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The Sustainable Belief in Truth:

To some degree, fundamental doctrine in all religion requires an element of faith to believe. Ancient texts describing events that seem impossible in today's world often have little or no supporting evidence. Archaeological record can sometimes be used to confirm that an event took place but does not always confirm … how … it took place. Documented historical record may describe how an event took place but is often in contradiction with the faith of a particular religious belief. The world views of those maintaining historical record are often not aligned with modern religion, largely because in the ancient world, pagan religion was deeply integrated with government systems maintaining the historic record.

When leaders of religious cults are caught manipulating or withholding information that disproves cult history or doctrine, they often use this to their advantage. A leader of a Christian cult might say to a questioning member, "If you don't believe [our cult], then you also don't believe the Bible! By the same logic you use to question [our leader], the Bible falls apart!"

The unfortunate problem with this scenario is that the vast majority of cult members are neither religious historians or studies of world history and have only had access to partial cult history. Many do not consider the difference between governments or historians of the ancient world and today. Today's historical record, for the most part, attempts to separate belief or opinion from fact to preserve an unbiased view into history. The facts are important to history. Though opinion has its place in the historical record, it is in relation to the people involved in an event and not the event itself. Why? By removing belief or opinion from the historical record to collect facts, the accuracy record is sustainable through time. Future studies of the unbiased historical record will be viewed much the same way as it is today: factual.

This is not the case with a modern religious cult. Any religious cult doctrine based upon the "supernatural experiences" of a cult leader in today's world can be verified against fact, not questionable belief. Instead of applying faith towards the lack of sustainable evidence in ancient religion, modern cults require faith towards undeniable evidence. In other words, instead of asking followers to believe what might have happened, they ask followers to believe what undeniably did … not … happen. This type of "faith" is not sustainable.

There is only one type of faith that is sustainable through time: truth. Belief in something that is true will endure every test. Every examination, from every viewpoint, from every artifact in history will produce the same result. If something it is true, it cannot be false. This is the exact opposite of many cult beliefs. If something is false, it can never be true, no matter how much "faith" is applied.