Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty.
The strength of religious belief is prodigious. People dedicate their lives, not eat certain foods (or not eat at all), refrain from sex, even sacrifice their lives—all for their religious beliefs. What drives such non-natural subjugation? Is this evidence for the truth of religion? Or for mental traits once purposeful in evolution but now misdirected?
A belief system is a set of mutually supportive beliefs. The beliefs of any such system can be classified as religious, philosophical, political, ideological, or a combination of these.
Religious belief refers to attitudes towards mythological, supernatural, or spiritual aspects of a religion.Religious belief is distinct from religious practice and from religious behaviors – with some believers not practicing religion and some practitioners not believing religion. Religious beliefs, deriving from ideas that are exclusive to religion, often relate to the existence, characteristics and worship of a deity or deities, to the idea of divine intervention in the universe and in human life, or to the gerontological explanations for the values and practices centered on the teachings of a spiritual leader or of a spiritual group. In contrast to other belief systems, religious beliefs are usually codified.
Without faith it’s impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Both faith and fear are perceptions of one’s future outcomes. That is why they are so powerful; they are perceptions of the mind. Faith can be used to control someone, or free someone; depending on the religion. Faith must have a cognitive, measurable biological effect on one. Faith can make someone turn their lives around if caught up in the wrong lifestyle. It can also be used to drive an individual to strap bombs on their person and harm people unrelated to their issues. Faith and fear, both are very powerful. Fear has a causal effect and is a symptom in many mental health disorders. Fear causes many of these issues, while faith cures many of them.
Spirituality is not something independent of worldly education. In fact, it is parents and teachers who impart secular, ethical and spiritual education to the child. Spiritual evolution begins with devotion, devotion gradually transforms into wisdom, and wisdom leads to renunciation. Renunciation leads to spirituality and, finally, spirituality leads to liberation.
Developing an attitude of spirituality indicates an attitude wherein we have full faith in the Upanishads dictum that man is a spiritual Being, he is potentially divine; infinite bliss is his natural state and it is the source of all human values. These values cannot be imposed; they come from within.