Faith does not conquer fear, it substitutes another fear to make people customers. Only facts can overcome fear. Find out why this is true.
When we face something fearful, our instincts engage our primitive brain. This makes us react quickly. But, what we need to do is to engage our analytical mind. Otherwise, we react to fear instead of with a calculated response. See how to do this.
It’s a fact that people are afraid of what they don’t understand. And most are too lazy or ignorant to find out more. ―
Faith Cannot Overcome Fear
The basis of the three most popular religions is the belief in mythology. Myths can be useful in pointing us in the direction of spiritual exploration. The problem arises when mythology is mistaken as facts. When stories that are a part of folklore and mythology are treated as facts, then people can be led to believe almost anything. This is especially true when they are being manipulated by their emotional responses.
Faith cannot overcome fear, it simply provides another fear as a substitute. Instead of facing the object of our fear we replace it with another. Take, for instance, the existential fear of death. This fear should drive on a journey of inner discovery. But many fall for the counterfeit answer from religion. It comes in the form of Afterlife beliefs. Now, we fear the loss of life and our place in the afterlife. Will it be an eternity in heaven or hell? No matter which religion you pick you will be wrong in the eyes of the others. We are all going to in someone else’s religion.
Fear is a trigger. Fear engages our primitive brain, which activates our fight, flight, or freeze response. In the wild, this helped us to survive by reacting. But, this is counterproductive when we need to think and reason about the best response. Belief cannot overcome fear. Belief is another name for denial.
Faith is the belief in religious mythology over facts. If faith equaled fact, then all Gods would be real. This is the logical conclusion of faith. But, some people are proud to say they live by belief and not by facts. But, this is dangerous. Not only for the person who believes this but for everyone in their circle of influence. It takes a lot of work and self-hypnosis to maintain this worldview.
It requires the denial of any information that doesn’t fit within the mythology. So, blind faith cannot overcome fear. Instead, it provides a counterfeit answer, a substitute fear, or outright denial of facts. Belief in fairytales, folklore, or mythology results in the following denial and substitutions:
Deny and Substitute
Deny scientists and scientific data ―
Substitute religious and political leaders rhetoric
Deny physicians/public health experts ―
Substitute religious and political leaders rhetoric
Facts Overcome Fear
A better way is to use facts and the knowledge of those who are experts in their fields of scientific expertise. This is the real antidote. If you find yourself caught up in an emotional response, stop. Regain your emotional equilibrium and think instead of just reacting.
We recommend the use of a process we call an emotional check. This is a simple process anyone can use to minimize the effect of propaganda. In today’s world, we are bombarded with different sources of information. It is hard to distinguish facts from fiction unless we can fully engage our analytical abilities.
Facts overcome fear when we able to act responsibly and deliberately. We are not in denial of a crisis but we learn to make decisions that are not driven by those who have secondary-gain or hidden agendas.
In the example above we talked about our existential fear of death. Seeking our personal truths and discovering our place in life are where we find the real answers. We learn to value this life, not the hereafter. The facts overcome fear. Faith cannot. Belief in fairytales and mythologies are substitutes.
Religion and politics have always been intertwined. In the dark ages, religion had complete control over much of the world. This made the Chuch the most powerful entity in Europe. Many people would like to see us return to the dark ages. Religious fanatics and extremists have infiltrated governments to install Draconian beliefs as law.
Science and reason are the champions. They stand against the oppression and discrimination of organized religion. They help us see that facts overcome fear. To do this we must be able to turn away from the self-hypnosis of organized religion.
Don’t Confuse Religion with Spirituality
Western organized religion has tried to assimilate all things spiritual. When, in fact, their dogma is the opposite. Even the teachers they quote talk opening about rejecting organized religion. Nevertheless, religions were created in their names, anyway.
We are spiritual beings. But, you do not learn about yourself by following mythology and superstitions. We have an innate desire to explore the unknown. Real spiritual exploration is an inward journey. It has nothing to with organized religion and certainly not any of the popular brands of Western organized mythologies.
Remember, only facts can overcome fear, religion cannot. Don’t settle for a substitute. Get answers based on evidence from those who are trained in the scientific process. If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. To find out more about our organization, see our page FAQ.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia