[quote] Authoritarian religion, much like a family, desires to sustain a sense of equilibrium (or homeostasis) within its system. Frequently, however, balancing the system involves silencing the voices of members. As we have seen, the parental church demands loyalty, uniformity of belief, and submissiveness from its members. This pressure often clashes with the needs of … Continue reading Self-righteous Religion
Luke 12:33-34 Common English Bible (CEB) 33 Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. 34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too. Pastor: “It’s ok to … Continue reading Sell your possessions and give to those in need.
Moral licensing: ”’The halo that our “good” actions cast makes us completely delusional about the real impact of our choices.”’ Makes. Us. Completely. Delusional. It’s how rich “Christians” can still feel good about themselves while they do next-to-nothing to alleviate the suffering all around them. (Too busy chasing that luxurious upper-middle-class lifestyle they think they … Continue reading Moral licensing: ”’The halo that our “good” actions cast makes us completely delusional about the real impact of our choices.”’
Gratitude is not love. I hear many sermons telling “Christians” that they should be doing good works because that’s what Christians are supposed to do. Often accompanied by talk of how much God has sacrificed to save them, so they should worship (serve) him out of gratitude. That’s like telling someone who (supposedly) loves chocolate, … Continue reading Gratitude ≠ love