Most religious dogma defines how to demonstrate submission, and can become a social cause if other people accept the dogma as truth. Your acceptance of religious claims is identifiable through your religious behavior.
Religious behavior is shown by ritual submission - often by coordinated body movements that signal compliance. The rules for religious behaviors are culturally transmitted - the external triggers for such behavior such behaviors include authoritarian commands and symbols, while the internal triggers include feelings of anxiety, rage, loss or gratitude.
In most communications, the word "god" is
synonymous with the word "luck".
Watch people in military organizations saluting and parading, watch political supporters and football fans chanting slogans. Ritual behavior requires a show of faith - a show of believing ideas that cannot be proved. Yet if you accept a proposition by faith, you may become unable to judge that proposition by evidence.
Many religions seem to have failed because they were too complex. A philosophy beyond the comprehension of average people must be simplified into a dogma - and the people who do the simplifying may be called saints.
Religions are as irrational as atheism.
The word heresy is from the Greek hairesis, which means "choice". People who prefer to choose may have to evade bigotry, persecution and murder by people who prefer to comply.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality has so many meanings. Spirituality can refer to an ultimate reality or a way to stop thinking or the purchase of ornaments. Some practices, such as meditation, prayer and contemplation, are often hoped to lead to experiences of connectedness with a larger reality, with a 'true self'; with other people or with a divine realm.
Most religious people will leave you alone if you leave them alone.
Our spiritual coaching has inspired or helped many people orient themselves. We help people explore immaterial realities and transcendental experiences - without dogma. We also help people replace unwanted habits or deadly sins with desired behaviors.
Spiritual counseling requires clarity, preparation and a proven methodology. We often help people explore experiences that some call ecstatic or enlightening (see Psychobiology of Enlightenment).
Evidence or Faith?
Judaism, Christianity and Islam were founded
on a story of a man
People who demand verifiable or testable evidence before they show submissive behavior may be called agnostic, atheist or worse. Members of tribal or authoritarian societies may be punished if they do not show appropriate submission or if they criticize accepted dogma. Members of multi-cultural societies have more choices, including a choice of whether to not engage in submissive behaviors.
... almost any sect, cult, or
religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires
The primary consequences of religious behaviors are acceptance by people who behave in similar ways and rejection by people who prefer to show other or no submissive behavior. Religious behavior is rationalized by dogma and bounded by taboos. If people who consider themselves religious break their taboos - they may burden themselves with guilt and risk ritual punishments.
Consequences of Religious Dogma
Adults who age regress become more naive, more eager to comply and easier to manipulate. Common ways to induce age regression include threats that elicit emotions such has anger, sadness, fear and guilt. Age regression and compliance are often produced by speeches about punishments - both before and after death.
Blasphemy is the disrespectful use of the names or claims of accepted esoteric entities or religious dogma. It includes using sacred words as stress expletives.
Fundamentalism is a disease.
It is an invasive, violating thought-virus
Consequences of Religious Faith
Faith includes believing what cannot be proven. Although there appears to be no hard historical evidence that the biblical Jesus, Joseph or Mary ever existed, millions of people have faith that they lived, and that they are still alive, over 2000 years old.
Primacy: what you believe first you
believe longest ...
Most children adopt their parent's beliefs, no matter how irrational. Most children taught a belief system, will follow it without question. Children who question an adult's beliefs may be punished. Religious education is sometimes synonymous with child abuse.
When people damage their inner
You can learn about a religion, philosophy or therapy when you see how it shapes the behavior of those people who use or follow it.
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