I would like to explore the implications of my own belief that reality is not exclusively objective and that the spiritual can be largely identified with the subjective aspect of reality. First remember that my working definition of these is that the objective refers to that which is the same for everyone, while the subjective is not the same for everyone. The mathematical laws of nature are the essence of the objective aspect to reality for they force things upon everyone regardless of what they may want or believe, while the subjective is highly responsive to what we want and believe. The identification of the objective aspect of reality with the physical and the subjective aspect of reality with the spiritual means that while physical reality understood by the methodology of science is the same for everyone, the spiritual is more about our choices and desires.
The implication with regards to the topic is that all these gods may be quite real to those who believe in them while having no reality at all to such as myself who do not believe in them. It also means that the line between demons and delusions according to my suggestion in other threads is also not so much. A common objection by Christians is that God being the creator of the universe must be an objective reality. My reply is that the “objective reality” of the Christian God is too vast for human comprehension and thus the only reality of our experience of the Christian God is highly effected by our own choices and desires. I simply do not believe that the common theist conception of God as some great dictating despot, will force Himself on nonbelievers in order to satisfy some self-righteous “I told you so” on the part of the theists. Far more likely that these nonbelievers will experience God according to their own choices and desires as some sort of logic and natural law.
However, I am not advocating some free-for-all that the spiritual equates to whatever people believe. I have also said many times that logical consistency is the difference between reality and dreams, so this also applies to spiritual reality, and for that reason, just because we believe something doesn’t make it real. This means that there is a kind of “natural law” when it comes to spiritual things as well, derived not from scientific evidence and measurements but from the application of logic to human choices and desires. This connects to my example of the difference between a pet rock, a plant, a pet, and a child – they do not have the same ability to respond to what we give them. There are realities involved in how our choices can actually bring happiness to us.
Thus however the gods of various religions may be real to the people who believe in them, this does not negate the judgments of other religions like Christianity that such gods are not real – meaning you don’t have to believe in them and they likely will not help you in the long run. And the same goes for demons (or delusions if you choose). However real your experience of them may be, it doesn’t mean your belief in them is actually helpful.