“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 work to maintain a belief system of make-believe, but over 4 billion people do it. These people submit to regular groupthink programming to reinforce their beliefs. Some subject themselves to this programming weekly. Still other immerse themselves in this programming all day, every day of the week.
Using Unbelief to Make Belief Possible
Why should we care what people believe? We should care because beliefs drive behaviors. When mythology is used as a substitute for facts, it motivates people to harm others. It creates suicide bombers and fanatics with automatic weapons. It’s why make-believe isn’t harmless.
Believers are proud to say they live by faith and not by sight. So unbelief is evil, it is the rejection of their faith. But they don’t see how this is mindset prevents them from seeing the facts that contradict their views.
It seems counterintuitive to use unbelief to make belief possible, but that is exactly what traps a lot of people. We think the believers have this backwards. Religious believers are the ones who fail to believe the facts that refute their mythologies and superstitions. It is the believers who are “under the spell” of unbelief.
How to Undermine Logic and Common Sense
The tactic to undermine belief in science does two things. First, it discourages members from challenging the dogma. Second, it teaches believers to protect the system with violence if necessary, and systematic religious indoctrination is the tool that makes this possible. Religion uses self-hypnosis and group hypnosis to brainwash people. What is crazy, people not only submit to this brainwashing, they pay for it.
If you can get them to believe in talking snakes and zombies, you can program any beliefs and values. Unbelief is evil to religion because if you don’t believe, it undermines their ability to program you. If they can’t program you, they can’t control you.
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
“You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent, but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.” ― Aldous Huxley
The Spell of Disbelief or Believing the Unbelievable
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological condition resulting from the stress of resolving conflicting ideas. This stress triggers the “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction. Religion uses this stress to make belief possible in their dogma. It’s beneficial for religious leaders to create issues which trigger these emotions. When you in a state of continual fear and anxiety, you will accept their propaganda more readily. You are easier to manipulate when experiencing these emotions. It’s what makes belief in fairy tales possible.
Anxiety caused by the tension of cognitive dissonance manifests in other ways. We can identify the programming which triggers this mode is by assessing our belief in things that are not factual. Conspiracies, controversial ideas and unsubstantiated fables create tension and uncertainty, which makes you more likely to accept outlandish ideas. Here are some questions to help you see if you are “under the spell” of believing the unbelievable:
1) Do vaccines work, yes or no?
2) The COVID pandemic is a fabrication, yes or no?
3) Did we really land on the moon, yes or no?
4) The condensation trails caused by jet aircraft is just water vapor, yes or no?
5) There is proof the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, yes or no?
6) There is evidence for the existence of “big-foot,” yes or no?
Check your answers at the end of the article. (1)
Unbelief is Evil, Sin, disobedience and Witchcraft
Fear brings the problem of evil to the forefront. The problem of evil is a sensitive subject if your worldview is based on a dualistic mindset. It is a sensitive issue to those in the Abrahamic Traditions. A dualistic philosophy 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, hell. If you aren’t worthy, you spend eternity being tortured. But, if you join our religion, you get to go to heaven instead of hell. All it costs to do so is your time and a sizeable portion of your income. The programming you get with this package deal means you must protect the belief system with violence if necessary. Problem solved. Accept heaven or go to hell.
So, the afterlife becomes both the goal and the excuse. It’s the goal of membership and the reason to hate those who don’t believe as you do. Unbelief becomes necessary to substantiate every flavor of bias and prejudice. 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.
We do this with most things in life and law. For example, violence against another person is a crime, but there are exceptions. If someone tries to harm you, you can defend yourself. If someone has a heart attack in your car, you break the posted speed limit while driving to the hospital to save their life. In some cities, it is against the law to feed someone homeless, but people give them food and water anyway because it is the right thing to do.
When Unbelief is Evil
One of the main things that makes organized religion such a powerful force is its ability to program the cultural narrative. All it takes to do this is a lifetime of indoctrination. Although this is a considerable investment, the religion gets a lifelong paying customer in return. Disbelief is evil because religion depends upon a black and white dichotomy, good versus evil. It requires the individual to accept arbitrary standards of religion. It teaches people to ignore their moral compass and exchange it for the values of the religion.
We submit that unbelief is evil when you substitute myth for facts. It is nothing more than psychological manipulation for profit. These brainwashing tools are not new. They come from Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, and Persia’s ancient mystery religions. All Abrahamic religions (2), Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, share these roots. The Abrahamic religions assimilated their illogical beliefs and mind manipulation tools from these superstitions. They are nothing more than the rebranding of these mystery religions.
Unbelief as a Moral Measure of Sin
The Church teaches unbelief is sin, but what they really mean is the lack of belief in what they teach is sinful, because you aren’t following their rules. A sin is the transgression of a divine law, and they assert that they have the “God given authority” to determine what is divinely inspired and what is not.
How do you distinguish man-made laws and regulations from those given by the higher power? These are all mind games. The concept of morality is subjective, depending on the values supported by the culture.
Unbelief as Disobedience
When believers says unbelief is disobedience, it means you aren’t following what I think God said. Each of the 10,000 versions of the Abrahamic religions portray themselves as the authorized dealer for the one true higher power. So, if you don’t obey their rules, you are disobeying God.
The problem with this logic is determining which of the 10,000 versions is actually correct. One way is to research the origins to determine the source. If you do this, they all fail. None of these religions is new, they are all copies of copies. The doctrines come from the mystery religions of the Mediterranean circa 5000 BCE. These are the religions from Assyria, Babylon, Egypt and Persia. Nothing divine here, just mythologies and superstitions.
Unbelief is as Witchcraft
Last, disbelief in their mythology is seen as witchcraft. This is because organized religion wanted to eradicate all the indigenous practices. These traditions are competition. So they demonized any spiritual practice that doesn’t come from them. What this really means, don’t return to the practices of your ancestral roots. We want to keep you disconnected from the past to make possible in our mythology.
Avoid organized religion at all costs. We know there are cultures where being a part of the dominant religion as a requirement. Freedom of choice is limited. To make belief possible, they must control your thinking and behaviors.
If you live in such a community, one must learn to project an outward assimilation effect while remaining open-minded. Learn how to see through the programming. Learn how to find resources and partners who can support freethinkers.
(1) Answers for “the spell of disbelief or believing the unbelievable.” Answering yes to questions 1 through 4 and no to questions 5 and 6 show you are not under the spell of conspiracy theory mania.
(2) Abrahamic Religions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions