By  Decoder 6.7b

 Religion always asks for your complete trust and confidence before evidence is provided. It asks you to have a strong belief based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof, even though you never understand what is ‘spiritual apprehension’.

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Why religion asks people to have faith first?

Because there is no satisfactory evidence and proof of God’s existence, and God is unknowable. Non-believers could consider all God-talk is absurd, ridiculous, noncognitive, linguistically empty, meaningless, and nonsense. Believers, when can not convince people or refute criticism with reason —they regard faith as the first of the three  theological virtues.(Bible, I  Corinthians 13:13) and choose faith as the only way out.

God (Creator, Supreme Being, Allah, Brahman, Elohim, , Waheguru, Ra, Vishnu, etc) who in his essence is abstract, immanent, transcendent, is incomprehensible to general humans and  is not  testable by the methods of science. God is invisible, intangible, metaphysical, who can’t be seen, heard, touched, smelled, approached, actually can’t be verifiable by the five senses in essence. This invisible God can not satisfy the request of ‘seeing is believing’. George Denis Patrick Carlin, an American stand-up comedian—could-be one of the most humorous, sarcastic, funny and intelligent  comedian of all time, joked in his first book Brain Droppings that he could not worship an invisible God so he worshiped the Sun because he could actually see it.

Actually God is a imaginarily man-made God only, he doesn’t have an real entity in the universe. God is a creation of man’s frustration and need,  so Voltaire (pen name of François-Marie Arouet 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) commented  religion with conclusion saying “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.". We can say in this way that a real God never exists, but a virtual God always exists within the brain/mind of human believers.I could not agree more with Michael Shermer, was once a fundamentalist Christian, is now a nontheist, about the concept of “ Humans made God, not God created humans” or “Virtual man-made God” in my term. He wrote “In no way do I intend this belief to belittle religion or people’s belief in any way. It is a testable hypothesis that I find reasonable and supported by the evidence from comparative mythology and world religion, evolutionary biology and psychology, and the antropology, sociolog, and psychology of religion.” (Shermer, 1999. p.90) Back to 1912, Wilhelm Schmidt, an Austrian linguist, anthropologist, and ethnologist, has theorized that among almost all tribes prehistoric man created a God, usually a sky god, the First Cause of all thingsand Ruler of Heaven and Earth, and then created gods. (Armstrong, 1994. p.3. and Boulton, 2002. p.77-8.)

 

We also can give answer to why religion always asks people to have faith first by talking of religious belief and religion.

Religion is not scientific because it is not testable by the methods of science.religion

Religious belief  itself is ridiculous, absurd, illogical, unfounded, vain, incoherent, unintelligible, self-contradictory, even  insane and dangerous. Any statements about religious or other transcendent experiences could not have a truth value, and were deemed to be without meaning as Logical positivists viewed.

Religion itself is full of all kinds of superstitions, fanaticism and brain washing. It is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." as Christopher Hitchens regards in his book “God is Not Great”.

So , again here is the question: why religion asks people to have faith first?  Because God is only imaginary and virtually exists within believers’ brain/mind, the only way religion can convince you is asking you to operate your faith in the beginning to give it a go although it is lack of convincing evidences, then through prayer, religious activities and experiences your brain would be gradually deceived and eventually all those misinterpretation, misapprehension, and misjudgement to  all religious experiences and phenomena will turn untested belief into unshakable fanaticism.By Decoder 6.7b

 

References: 

Armstrong, Karen, (1994). . A History of God.Ballantine Books.

 

Boulton, David, (2002).The trouble with God.U.K. Ashford Colour Press.

 

Shermer, Michael. (1999). How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science.New York: W. H. Freeman and Company

 

 

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