Richard Dawkins and those who believe in him are truly, DELUSIONAL (Part 1)
Last year I read, “The God Delusion” written by Richard Dawkins. From time to time I like to read about the secular world religion of Atheism and Richard Dawkins is one of the current leading atheist writers on Atheism so last year I picked his book to read. The purpose of this series of articles is a critique of the deluded book from Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion.
I’ve learned over the last nine months that many atheists do not read anything which goes against their religion of Atheism. I guess they feel threatened reading books by Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, Antony Flew, C. S. Lewis, and others who were once atheist but during their honest search for truth let the evidence lead them to the truth. I also learned over the last nine months that many atheists think that followers of Christ Jesus are afraid to actually test their faith in Christ Jesus because these atheists falsely believe that followers of Christ Jesus have a blind faith. Well, in reality followers of Christ Jesus are actually taught to test and examine ourselves to see if we are actually in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) This teaching is why I read Richard Dawkins’ book among many other secular writings.
As I was reading Dawkins’ ramblings, musings and distortions I decided to take a few notes and do some writing of my own. This series of articles points out some of the numerous points within Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion that made me think the most. This series of articles goes somewhat along with the chapters of Dawkins’ delusional book but not totally. Unless otherwise noted, all references to Richard Dawkins within this series of articles come from directly from his deluded book, The God Delusion.
As Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion, made a disclaimer, I make this disclaimer for this series of articles in unparalleled presumption of respect to Richard Dawkins and those who believe in him and in the religion of Atheism. Also, I include agnostics who in hopes of their self-proclaimed ignorance that when their time comes to be able to debate their righteousness with God based on their ignorance of enough evidence to believe. I will not go out of my way to offend any of you yet I will handle myself as a true follower of Christ Jesus and be salt of the earth in pointing you to absolute truth and the utter delusion told of in Dawkins’ book. (Matthew 5:13) (Romans 1:16)
To this I must say that some people who say they are Christian may be offended with some parts of these articles as they may go against their meek understanding of Christianity and/or their lack of actually following Christ Jesus’ teachings. To these self-proclaimed Christians, I say read the New Testament book of Romans for clarification of being a follower of Christ Jesus. For that matter, I highly suggest that everyone read not only the book of Romans but also the New Testament book of James as it gives a great account of Christ Jesus.
If you are an atheist who is about to contact me about it being my burden of proof to prove to you God’s existence, don’t because that’s not how it works. Your apathy of knowing absolute truth is not my burden to bear. It is up to you to choose for yourself to take responsibility for yourself to seek to find, know and accept absolute truth or not and it is not up to me or anyone else to choose for you nor is it up to me or anyone else to give to you the proof you need.
The proof you want (if you honestly want it) of God’s existence is the proof you need and only you and God know what that is, not me nor anyone else knows but you and God. Some of the proof I needed to have a personal relationship with God is written in the an article if you choose to read about My Personal Relationship with Christ Jesus.
During my reading of The God Delusion, I could hardly believe that anyone could have placed their faith in in such absurdity as what Dawkins wrote let alone that someone with supposedly a great academic background as Dawkins wrote so poorly and had such an illusory imagination which he passes off as reality that some people actually believe. As I was reading it what kept coming to my mind was, “Wow, how is this is a bestselling book?” If it wasn’t for the book being in the non-fiction section of the bookstore where I got it I would have thought it was a very poorly written science fiction writing with a very lame plot that could never become a B movie or a local cable TV show. Yet in reality I knew it was and is a very poorly written science fiction writing used as bait by Richard Dawkins to lure and catch his prey; those who choose to not clearly think for themselves.
Basically Richard Dawkins evangelism of Atheism is his sole purpose for the book. It is my assumption that many followers of the religion of Atheism will not complete reading this first article let alone the series of articles on Richard Dawkins’ book because they are choosing to be limited in their thinking and staying in their little box. These atheists following the religion of Atheism cannot think outside the little box that they have placed themselves into. These atheists are so far deluded into the Richard Dawkins Delusion that they may never be bright enough to actually read anything that is in opposition to their religion of Atheism. These atheists thus choose to give up their own will to clearly think for themselves just to faithfully follow the likes of Richard Dawkins’ musings as absolute truth. These atheists following the religion of Atheism are like the ones who actually allow and find reverence in censorship of anything that is against their teachings such as that on the RichardDawkins.net forums which prohibit all discussions which are against their religion of Atheism. These are the atheists who are so limited in their thinking that many of them cannot get out of the Pandora’s box they’ve placed themselves into and honestly without bias read something that goes against their religion of Atheism. These atheists are afraid to actually test their faith in Atheism.
How to not fall prey to the likes of Richard Dawkins
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
A Deeply Religious Believer
I am a follower of Christ Jesus. I am not perfect. The God described in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible is the only one true God consisting of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The Holy Bible is the word of God. The word of God is absolute truth.
All other beliefs, gods and religions (including the religion of Atheism) are purely myth, mere opinion, often including fictional characters and events but are not absolute truth. Although these fictional gods and religions may have been based on partial truth, a person from history and hold some moral value standards which resemble the solely one true God, they are neither a path of salvation for ones sins nor a path into Heaven.
I have great faith in God, His only begotten Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. My faith is founded in Jesus’ fulfilling prophecy of the Old Testament in
cluding His being God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, living a sinless life, dying on a cross as a sacrifice to cleanse me of my sins and then rising from the dead three days later to live again.
I live my life as a follower of Christ Jesus as taught in the Holy Bible’s New Testament. As I relentlessly fall short of perfection, I uncompromisingly confess my sins to Jesus to receive God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace so that I shall be cleansed of my sins so to have eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I pray to God in Jesus’ name to give glory and honor to God for the blessings I have received and to receive strength to resist daily temptations I encounter.
It pleases me that you are open to reading about my faith, morality and God. I will not force anything upon you because it is your choice to continue reading or not. I am pointing you to the light of the world, absolute truth and good news so that you will not be in darkness. (John 8:12) Hopefully this series of articles will help open your eyes to the truth and start you thinking for yourself. It is up to you to either accept or deny what you are reading as something valuable to you or not. I am only as a farmer sowing seeds in hopes of precious rains giving forth a great harvest sometime in the future. (James 5:7)
Who Deserves Respect?
As I was growing up in Southeast Tennessee, I was taken to church, Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School by my parents and was taught the beliefs I hold precious today about God. I was taught to give respect to all people regardless of their religious beliefs, color of skin, age or nationality. I was taught that there is only one race of people, the human race which all mankind was created by God. Unlike Richard Dawkins who when growing up had a priest which was more interested in telling tall tales rather than teaching truth, God’s holy word, I had people who took the teaching of the truth to children, adolescents and adults seriously and who taught me the holy word of God. (John 8:31-32)
Although along the way to and into my adult life I strayed at times, the early lessons I was taught from the Holy Bible, laid the Christian foundation with which I live my life today and will live for the rest of my life on earth for I chose and choose to forgo following my God given free will to follow the will of God. (Matthew 10:38) I am in no way perfect and my education is nowhere near that of Richard Dawkins, although, God has given me special gifts with which He entrusts me with to point people to the absolute truth and to the good news. (James 3:1)
Also unlike Richard Dawkins who prided himself in eluding his and his priest’s attention away from learning and teaching scripture, I was actively involved and enjoyed the scriptural teachings being taught and respected the people teaching me about God, His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit. My teachers were fully engaged in teaching me about God’s holy word. My respect for the teachers and their respect for God allowed for me to have an understanding of right from wrong, truth and deceit, love and hate. (Luke 6:27)
There are people in the world like Richard Dawkins and his gods Carl Sagan and Steven Weinberg, who take great care to distort the truth and insert their own delusion and misrepresentations in place of the truth. (2 Peter 2:1-3) All the while Richard Dawkins and the like find amusement in their power positions with their advanced degrees using illogical pretense to persuade people into thinking that their supremacy is absolute truth all the while stating that they are onto something new beyond anything ever conceived of before by anyone ever in all of written history. Richard Dawkins thinks he is above the average man in his understanding of God’s existence and thus uses his inelegant writing skills to hunt down and mislead people who trust his word because he has such “enlightenment,” degrees, and credentials. (Psalms 146:3)
