Thus, when the individual questions the Churches and their spokesmen, to whom is entrusted the cure of souls, he is informed that to belong to a church – a decidedly worldly institution – is more or less de riguer; that the facts of faith which have become questionable for him were concrete historical events; that certain ritual actions produce miraculous effects; and that the sufferings of Christ have vicariously saved him from sin and its consequences (i. e., eternal damnations). If, with the limited means at his disposal, he begins to reflect on these things, he will have to confess that he does not understand them at all and that only and that only two possibilities remain open to him: either to believe implicitly, or to reject such statements because they are flatly incomprehensible.
- Pg. 36, The Undiscovered Self – C.G. Jung, 9-780691-150512