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Old 10-17-2013, 05:33 AM
 
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There is something about religion that makes people lose their minds. I think the ingredient that does it is dread fear, fear of death, fear of God, fear of demons, fear of punishment. That's it. That is the common denominator in all of the twisted ways that religion plays out in real life circumstances. Religious delusions are often very dangerous.
Teenage Girl Crucified In France 'To Expel Demons'
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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I guess you missed the part where it said

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Four former members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, including the victim’s boyfriend, are accused of carrying out the week-long crucifixion of the Cameroonian teenager to expel ‘her demons’.

The church said it expelled the four accused members in 2010 and stressed that exorcism of this kind cannot be justified by any of its teachings, according to the International Business Times. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is a U.S.-based millennialist Protestant church with more than 17 million members worldwide, according to its website.
Reading is fundamental honey.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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I fear nothing for I am grounded in the Word.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:31 AM
 
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It is interesting that the girl was bound by those trying to help, instead of loosed by the power and love of God. I believe that's what Heartsong was getting at.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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There is something about religion that makes people lose their minds. I think the ingredient that does it is dread fear, fear of death, fear of God, fear of demons, fear of punishment. That's it. That is the common denominator in all of the twisted ways that religion plays out in real life circumstances. Religious delusions are often very dangerous.
Teenage Girl Crucified In France 'To Expel Demons'
I sometimes wonder if Rev. 13:7 -...It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them... applies to the official church/organized religion teaching of eternal torment. I can't think of a better way to demoralize believers. God is turned into a monster. I feared all of the above for decades. No wonder so many have fallen away and end up in institutions.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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the true trinity of religion:
Guilt
Fear
Shame

religion makes you feel:
Guilty of your current condition
Shame of your past
Fear of your future.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Personally, I think that constant search for something to believe in and rely on can drive a person crazy. The "mad scientist" and the fundamentalist aren't that different to me. They're both too absorbed and off balance imo.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Religion is best approached as a cultural value.

Fanatical ideas are not good.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Religion is best approached as a cultural value.

Fanatical ideas are not good.
The ones in history that were groundbreakers are the heroes of the faith, though. Abram was absolutely nuts to those around him - same for Noah. It seems it takes little to no faith to go along with the herd.

Try busting a covenant in two, and being called a devil - that would be Jesus, of course.

The problem of course is that those who break from the main stream and truly believe they are called, chosen, special, etc. can be whacky and not know it. The litmus test we have is fruits - are they abiding in the tenets of peace, love, and things that God has communicated as His nature.

Ancient Israel had those markers from David, Isaiah and others when Christ lived it out in front of them, but they were held under the influence of the Pharisees (the church of their day).
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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There are those who have delusions of grandeur, thinking or believing that they are on a divine mission.
It interferes with their ability to think clearly; not knowing the differences between reality and fantasy.

"Many believe and say things that are extremely bizarre in the name of God."
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