At the bottom of Christianity there are several subtleties that belong to the Orient. In the first place, it knows that it is of very little consequence whether a thing be true or not, so long as it is believed to be true. Truth and faith: here we have two wholly distinct worlds of ideas, almost two diametrically opposite worlds--the road to the one and the road to the other lie miles apart. To understand that fact thoroughly--this is almost enough, in the Orient, to make one a sage. - The Antichrist.
The above is quoted from Nietzsche's polemic The Antichrist, and if I may add, which is a thoroughly good read.
Read it here:
In the paragraph highlighted by bold, what do you think of that estimation?
Nietzsche also gives us an example of this notion that it matters not whether something exists, so as long as it is believed to exist:
The Brahmins knew it, Plato knew it, every student of the esoteric knows it. When, for example, a man gets any pleasure out of the notion that he has been saved from sin, it is not necessary for him to be actually sinful, but merely to feel sinful. - The Antichrist.
It doesn't matter that a thing be true, so as long as it is believed to be true, or, believed in. Does this apply not only to Christianity, but to other religions like Hinduism, new age religions, and even Buddhism?
Does it even apply to belief in things (that cannot be proved, or disproved, for example) in general?
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Believing that something is true for the sake of it. watch
- Thread Starter
- 03-10-2010 16:01
- 03-10-2010 16:07
- 03-10-2010 16:12
Could argue that the vast majority of people just take the word of science on faith, seeing as very few of them will have any notion about it.
- 03-10-2010 16:16
Ughh I can't stand Nietzche