Trust vs Truth

trust_fallLet me share my reply to Christian on another site.

98 – 99% of all Humans who believe in a religion, they believe in the religion of their parents. They believe it because they trust their parents and their community.

They don’t believe in their faith because their beliefs can “be backed up scientifically and empirically” and they “can’t put an equation to the things” they believe. I have debated religion with Hindus, Muslims, Shinto, Taoist, Jews, and Christians who have claimed to study the other major faiths and they claim to have come to their own conclusions that the faith of their childhood is indeed correct.

They all argue from analogy which considered one of the lowest level of reasoning but the highest levels of persuasion. You believed the Bible well before you began trying to “study” it to show why it is trustworthy.

You believe your scriptures which inform the most of your faith because your culture told you too. And surprise, your scriptures themselves have told you that they are perfect and worthy of respect.

world_religionsYou call the people who decide on your scriptures (and rejected those of other Christians) your “Fathers” even though you are not in their lineage at all. (I am guessing here – smile). Because the word “Father” implies trust and care (for most).

98 – 99% of the planet believes because they trust and they trust their family, friends and community the most. It is only human, but it is not the truth.

Finally: Since you feel “God holds providential care over all things” and thus trust your “fathers” who choose your scriptures, every other believer in the world can claim that for the truth of their faith. So, for the reason you tell me you belief full-heartedly, believers in every other religion can also claim their faith with deep conviction. And all of you believers study your faith after you already have that deep conviction — and all of you think you are being objective and are in control of your choices.

You sometimes hear people say, “One of them [religions] has to be right.” But they forget, it is more probable that they are all mistaken — and I have just illustrated why —  because their epistemology is not based on truth but on trust.

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  1. Atheistic_Theist

    I would argue, that most atheists live or were raised secularly, or in a secular society, like most Western nations, where the religion was there but not required. As a woman raised to be Christian, but never bought into religion and even as a grade schooler found it difficult to swallow. I was practically born atheist, including uncomfortable chats with kids that I wouldn’t understand years later. Then at years later, I turn theist, mostly Hindu, with a more selectable theism. People change religion fairly often these days, I have met more than one Ex Christian Buddhist, there are even historical people who were raised atheist and became Christian.

    I like to believe, that people can think for themselves, if given enough of a motivation, always a humanist at heart I guess, it has always been my idea that a free thinker is more isolated from others. Most people I know who think outside the box, live a little outside community, the more invested in a community or group, the more entangled their ideas became with that group. One historical analysis showed that many people in Nazi Germany that helped the Jews were very anti-Semitic themselves, but a bit of outcasts. Being part of a group not only offers pressure, but I think it is the social animal in us. A mob is a force of nature, that often leaves the actors surprised what they did.

    I believe being a social animal leaves that part open in us, the way a cult works, and how many people feel after joining a group they belong in. I have found that atheists are just as prone, these days not so much in the past, of being part of this. Almost frenzied, spouting the same nonsense as theists, or as I argued for years, militant atheists are just another brand of evangelism, and they do practically the same thing. Change one or two words on most sites where the two duke it out and they say the same things.

    Thought requires to be open, not barn yard open, but not anchored to the idea that one idea is right, or one group has all the answers. Being part of many groups helps this, but most people choose one and naturally insularize, goodness help me for how many free thinkers I meet who had a period of their lives they lacked friends badly. Myself, I have always felt like a sponge when it comes to people, due to the fact that I can count my friends throughout my life on one hand. I have a trouble not to change personality around different people, something that is a fight around those I am close to. Those around us affect our thinking, not completely, but often o the degree we are socialized with their thinking and how emotionally we are involved. Human nature

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