The concept of religious fandom brought to mind an observation I'd made recently on some types of Christian apologism. Particularly with regard to Pascal's Wager, it seems that there is an undercurrent of choosing to be a follower of a given god because one thinks that god is going to 'win' and be in a positon to reward you.
This ties in to thoughts raised recently about the nature of Satan. Satan was an angel who rebelled and took with him a third of the angels (according to, mostly, tradition) and then set about opposing God in any way he could. And the way he did it was to give knowledge to mankind (as well as telling the truth about the fruit not killing you), which allowed them to become independent beings. He also tried to divert Jesus from his gruesome death.
And he did this, knowing from personal experience that God could not be defeated and in the end, only eternal punishment awaits him, for Hell was originally created to punish him in (humans are just an afterthought in that respect).
So why did he do it? God's propagandists say he's just evil and the source of all evil. But how could that be? Where could the evil have come from in the first place? And if he's evil, why not be self-centered and suck up to God?
It can only be a matter of principle for Satan to oppose God. Maybe God's dictatoral manner is the issue. Maybe something else. We couldn't know for sure, but Satan sat at the right hand of God. He knows him better than anyone, but rebelled anyway, knowing he would lose.
This is surely a better example of a principled moral stand against evil than a series of blood sacrifices.
Yet,then, why do believers still stand with God? Perhaps because they want to be on the side of the winner, regardless of the nature of the winner? They make the opposite decision that Satan made to save themselves.
Oh, I know nobody thinks about it like this. Probably once you get to choosing sides, there's no belief left. But if one takes it seriously and objectively, being on the Lord's Side is not the side of moral courage.