See how religion uses a circular logic error as a faith trap. Then learn how to get out of this prison and set your mind free.
About half of the world’s population believes in an imaginary friend. Those who believe in God also think they’re too smart to fall for the tactics of a con artist. Isn’t it interesting how they don’t see the irony in their reasoning? Let’s see how faith and belief get them there and how to get out.
A Circular Reference is A Clue
A deductive argument is only valid only when you can prove all the argument’s premises are true. The correct form is: “A is true because B is true, and B is true because A is true.”
A Circular logic error can be challenging to spot because it mimics deductive logic’s argument form. It is complicated when the argument involves a long chain of premises built upon one another. It’s what organized religion does with belief and faith. It’s hard to spot and overcome once you buy into it.
The mind trap of circular reasoning uses a faulty argument to make its point. That’s because it can only be valid when all the premises are true. The field of religion is ripe with the use of this kind of looping argument. It’s why it is the most common form of logical fallacy.
Why Faith is a Trap
But why is my faith in things a problem? The initial observation above shows us how deductive reasoning can become a circle of illogical conclusions. Faith is the belief in something for which there is no evidence. If there were evidence, then you wouldn’t need faith.
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”― Friedrich Nietzsche
Religion teaches people to confuse faith with confidence. We have confidence that the sun will rise tomorrow; because of the evidence of previous sunrises. All the belief in the world will not make the sun come up in the west tomorrow morning.
So, how do otherwise intelligent people fall into this trap? It starts with the misuse of a deductive argument. Here’s how it works.
Religion and the Circular Logic Error
The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity use circular logic to justify mythology and superstition. Then look at each premise of their argument. You will be hard-pressed to find any hypothesis with a factual basis.
It starts with some unproven assumptions. First, you must agree that their version of an imaginary friend is real. Part of the package is buying into the idea of their sacred texts, even though they are contradictory and illogical. You do so because these texts are written through people inspired by their imaginary friend. They rely on circular arguments to prove these points because they are absent any credible proof.
Here’s an example, God inspires their holy book, and you believe in God, don’t you? So, if you believe in God, then you must agree he inspired this book. If you don’t believe in God, you will go to hell for eternity. So, you believe in God.
“Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s, infinite love.” ― Bill Hicks
If they can get you to believe and have faith that these assumptions are valid, they can program you to think and do almost anything. Pick any assertion made by Western organized religion, and you likely find a circular logic error.
Here’s an example, the Bible is true because the preacher said it was true, and the preacher says it’s true because it says so in the Bible. It’s circular logic, and you cannot prove the premises are true.
Another good example is how someone tries to prove the existence of a god. Let’s use Odin as an example. So, Odin promised to kill all the Ice Giants. Since there aren’t any Ice Giants, Odin must also be real. Again, here is the use of circular reasoning with premises you cannot prove to be true. If you believe it is true, you’ve fallen into the faith trap. Here again, we see a circular reference is what makes this ploy plausible.
We see this same type of circular logic repeatedly in the doctrines of the three most popular religions, the Aramaic tree of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
The Abrahamic religions are not new, and they are the rebranding of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions. When Abrahamic religions adopted their doctrines, they also adopted their superstitions, including multiple inconsistencies and logical and scientific contradictions. They use self-hypnosis and group hypnosis to overcome any challenges that facts or logic can muster.
The Faith Trap
A trap is something that prevents you from moving, designed to catch and keep you. It’s a device that allows entry but prevents you from leaving.
A trap is also a situation in which someone hides and waits. Someone wants to deceive you. This way, they can steal from you. They make Traps to capture prey who are unaware. And the best mind trap is one that keeps you paying to stay in it; that’s the faith trap.
Nothing is more confining than the boundaries we place in the mind. We can only perceive what our worldview allows, and the mind becomes a trap when we confuse fiction with facts. When you mistake the analogies and stories of mythology for factual events and people, you create artificial boundaries that override common sense and logic. It’s the mind trap of faith and belief. Learning why faith is a trap is the first step to spiritual freedom.
“You can’t use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn’t use reason to get into.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Then once you create these boundaries based on mythology, the mind will defend them with violence if necessary. Mythology can be harmful when it becomes a religion. Religion substitutes myths for facts in an attempt to make faith perform as knowledge.
“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.” ― Carl Sagan
The Mind Trap of Faith and Belief
Your comfort zone can often be your danger zone. It feels comfortable, it provides “easy” answers to complex questions, but it’s a trap because they use circular logic based on inaccurate or faulty premises.
“Belief in things we can not prove require faith. So faith masquerades as a place of comfort, not a place of truth. Faith requires the rejection of the facts that disprove superstition and mythology. Belief and faith are the products of brainwashing. They are the mind trap of circular reasoning. To maintain faith requires constant brainwashing and self-hypnosis.
Sometimes the brainwashing is voluntary and self-inflicted and sometimes it comes through forced indoctrination. Both belief and faith are tactics of mind control. They are counterfeits that keep you wanting more. And neither belief nor faith provides doorways to spiritual truth.” — Guru Tua
How to Find Spiritual Truth
Seeking the truth does not use faith and belief. That is why faith is a trap—faith substitutes belief for facts. You can’t find your spiritual truth following the stories of others. You won’t find it in any sacred book. Seeking the truth requires an inward journey. You’ll be able to find it using the ancient spiritual technologies for expanding awareness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
Several seated and moving meditation systems can open up access to pure consciousness and break down perception barriers. Using these tools is the essence of spiritual exploration. You learn these processes and then follow your heart and intuition and develop your path. You decide on what you need. You choose how much, and when to do it and where.
Sometimes we can find these tools for opening perception in Eastern religious ideologies, but be careful when investigating all religions. You must have the discretion and foresight not to get caught up in the mental traps of religion. Remember, faith is a trap, and belief is a trap. Look for teachers and systems that provide you with tools for expanding awareness.
Instead of wasting your time with doctrines and dogma which are harmful, try something which will help you grow and develop. Use tools that will improve your mind, body, and spirit. Seek the facts, test, and challenge your core beliefs frequently.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
A circular reference is a clue to the faith trap. A lot of people fall into the snare of faith and belief. Once they are in, it takes some work to get them out. The power of the circular logic error can be hard to break. You need to do good independent research and have the courage to search out the facts.
Learning why faith is a trap can be a disturbing development for many people. Some reject the idea altogether. Their faith is their identity, and it’s the link to many close relationships. So, finding out it is a counterfeit is hard to swallow.
If you are a follower of one of the Abrahamic religions, comparative analysis or comparative religious study is one of the best ways to approach this task. The Enneagram is another tool that can help you identify the default programming of your personality and instinct, which may make you susceptible to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation techniques.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia