Five things the religious mindset finds to be inconceivable:

1. It is seemingly inconceivable to deviate from a faith position. The Abrahamic religions contain very clear punishments for apostasy. The Old Testament and the Quran explicitly teach that idolatry and/or unbelief is a capital offense that deserves the death penalty. The New Testament transfers this authority to Christ and God at the end of the age. Anyone that is not found in the book of life according to the book of Revelation will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

2. It is seemingly inconceivable for there to not be an ultimate authority that transcends and rules over the human race. Tied within this mindset is an unfounded fear that to not have this authority in place is to fall into moral chaos. This ignores the basic human instinct to estimate the drawbacks and benefits of our choices. Are there irrational minds that delve into psychopathy in this area? Yes, but these people by no means represent the majority. It is unfair to assume that human beings are so inherently depraved that to not have such overarching authority is the equivalence of complete moral degradation.

3. On a related note many find it seemingly inconceivable for life to contain any meaning apart from God. It is thought that if God has not instilled meaning into his creatures then there is no meaning by default! This is just silly. The very fact that we exist infuses our lives with meaning. Our meaning comes from other people, from interacting with reality, and from recognizing the things that bring joy and comfort. A defeated mindset is one that cannot find meaning outside of religion. A mindset that values the little truth that we can savor in this life is one that easily finds meaning in spite of faith.

4. It is seemingly inconceivable to content ourselves in this one existence. Many people of faith openly state that if this life is all that there really is, then everything is hopeless. If there is no consummation of ultimate justice and reward then it is pointless to live a good life. This kind of mindset just goes to show the actual weakness that exists within their faith position. It is an indirect admission that religion, for them, is the only thing that is keeping them from descending into apathy and moral chaos. Is this good? Shouldn’t people of faith strive to have a backup morality? You know, just in case the whole God thing doesn’t work out? I find such a mindset rather sad and pathetic. I’m just being honest. By the way, not all people of faith think like this. I am simply highlighting certain common objections that I have encountered throughout the years.

5. It is seemingly inconceivable to love other people without the example of Jesus or other respected prophets. Well, no one is saying that Jesus and other respected teachers didn’t sometimes advocate very good principles. In example: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” By all means we ought to emulate goodness wherever it is found! It is also important to realize that these principles are not unique to just one religion. Other religions and even nonreligious philosophies advocate many of these same core ideas.

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  1. As one who has a religious mindset (at least someone who considers himself religious), may I answer your points.

    1. I’m convinced that faith is something one imposes on oneself. What I believe today is not the same as I believed 20 years ago, nor is it likely to be the same in 20 years time. If one isn’t open to new revelation, be that from philosophy, the sciences, or accumulated human wisdom, then one has blind faith in dogma.

    2. I see ample evidence in the lives of a great many atheists as well as those of many different faiths that there is no authority that rules over us, at least in the sense conveyed in the Abrahamic religions. If God exists at all, it’s in the spirit of love. I only need to compare New Zealand, where the non-religious outnumber religious 2:1 with the United States, where the religious outnumber the non-religious 2:1 to see the fallacy of moral chaos ensuing as a result of no religion. One doesn’t need the carrot and stick effect of heaven and hell, to be moral. Besides, morality is a social construct.

    3. Of course life has meaning without a deity. If it were not so, this country would be full of very unhappy and lost souls, not to mention countries such as Sweden and Japan.

    4. I’m not convinced that we have more than one existence. If there is such a thing as the Kingdom of God, it’s here on earth, and it’s up to us as to how it will turn out.

    5. It’s probably impossible to love others without some good role models, but there are plenty of good role models available. Sure the teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and many humanists can be a useful source of inspiration, but, for better or worse, I’m sure the examples set by one’s elders and peers are more influential.

    So there you have it, a religious person without a deity and with no dogma or creed. It works for me, and I have found that I am far from unique in this regard in this part of the world.

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