The Richard Dawkins category of person make prey of those people who are not inclined to personally research the powerful evidence of God’s true existence nor are they willing to forgo their lusts for satisfying their own selfish desires. (Galatians 5:19-21) The prey of Richard Dawkins are also delusional because they do not use their own wisdom to truly research both sides as they use their free will to purposefully choose to hear what satisfies their ambition to do whatever they want to do and call it truth. (James 3:13-16)
Richard Dawkins and others like him arrogantly feed their prey what they want to hear thus elevating him to “god” status in his and their minds as the prey he feeds wants more to quench their thirst for self-gratification and hunger for unlimited lack of taking personal responsibility for their deeds. (2 Peter 2:17-19) Richard Dawkins and those like him are great deceivers who are most able and willing to delude their prey with partial truths, misrepresentations, elegant writings and witty statements all the while as they are preaching about the atheist faith and religious practices of Atheism as if they are on to something anew. (Matthew 7:15)
Richard Dawkins, I believe has less faith in his atheist religion of Atheism that God does not exist and more conviction than he wants to admit in that God does indeed exist. (Hebrews 11:1-3) Richard Dawkins is truly delusional in his quest of persuading his prey to sacrifice him or herself to the atheist faith and that he, Richard Dawkins is the beholder of absolute truth in God’s nonexistence and thus entices his prey to spread his word of guile against God. (Titus 1:10) Richard Dawkins maintains that he is a god of enlightenment and wants his prey to believe it too so to help him better his hunger for supremacy over those who give him sovereignty over them so to try and overcome the conviction he has of the absolute existence of God. (Romans 14:22)
Caution to those who fall prey to Richard Dawkins and his kind. Do not take his word for the truth. Start your own research and find the truth for it is there for you to find and accept. Open your minds to more than Richard Dawkins’ heresy through his droll assertions, clever remarks, shadowy charisma and tainted details which at first take seems founded and reasonable but if honestly thought about and researched is discovered to be pure deception. (2 Corinthians 11:14) Respect goes to those who seek out and find the truth that don’t fall prey to deceitful people. (Romans 12:17)
The main title of this series of articles, Richard Dawkins and those who believe in him are truly, DELUSIONAL, does indeed refer to the self-proclaimed enlightened Richard Dawkins and those who believe in him. I am writing about how delusional Richard Dawkins is and how he does not deserve any respect for his babbling about God not existing. You see, Richard Dawkins has made a huge error in mistaking religious practice with God’s existence and another error in not taking the overwhelming evidence of God’s existence seriously. The character flaw in Richard Dawkins and his kind too, is bitterly arrogant selfish ambition in not denying self-indulgent behaviors along with classic jealousy of the Creator of absolute truth thus they go to great lengths to persuade others to believe in them and not in the truth. (James 3:14)
It would be a shame if I have offended any atheist at this point so to have an atheist quit reading this article because it is well known that many atheists do not want to get anywhere near absolute truth and have an abnormally thin wall of respect for anyone thinking differently than they do because they think that they are so much more enlightened than Christians. (Proverbs 18:13) Tolerance is what they preach but intolerance is in their actions. (1 Samuel 2:3) My challenge to the atheist is to test your atheist faith and continue reading this series of articles if you think God does not exist. (Colossians 2:4)
Remember, only two ultimate
outcomes exist after you finish reading this series of articles. You will either keep your mind closed, continue to believe that God does not exist and not do any research of your own to test your atheist faith or you will test your atheist faith, open your mind and truly research the existence of God for yourself and make your choice of faith based because of your knowledge and understanding of all the facts about God and not just because someone told you something. (2 Peter 1:5-8) For is it not better to truly know something because you yourself, have researched both sides of the issue for yourself and know the facts from fiction, the reality from delusion and not just have taken someone else’s word for something you pronounce as your beliefs and have put your total faith in and wager your eternal life on? (John 3:16)
Don’t fall prey to the kinds of Richard Dawkins. Continue to read this series of articles and do your own research into God’s existence. The day will come that your choice will really matter. Don’t let your day come with you not properly prepared for your eternal life. (Romans 6:23)
Religion versus God
As stated above, Richard Dawkins in his book, The God Delusion, made much hype in his writing in mistaking religious practice with something to do with God’s existence. (James 1:26) God exists regardless of religion. (Genesis 1:1) Richard Dawkins’ error goes along with his character flaw in that he knows in bringing up various religious practices in dissimilar religions, he can better persuade people to follow him due to some of the absurd religious rituals and the bewildered hordes who practice them. (2 Timothy 4:3) Richard Dawkins knows that he can persuade his prey to believe in him by bringing up the absurdities of these ridiculous religious practices and the misuses and abuses that have come about due to the selfish nature of mankind.
