There are no atheists in foxholes
Although the expression is somewhat cliched, it is a truism that can only be realized from real world life experience.
In other words, anyone who does not believe the expression that there are no atheists in foxholes - anyone who does not believe that Someone created God's green earth - has probably not faced imminent death - perceived or otherwise. Because that's the point at which human beings re-prioritize their thought process. Not always, but I've seen it in action - so I know the point in time exists.
Rephrased yet again, anyone who makes the statement that "religious faith is just an opinion" is stating what they believe is a fact - because they may have not yet had their "foxhole" moment in life. When they make statements like that - they may also be exposing their lack of worldly life and/or general work experience - who knows?
Here's how it works:
- Since there is no way to know until after one dies whether there is an afterlife - when placed in a situation in which one's life is threatened - some humans hedge their bets by praying to a higher being.
- If the person had religious training earlier in life - the higher being they speak to during their foxhole moment may be the God in the Christina Bible, as most people are aware of how the praying process functions..
- The foxhole moment can come in many forms, ranging from a natural disaster (act of God, aye) - a bad car wreck - a wall of fire heading directly toward a smoke jumper - a consistent schedule of dismounted or mounted military patrols in a bad place on the planet - or anything else that causes the emotion of fear to suddenly arrive.
Thus, it could be stated that "religious faith is just an opinion" - but opinions change - often during an individual's personal foxhole moment.
US Navy Seabees with a completed defensive machine gun position
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