When you start to form arguments that are not logical, fallacious or have no clear consistency with the real world or other arguments is when religion becomes delusion. There are people who openly admit "I know it is not logical to believe what I believe but I have faith and don't care to form any argument from it." The head of the coalition to keep church and state separate is a theist. These are examples of rational religionists- or at least reasonable. I'd happily call these examples 'not delusional' for their basic understanding of consequence. When we see hurtful delusion is when people try to justify their irrational belief with dishonest argument tactics and force their own irrational practice on others- in some cases resulting in mass murder like we see with the ban on condoms in Africa upheld by the catholic church.
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religious belief is among a group of people and the people are free to talk with each other, while delusion is despised by everyone, delusion can't be talked and delusion can't be shared due to the universal discrimination in our world.
Actually I think a lot of person who have delusion think in the same way, for example, they think they have "sensor", they think they are monitored and persecuted and there are rumor about them everywhere.
I read about the difference between religious belief and delusion before, it is said that religion could be believed by a lot of people, while delusion can't be believed by anyone, and I don't think the number of believers should be the criteria to tell the difference between religious belief and delusion.
discrimination tells the difference.
i think religious belief and delusion exist among people could both because something in our life can't be satisfied.