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The "fear of belief" is a most interesting fear, and a common one I presume. People do have so many false beliefs which are so disconnected from or contrary to reality. Beliefs can be rigid and become brittle and unyielding and lead to narrow minded prejudice. Or beliefs can be fluid and flexible based on education, experience, knowledge, and wisdom.

It is my own opinion that the fear of beliefs - which is really a fear of false beliefs - demonstrates a personal misunderstanding of the profound difference between beliefs and faith. The UB teaches us that faith is real and functional and is a natural result of the mortal connection to the Spirit within - even if our beliefs are incomplete, inaccurate, or totally false.

True faith overcomes all beliefs, true or false, since knowledge and beliefs do not describe, define, or limit the power of faith to transcend all knowledge and beliefs and to transform each of us by religious experience. The personal transformation by faith brings the birth of soul to children and barbarians and primitives and the uneducated and the stupid...but also to the misinformed and misguided and prejudiced, no matter their knowledge and intelligence.

Faith can also grow soul and deliver personal revelation and truth and truth discernment and Divine Assurance and the resurrection to any mortal, despite false beliefs. Those with a "fear of (false) beliefs" do not truly understand the power of faith to overcome those and deliver us to the heavenly abode.

Beliefs and our dependence on them often limits, defines, blinds, poisons, and radicalizes the religionist. The UB teaches that ignorance and prejudice are the greatest obstacles to our growth. Prejudice and ignorance often combine to make believers into judgmental evangelists who define everybody else by beliefs and doctrines and ceremonies, etc.

100:1.2 (1094.4) Some persons are too busy to grow and are therefore in grave danger of spiritual fixation. Provision must be made for growth of meanings at differing ages, in successive cultures, and in the passing stages of advancing civilization. The chief inhibitors of growth are prejudice and ignorance.

Me here: Such believers also tend to mistrust and deny science and become obstacle to personal and social and religious progress...including their own.

8. Faith and Belief

101:8.1 (1114.5) Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience. One believes truth, admires beauty, and reverences goodness, but does not worship them; such an attitude of saving faith is centered on God alone, who is all of these personified and infinitely more.

101:8.2 (1114.6) Belief is always limiting and binding; faith is expanding and releasing. Belief fixates, faith liberates. But living religious faith is more than the association of noble beliefs; it is more than an exalted system of philosophy; it is a living experience concerned with spiritual meanings, divine ideals, and supreme values; it is God-knowing and man-serving. Beliefs may become group possessions, but faith must be personal. Theologic beliefs can be suggested to a group, but faith can rise up only in the heart of the individual religionist.

101:8.3 (1114.7) Faith has falsified its trust when it presumes to deny realities and to confer upon its devotees assumed knowledge. Faith is a traitor when it fosters betrayal of intellectual integrity and belittles loyalty to supreme values and divine ideals. Faith never shuns the problem-solving duty of mortal living. Living faith does not foster bigotry, persecution, or intolerance.

101:8.4 (1115.1) Faith does not shackle the creative imagination, neither does it maintain an unreasoning prejudice toward the discoveries of scientific investigation. Faith vitalizes religion and constrains the religionist heroically to live the golden rule. The zeal of faith is according to knowledge, and its strivings are the preludes to sublime peace.


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