Do the beliefs of others apply to others who don't share the same belief? If the beliefs of the believers apply to the non-believers, how do they know? The strange thing is that most of the consequences for non-believers is that it happens after death. How do the believers know that, in fact, happens? Let me give some examples. If I have a religious belief and believe that it applies to others, but others reject it, would my belief apply to them? If one doesn't believe/do ____X____, then ____Y____ will happen. If I don't believe in a certain deity I will be judged then condemned to an unpleasant fate. How would anyone know? Some have the belief of purgatory - others reject it the premise. Does the what the believers believe apply to the non believers? How do/would they know? Some have the belief of hell. Others reject the premise. Does the belief of hell apply to the non believers? How do/would they really know? Some religions believe in judgement day, others do not. Does judgement day apply to the non-believers? How do/would the believers really know? I have a religious friend who believes that Kachina* dolls, common in the SW at tourist traps, contain spirits and says they are evil - possessing them endangers my spiritual well being. I see them as nothing more than carved painted wood. Does his beliefs apply to me? These are just examples. Just curious. *Brief history for those who aren't familiar with Kachina dolls. http://www.sakhomenewa.com/History/brief.html Wanna kill these ads? We can help!