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benjarick

Is there a term for this - the notion or delusion of believing we have to discover the plan for our lives that was set by a deity?

Just to clarify, a common thought process of many religious believers is to seek out their pre-established purpose or purposes, those designed by the deity they believe in. If we were to look at this from a psychological perspective, it would likely be considered a delusion, one that I would love to know a term for. I have seen long sections wasted in people's lives because they were praying to know, fasting to know, serving, reading scriptures, overbearingly obeying this commandment and that ordinance or ritual - all to know what they are supposed to do with their lives. I'd like to either find a term for this delusion or create one. Thanks.

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Awesomeness.
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Christianity does not endorse fasting. We believe that THROUGH God's help, we can do what we need/want IF HE thinks it's right for you. We dot NOT believe that you just pray and do nothing and wait for him to do it all. We believe prayer and action go together. Also, there ARE such things as fanatic religious people, people who think they can find answers for EVERYTHING in Bible or pray and do nothing! These are the ones we see on the news who refuse medical attention. I am religious, pray, and see my doctors regularly for the serious condition that I have. Don't mix religion with cults. For example, I am an avid video gamer. The answer for video games is not in the Bible. Really, the goo religions teach love, respect, goodness, and other positive things. What's wrong with THAT? Have a good week!

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At the risk of over simplifying...listen to your brain and follow your heart...if God takes time to give you direction you might take that into consideration!

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Aristotle said that "man desires to know." I don't know if the need to "find / discover, etc" the meaning of life is (or should be) considered part of Jung's collective unconsciousness.

In your question, you use the word "notion" once, but you use "delusion" twice. It seems to me that you are implicitly indicating that you expect to settle on a term of derision to characterize this "common thought process of many religious believers." Further, what qualities or actions are you attributing to "religious believers" that would allow us to determine who such people are?

It seems to me you already have your own "term" for this "delusion." Why not share it with us?

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Standing-by delusion? Waiting on a deity delusion? Putting life on hold delusion? Inaction delusion? Time-wasting delusion? Any of these would work for what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen this delusion in action, you haven't had to build distaste for it, and therefore haven't developed the understanding for why I would post this question. I'm not sure if there is a term out there or if I'll have to coin one here today.
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If I were to post a question asking for a term to characterize the delusion of a person who stops at too low a level of inference and therefore obfuscates the necessity of determing a philosophy of life, would that help you understand the logical fallacy in your approach?
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Perhaps it's not a delusion then, but an effect or result of delusion. I just wanted to know if it has a term.
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