Richard Dawkins knows that some of the ridiculous religious practices and beliefs were declared to be Christian in nature but were far from being based on the absolute one and only God of the Holy Bible and do not follow Christ Jesus’ teachings. Just as in Richard Dawkins’ deceitful teachings with cunning elegant words and phony etiquette, these bogus religions had godless leaders say that they were/are teaching as Christians and that they were following Jesus Christ yet they were not Christians and they were perverted through their vanity, greed, sexual perversions and hunger for power. (2 Peter 2:17-19) These godless leaders full of charisma distort the Holy Bible to contort into their own religious teachings with strategy to reign over their followers and encourage their followers with empty promises that the followers want to hear as they resolve in their own conceited desires. These depraved godless leaders create cult followers of their prey who carry out religious orders for whatever the godless leader requests. This following allows for the “Jim Jones” type community which has played itself out over and over again in various degrees throughout history.
Richard Dawkins knows that in bringing up religion, he can cite a variety of examples that display non-Christian religious practice falsely being said to be Christian being lead through godless leaders throughout history as described above to make his case against God’s existence. You must understand that in these non-Christian religious practices the one true God does not exist in their teachings even though they may say He is, they are as deceitful as Richard Dawkins himself, set out to do their own bidding and teaching their own prophecy. (1 John 2:22) Richard Dawkins knows however that regardless of perverted or not religious practices of anyone anywhere at any time that this does not prove that God does not exist. It only proves that people everywhere can be duped into following false doctrine (including Atheism) and need to seek and find the truth for themselves and know that beyond any religion practice only one true God exists and that is the God described in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.
Mankind’s Sinful Nature versus God
Richard Dawkins knows that mankind has a sinful nature and that we do not want to follow the word of God. (Romans 7:5) He also knows that our sinful nature can and has corrupted leaders in all ages throughout history due to the powerful positions held and the greediness of some leaders to take advantage of a given situation when the timing is right to do so.
Richard Dawkins knows that some of these leaders corrupted through their greed of money, others through their lusts of sex while others desired influence over people and still others like Richard Dawkins, have voracity and aspiration for ultimate supremacy. Richard Dawkins knows that by bringing up in his fetid writings the Christian leaders who have fallen to their sinful nature that he can persuade some people to think that these Christian leaders falling gives reason that God does not exist. Richard Dawkins knows his prey will believe him and thus get him that much closer to satisfying his hunger and reaching his ambition for ultimate supremacy.
There are Christian leaders who have fallen to temptation. (Luke 8:13) No one is beyond the right temptation without accepting the strength of God to help them overcome. (Isaiah 12:2) It is truly a shame for Christian leaders to fall as there are so many avenues to which they could have held fast so to gain strength against their temptations and not fall prey to temptation if they had just deepened their faith in God and had gone to the Elders in their church instead of relying solely on their own strength simply to find themselves bowing to their own will and into temptation. (2 Peter 2:9) Richard Dawkins knows but will not admit regardless the number of fallen Christian leaders, only one true God exists and that is the God described in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.
