Faith Cannot Overcome Fear Facts Overcome Fear

Faith Cannot Overcome Fear ― Facts Overcome Fear

Faith cannot overcome fear; it merely substitutes another fear. Only facts overcome fear.  Find out why this is true.

“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.” ― Richelle Mead, Silver Shadows

When we face something fearful, our instincts engage our primitive brain.  Our monkey brain is an integral part of our nervous system.  It helps us react quickly to potential danger.  The monkey brain pumps adrenaline into our systems. Adrenalin is harmful to our higher brain functions.  When then happens, the brain shuts off circulation to the frontal cortex to protect it.

The problem is, we need to engage our higher thinking functions to make better decisions.    Otherwise, we react to fear instead of with a calculated response.  If we can learn how to do this and avoid being manipulated by fear.

Why Faith Cannot Overcome Fear

Mythology and superstition are the basis for world’s three most popular religions.  They are copies of ancient mystery religions from the Mediterranean region.  The original versions come from Assyria, Babylon, Egypt and Persia.  These systems were rebranded under the new banners of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

If you use myths correctly, they can help point us toward spiritual exploration.  The stories in the above ancient folklore help us understand and remember the story’s lessons.  These legends use metaphors, analogies, and word pictures to communicate underlying ideas and principles.

The problem arises when we mistake the metaphors and analogies for facts.  When people use folklore and mythology as facts, people will believe in almost anything.  It is especially true when religions link our primal fears to their doctrines.

This misdirection is no mistake, it’s how they maintain control.  Religion and religious based politics keep their constituents in a constant state of fear and anger.  Living in a constant state of fear and anger keeps the fight, flight or freeze reaction engaged, diminishing critical thinking ability.

Sensationalized and hyper-emotional issues are used to program irrational responses and actions.  That is the key that Cambridge Analytica used to alter the outcomes of many elections worldwide, culminating in the Presidential Election of 2016 in the USA. (1)  They proved again and again how linking highly emotional subjects to a candidate can influence their ability to gain or lose votes. The data didn’t have to be correct or truthful.  The data just needed to be spread using multiple platforms to make it look legitimate.

“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.” — Voltaire

“Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities?” — Thomas Paine

One cannot argue facts with a believer, for facts are not part of the equation in their decision making.  Their decision is based on misplaced confidence and hope, which are emotional responses to fear and anger.

“Religion is a belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die. It therefore has no reality check. And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self-correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality and extreme, grotesque immorality.” — Greta Christina

Mockery and making fun of yourself and your crazy ideas is one way to change your perspective.  But, in some cultures, mocking or making fun of their imaginary friend is a capital crime punishable by death.  To be a non-believer is a capital offense.   (2)

“Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things because to demystify supposedly ‘holy text dictated by god’ and show that they are man-made and what you have to show [is] there internal inconsistencies and absurdities.  One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.  It is an indispensable thing people can call it blasphemy if they like, but if they call it that, they have to assume there is something to be blasphemed — some divine work, well I don’t accept the premise.” — Christopher Hitchens

Faith is a Substitute

Faith cannot overcome fear; it substitutes another fear which it can monetize.  Instead of facing the object of our fear, belief replaces it with another.   The most misused fear is our existential fear of death.

Our existential fear of death should drive us on a journey of inner discovery.  Unfortunately, many people 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.  Those who believe in other faiths think you are wrong. 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.  It helped us survive by reacting in the wild, but this tactic is counterproductive when we think about the best answer.  Belief cannot overcome fear. Belief is another name for denial.

If faith equaled fact all gods would be real

Faith is the belief in religious mythology over facts. If faith equaled fact, then all Gods would be real.  Unfortunately, this is the logical conclusion of faith.  Some people are proud to say. “I live by faith.” And they are proud of such a declaration because it is a part of their false identity.  It is like putting a blindfold on common sense and logic.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7 New International Version

It’s dangerous not only for the person who believes but also for everyone in their circle of influence.  after all, it takes a lot of work and self-hypnosis to maintain this worldview.

Maintaining this state of denial means rejecting any information that doesn’t fit within the mythology.  So blind faith cannot overcome fear.  Instead, it provides a counterfeit answer, substitutes another “fear,” or denies facts that contradict the answer.  Belief in fairy tales, folklore, or mythology results in the following rejections 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.  Follow the advice of science; this is a better antidote.  If you find yourself caught up in negative feelings, stop. Regain your emotional equilibrium and think instead of just reacting.

We recommend the use of a process we call an emotional check. It’s a simple process anyone can use to minimize the effect of propaganda.  The media bombard us with different information.  It is hard to distinguish facts from fiction unless we can fully engage our analytical abilities.

Facts overcome fear when we can act responsibly and deliberately.  We are not in denial of a crisis; instead, we learn to make better decisions.  We learn to recognize those who are trying to manipulate with a 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 genuine answers.  We learn to value this life, not the hereafter.  Facts overcome fear when we grasp that faith cannot overcome the anxiety of our eventual demise.  Belief in fairy tales and mythologies are substitutes that religion uses to make us customers.

Religion always tries to insert its prejudiced beliefs into politics.   In the dark ages, religion had complete control over much of the world.  It 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 how facts overcome fear.  To do this, we must turn away from the self-hypnosis of organized religion.

Confusing 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.

Don’t substitute one fear for another.  Belief and faith cannot overcome fear.  They are counterfeits that help make you a customer.

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.  Authentic spiritual exploration is an inward journey that has nothing to do with organized religion.  Nor does it require alignment with any of the popular brands of Western organized mythologies.

In Conclusion

One cannot underestimate the mind-numbing power of faith, for it is misplaced confidence that creates a slippery slope that leads to more and more irrational thinking.  Faith substitutes one fear for another and simply ignores the inevitable.

Whereas facts and evidence are the building blocks of sound thinking.   Applying common sense and logic has brought about all the benefits of living in the modern world.  Unfortunately, we have yet to eradicate the effects of 1st century dogma that create world tensions and sparks violence.

References

(1) Cambridge Analytica: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Analytica

(2) There Are 13 Countries Where Atheism Is Punishable by Death: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/13-countries-where-atheism-punishable-death/355961/

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