to hate who don’t believe as you do. This is another reason unbelief is necessary. Now you can also become angry at those who hold a different worldview. And, your religion gives you the excuse to commit gender discrimination or violence. In this way, believers can have a clear conscience.
Above all, don’t let any organized religion pressure you into membership. Regrettably, there are cultures in which their religious ideologies are firmly in the control. This cultural programming makes belief possible.
If you live in such a community, one must learn to project an outward effect of assimilation, while remaining open-minded. Learn how to “see” through the programming. Learn how to find resources and partners who can support freethinkers. Ask yourself, is unbelief necessary to be a part of this group? If it does, find another healthier group.
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