Inherent in religious belief is an acceptance of the supernatural. The concept of a Divine being is essentially supernatural. In all of its various forms, religion maintains that the world as a whole is not confined within what we may call “natural phenomena,” and that there is an existence that is, by definition, beyond nature. Furthermore, most – if not all – religions believe in prayer, at least in the sense that one can get help and relief in a way that seems to defy natural law.
But this sort of religious belief is not necessarily connected with belief in the paranormal, phenomena like ESP, or extra-natural events or beings. Certainly a person can have deep religious belief and still not give any credence to devils or ghosts, telepathy or clairvoyance. Belief in the paranormal – even among people of different levels of knowledge and ritual observance – is not intrinsically connected to religious belief.
Nevertheless, sometimes we humans forge false connections between things – even those of unwavering faith. In my view, to make the connection between the supernatural and the paranormal reflects a limited understanding of both.