>>4388>occultism isn't a religion, it's essentially an umbrella term for various beliefs, practices and rituals involving forces which fall outside the realm of traditional science or religion.
I understand what occultism is, most occultists don't adhere to the teachings of a religion because they don't want truth, they want a sense of truth and power so they read about bullshit topics that have so little to them. It functions the same as religion for its practicioners, though even the practitioners themselves recognize its so loose it can't be called a religion. What people look for in occultism is the same as what they look for in religion, but it isn't a religion. Most of it is so blatently fake and stupid, but they choose to ignore this because, "it would be so cool if I could cast spells and shit like Harry Potter."
>As far as believing in something because you want to believe in it, rather than because you actually believe in it, I think this is a very interesting point. Do you think a Christian with above average intelligence believes, literally, that Christ turned water to wine? What would it mean for someone to believe in the doctrine of Christ, to believe in the power of the religious texts, yet deny that water could physically be turned to wine (for example)?
A christian perspective, Christ was not man but God. God can do anything and doesn't have to adhere to the rules of the physical world like mortals do. This being said, if they truely believe in God it doesn't matter that it makes no sense,because god transcends the physical and his miracles and nature don't have to make sense to mortals. They weren't there to witness this event, so they can't say otherwise.
Christians do actively have to convice themselves, often times they'll talk about losing their faith and having to pray to renew it. So they do choose.
I believe the purpose of other religions is much more productive though. Religion was created to give man purpose and calm his existential fears (caused by sentience) and to keep order so society can function.
Both sentience and civilization are crimes and anomolies, nature's mistake. They shouldn't ever have existed, so you need a new force to help enforce them, and that is what religion does.
Religion's intention was always to unite (though often it divides), and has united many civilizations over the years, and religion was even enforced by law in many cases.
Occultism is so loose it can't unite, it doesn't encourage order to help a civilization function, and often times doesn't even provide purpose because of lack of belief in something higher than the physical, but just OUTSIDE of the physical.
Its interesting to read about and fantasize about, but as a religion its sub-par. Occult ideas is what you choose to believe in after you realize Santa Clause was just mommy all along, and one day you'll leave it behind too.