The consequences of one's beliefs are what follows logically from what is stated.
You have the potential consequences regarding the actual original validity of the beliefs. For example an atheist might spend eternity in the void or hell or some other place reserved for such smug individuals.
Any religious person would also have to accept that if they do not suffer for choosing the wrong religion, then others will.
There is also the more subtle logical consequences of your beliefs. They fall into the realms of A + B = C - therefore you must believe B + A also equals C.
Specifically - There are things we know for sure as these things have been measured and documented many times and from many cultures. I'm refering specifically to religious experiences.
1) Feeling the hand(s) of ____________ (insert personal diety here).
2) Talking with __________________
3) Your life was changed when ______________ found you.
4) Without ____________ in your life it would feel empty.
5) I prayed to _______________ and it was answered.
6) I saw a miracle and it happened in the name of ____________
7) When I pray I feel in touch with ____________
All of the above are used to support the faith based system of religious belief. They are also found in every single religion around the world.ALSO, just about every religion claims to be the correct path - and that straying from this path can possibly lead to punishment.
This means (to use a specific example) that as a Christian you would have to believe that either everyone else is hallucinating or that God is appearing as someone else to those individuals - which cannot be of course because it's clear in the ten commandments that there's only him -- and not the myriad from Hindu, Navaho etc. Of course, the idea that you had a hallucination will never cross your mind.
There are many issues concerning this whole "We're right, they're wrong" attitude that for the most part people don't think about.
Who here has read that paper on artificially stimulating the "God" experience? They were able, through magnetic stimulation of certain parts of the brain (If I remember correctly) to get the subjects to see "God". What they saw was of course dependant on what they were raised to be - but they saw it at the press of a button. What do you think this means?