One’s Religious Experience versus God
Richard Dawkins knows that one’s own personal religious participation, experiences and observations from childhood through adolescence to adulthood directly correlate to one’s belief in God. Take in comparison Richard Dawkins and my personal religious participation, experiences and observations. Richard Dawkins in his childhood made “sport” of disrepute and sidetracking his chaplain away from the teachings about God at his school while in contrast I was actively involved and enjoyed the scriptural teachings being taught and respected the people teaching me about God.
Through adolescence, Richard Dawkins I’m sure kept to his “sport” and closed his mind even more to Biblical teachings to become today the self-proclaimed god of Atheism disciple he is as an adult while I kept my mind open and even though I made some poor choices along the way, I knew from my childhood Biblical teachings that God existed and that He was there for me during the low times giving me strength to get through my poor choices to become the person I am today writing a series of articles to show how delusional Richard Dawkins is in his saying that God does not exist.
The observations made throughout our lifetimes have also made vast differences between Richard Dawkins and me. Richard Dawkins we know through his writings that he sees and longs to focus on the darker side of things and that he takes out of context the facts within the Bible so to distort them into what he wants them to say in his quest for his own supremacy over his prey while I stick to the facts, seek the light and give all the glory to God. These stark contrasts in religious participation, experiences and observations throughout our lives developed two very different outcomes; Richard Dawkins and his claims that there is no God preying on those who will worship him and me knowing that God exists and spreading the good news for all who will hear will open their minds and do an honest seeking of the t
ruth for themselves. (Romans 10:16)
Richard Dawkins knows that he can use one’s own personal religious participation, experiences and observations to persuade his prey to believe in him because his prey is often someone who has encountered the bogus religious practices, the sinfulness of mankind, the charisma of a godless proclaimed Christian leader, or a Christian leader which has fallen to which Richard Dawkins proclaims proves beyond a doubt that God does not exist. Richard Dawkins knows that his prey merely takes him at his word and fails to use their own wisdom to research God’s existence beyond Dawkins’ word. Richard Dawkins knows his prey progressively selects to do what satisfies their laziness in not doing any of their own research to know the truth and that his prey will make him their supreme voice of truth thus duped that they in reading his word are enlightened in truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Richard Dawkins also knows although he will not admit it, that God exists regardless of anyone’s past or present religious experience.
Trials and Tribulations versus God
Everyone has to go through trials and tribulations here on earth and all people experience at some point in their life trials and tribulations that will be of a religious nature. A shame is that many of people per a past or current negative religious experience go through their trials and tribulations giving up their own character instead of growing it, disregarding their freedom instead of using it, not using their own voice to call out fallacies and so fall prey to likes of Richard Dawkins whilst cursing God instead of calling on God to provide them strength to persevere. (Jeremiah 17-5)
Trials and tribulations that we all experience build up or tear down our character dependent upon how we handle them. Without trials and tribulations, no one would grow stronger in one’s character. If everything was always going our way, there would be no challenges and problems of any kind for us to figure out and solve, nothing for us to discover, nothing for us to overcome and go beyond, and nothing to build our characters stronger than it was before the trials and tribulations came upon us. With no trials and tribulations we could not cope with life on earth because mankind needs these to survive. No matter how large or small, all trials and tribulations we experience in our life are needed to help us go beyond our selfish self and to reach out to others in love and can help us find God. (Matthew 7:14) Christians are promised trials and tribulations while here on earth. (James 1:2-16) Christians are taught to have faith that God will always give us what we need and that He will give us strength to persevere through the trials and tribulations before us to endure. (Romans 5:1-5)
Richard Dawkins knows that he can use people’s trials and tribulations to persuade his prey into believing in his word and have them follow him through his erroneously illuminating his prey that if there really was a God that we would not have trials and tribulations to endure. What Richard Dawkins is unlikely to admit is that he knows God exists regardless of anyone’s trials and tribulations and in fact that God wants us to call upon Him for strength and endurance to get through the trials and tribulations and thus bolster our character through them and build our faith in God.
