Is religious belief always motivated by fear? (SO of Heaven)
This is a spin-off of the Heaven thread, where a few people have said that they think people believe in God and/or an afterlife because they are afraid of the unknown and so, basically, they make up answers for themselves to relieve them of that burden.
Do you think that is always the case?
For me, personally, God's existence was never an "unknown" and I never really aknowledged any fear of what it would be life if there was no God. I've been a theist my whole life (of varying types throughout my life), not because I was afraid of the alternative, but because the presence of God, an impossible to describe sense of "otherness", has always been something that I can feel palpably in my heart and all around me.
Anyway, I just thought this might be an interesting topic and didn't want to hijack the other thread.
"True joy does not come from owning something, it comes from the encounter in relations with others, in feeling loved and understood. Because joy comes from the gratefulness of an encounter. The joy of "the encounter with Jesus" and in "feeling loved by God. " Pope Francis My Blog