What is the typical religious experience?
Here’s a try … You have to believe in unprovable things including holy scriptures which are believed to be 100% true and the only revelation to humans from the only true God, and if you do believe and repent, you will live forever in bliss.
The problem is each religion has its own holy scriptures and a different version of what’s 100% true.
This situation can cause doubt and it can be forgiven because as humans we make mistakes and are prone to doubt, plus churches don’t want to loose members, and so members are counseled that doubt is common and is one of the best tools of the evil one.
You have to believe in the supremacy of your beliefs above all others and in their unchangeableness. A promise is a promise! And it’s from the almighty and all-knowing being, the creator of the universe. Amen.
What about science? Scientists believe in what seems to be factual evidence until there’s enough evidence to produce doubt, and this doubt causes scientists to investigate further which can bring new ideas and can cause folks to understand things like…It’s the earth that’s spinning, not the stars.
To scientists and some religious seekers, doubt is not the enemy. Science looks at religion and asks what about all of the beliefs which claim to be perfect and fixed while disagreeing with thousands of others claiming to be perfect and fixed?
If almost all religions are claiming to be the only true religion, does it mean that at least one of them has to be true?
Is doubt the main road to truth and meaning?