Why do christians, jews, muslims, hindu’s, basically all theists, believe that what they’ve been told about their respective doctrines is in fact the truth? Why do we(they) swallow what they’ve been taught since their childhoods and rarely, if ever, question what they’ve been told?
Is it fear, or ignorance, or group-think? Or is it education, or lack of education? Is propaganda to blame, or is it really because we’re a social species and want to belong to a group that is seen as having the correct answers to our questions about what the meaning of life is? (deep huh?)
We recently moved into a much nicer place that is closer to our kids and grandkids, and part of moving is hanging stuff on the walls. Along with the usual family photos and artwork that we have accumulated, my wife has several religious items that she wants displayed. Her stuff used to make me angry every time I had to look at it, but I’ve reached a point now to where it makes me smile or laugh.
I’ve inverted her crucifix when she’s not home several times for my own amusement, until I forgot to put it back one day. She went totally apeshit about it, so I rarely touch it anymore(it burns). I started thinking about it and wondered why she, along with most other theists’ need to put their sayings’, prayers, and symbols on display in their homes.
Is it a reminder that their god is watching every second of every day, and it “honors” their deity, or is it because they need a reminder of what they believe, or why they believe it? Maybe it’s fear, or just a daily reminder of why they’re right, and the other faiths are all wrong.
I came to the conclusion decades ago that I’ve never believed in anything other than our own demise, and that god/gods don’t exist. We will all die, and I think a lot of theists can’t, or won’t believe that this is the only life we get. We’re so special, there just has to be an afterlife, we’re the only conscious species in all of creation right, so we live on after we’re planted or incinerated. Where you spend eternity depends on whether you followed the correct doctrine.
Here’s what my wife had to hang on the walls in our new place.