Richard Dawkins’ Delusion (Part 1) Summary
In this first article of the series “Richard Dawkins and those who believe in him are truly, DELUSIONAL”, I have disclosed to you that I follow Christ Jesus, I am not perfect and that God as described in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible is the only true God that exists beyond any and all boundaries manmade or otherwise. You know from this article that followers of Christ Jesus hold that the Holy Bible is the word of God and that the word of God is absolute truth. I have also unveiled to you that all other beliefs, gods and religions (including Atheism) are purely manmade fictional nonsense.
I pointed out to you in this article that Richard Dawkins evangelism of Atheism is his sole purpose for his deluded book. I also pointed out how many atheists follow the religion of Atheism will not even read anything that goes against their faith in Atheism’s teachings. These atheists are so afraid to read something that goes against their believes that they close their minds, placing themselves into a little box of which they are scared to get out. By contrast I also in this article revealed to you that followers of Christ Jesus are actually taught to test and examine ourselves to see if we are actually in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) This teaching is why I and all true followers of Christ Jesus read deluded books like Richard Dawkins’ and other books on the religion of Atheism. Unlike the atheists who are afraid to openly and honestly read something other than what their religion of Atheism teaches, true followers of Christ Jesus actually grow stronger in their faith in God by testing the truth of secular writings like those of Richard Dawkins.
Within this article I pointed out how Richard Dawkins makes prey of people who believe him by using his advanced degrees, inelegant writing and droll remarks all the while using illogical pretenses and flat out deceptions with delusional thinking to persuade people into thinking that his “enlightened” supremacy and deluded assertions is the truth and that he has “enlightened” them with his knowledge. Richard Dawkins, believes that his prey is not smart enough and is devoted to him enough to not really seek out the absolute truth in the word of God.
This article also showed you how Richard Dawkins uses his prey’s sinful nature to lure them deeper into believing in him by him telling them what they want to hear. Through his confusing bogus religious beliefs, mankind’s sinful nature, godless religious leaders, fallen Christian leaders, one’s own negative religious experiences, and trials and tribulations, Richard Dawkins tells his prey that they do not have to believe in God and that they can do what they please for without the existence of God, they are lead to believe that they are god over their own life.
I have encouraged you to test your faith in Atheism and to seek the absolute truth for yourself and to not just take Richard Dawkins nor for that matter my word for the existence of God. I have given you in this article numerous passages to which you can establish your quest of knowledge of the absolute truth. It is your choice to make. It is only your choice to make on the acceptance of God or not; this is the only choice that really matters in your life whether or not you think it matters.
I’ve encouraged you to not fall prey to the likes of Richard Dawkins whether you continue to read this book or not. Do your own honest research into God’s existence and to not just take anyone’s word for it but to seek the light of absolute truth for yourself. (John 1:5) I know that many of you will not heed my encouragement. I respect your decision either way although I may not agree with the choice you make. The day will come that your choice will really matter and I want your day to come with you properly prepared for eternal life. (Romans 6:23)
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Key Word List for this Article
All definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
1: the act of deluding: the state of being deluded
2 a: something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated b: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also: the abnormal state marked by such beliefs
1: devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises
2: expressing devotion or piety <a devout attitude>
3 a: devoted to a pursuit, belief, or mode of behavior: serious, earnest <a devout baseball fan> <born a devout coward — G. B. Shaw> b: warmly sincere <a devout wish for peace>
1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
2: something believed ; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group
3: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence
1 a: the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion> b (1): the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2): commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3: archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
4: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
1: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity <a religious person> <religious attitudes>
2: of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances <joined a religious order>
3 a: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful
1 a: allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions
2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust
3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
 James Warren "Jim" Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was the American founder of the Peoples Temple, which became synonymous with mass suicide after the November 18, 1978 death of over 900 people from cyanide poisoning in their isolated agricultural intentional community called Jonestown, along with the death of 9 other people at a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones