Religions that impose compulsions not to interfere with an insect from an apiary … you must bee leave! … are actually going to get you stung. How ridiculous that ‘must believe’ statement is. When you hear something, it either makes sense and you believe it or it doesn’t and you don’t. If the latter, rationale to back it up might then or later convince you that it is true, and only then will you become a believer.
No amount of compulsion or threats will do the job, however. You may bleat, ‘OK, OK, I believe,’ or even, with assumed rapture, ‘I believe, I do, I do!’ but unless you have an inner conviction that it is the truth, any number of such utterances are not worth making sound waves for. Thus, ignore any preacher who rants that one must believe, without giving sound (or visual 🙂 ) reasons for such belief or explaining that when you receive the news he has to impart an inner conviction should grip you.
The worst and most criminal form of this is ‘You must believe or else!’ How can forced belief ever be anything but a sham? Belief and faith are synonymous. If you have faith then you believe. If you profess to a faith and you don’t believe, then your whole spiritual life is a travesty. It is literally beyond belief.
So, if anyone insists you must believe, invite them to believe, impolitely and leaving off the ‘be-’.