Religion for many can be a comfort. However, some people argue that religion is based on fear for the purpose of controlling people to a certain extent. While this is arguable, there are cases where religious fears have struck individuals. These fears can arise from either taking religious scriptures literally or arising doubts about their faith. The following phobias are not exclusive to a religion, they simply are seen mostly in religions.
This is the fear of God(s) and/or religion. The word comes from Greek origin. Theo meaning God, and phobia meaning fear. Someone with this fear would be in constant fear of doing something that is against their religion and having to face the fury of their God and its consequences.
Death is a huge part of most religions. Some people embrace the fact that they will one day die but humanity in general still isn’t comfortable with it. A religious person may fear for example that when they die they will not go to heaven (if they are Christian). Others fear that act of dying or the thought of what may come after death.
All the Abrahamic religions plus others have scriptures that tell them of a doomsday or judgment day as you may have heard. Many religious people nowadays state that the end of the world is coming very soon. They state they are seeing all of the warnings their scriptures told them of.
The fear of the number 13 has its own name-triskaidekaphobia. There is more than one religion that believes the number to unlucky, the most famous example being Christians. Christians believe Judas was the 13th disciple to sit down at the table of the last supper before Jesus was crucified. There is also a common fear of the number 666 as it is supposedly the number of the devil.
The fear of demons can even be found in individuals who aren’t particularly religious. If someone has this phobia it is likely they believe they have had an experience or been told convincing stories about an experience with demons. Some people fear that a demon will possess them and they will not be able to stop it.
If you experience a phobia related to religion in any way it can make the process of curing your phobia a little harder as religion doesn’t always have a clear answer. Your best bet would be to speak to a religious leader to help you through any doubts or fears you may have concerning your religion. The second thing you should do is go to a professional that can help you rationalise your fears.