When people believe in things beyond their senses reason leaves the safety zone of reality and goes off into areas it’s no way equipped to deal with. They go beyond a point where rational thought ends and imaginative dreaming takes over, and while there is no circumstance where this can be trusted to supply the mind with viable information, yet they believe this to be the very domain of the mind where truth is to be found, and the very opposite from which any rational consideration should lead them. Under such misapprehensions the mind is off the leash and wanders uncontrolled beyond the borders of reality, accepting the most outrageous imaginings as true by warrant of thought.
Contemplation when under the watchful eye of ones intellect may be very rewarding, even speculation kept inside the bounds of credibility can lead to educational insights, but to leap from these benign musings to a dead sure belief is a different matter altogether. We seem to lose appreciation of the extent to which these suppositions defy belief. Imagining a whole world separated from but attached to the one your living in, that’s beyond any comprehension of the senses, yet can be thought into existence, outside of reality yet responsible for it, is a sizable assumption to make using only the power of thought. It’s also spooky and occult.
We also forget the primitive innocence needed for such a malfunction of the understanding to manifest itself in the mind as an intellectual insight.
We’re often reminded of the fact that illusion is not mental illness and that religious beliefs stand or fall as a reasonable speculation, with little or no association with delirium, yet when we consider the meaning of the word we find that it’s pertinent only to matters concerning the natural world; belief beyond our senses is only available in pathology. In short, you have to be out of your mind to believe things that are incomprehensible to your mind. Religious conviction, I would reason, is a mental condition on a par with delusion, no more, but no less, unhinged.