Beliefs, learned and conditioned ideas and concepts can have an influence on the mind where freedom becomes limited. It is only in freedom that we can discover what is true, what is God, what God is not, not through belief or conditioned concepts. Even in embracing modern ways of scientific belief can limit our freedom if we are rigidly believing that science is the only way to realise truth. This is because what we are conditioned to believe and what we believe to be true projects what you think should be true.
The conditioned self is a product of our belief and our conditioning so it is no more real than those beliefs and the conditioning that has formed it. What we are is not limited by belief or conditioned concept. The truth of what we are is rediscovered when we are free to go beyond all of that .