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July 5, 2017

Christian Think Tank Opposes Scripture?

The Guardian (U.K.) had a piece on an alarming (to them?) new trend in Christian goings on (‘Spiritual abuse’: Christian think tank warns of sharp rise in UK exorcisms). In that article they stated:

“Exorcisms are a booming industry in the UK, partly driven by immigrant communities and Pentecostal churches, according to a report from a Christian think tank, Theos.

“However, the vast majority of people being exorcised have mental health problems that require psychiatric assistance, says the report, published on Wednesday by Theos.

The report calls for an analysis of “the burgeoning exorcism scene in the UK in the light of concerns over how it is being used and its possible negative consequences”.

“It says the “astonishing increase in demand” has arisen “in defiance of any actual rules or procedures put in place by any church”. In 2012, the Church of England reissued guidelines on “good practice in the deliverance ministry”.

“The Theos report – Christianity and mental health: theology, activities, potential(PDF) – does not reject the possibility of demonic possession. It says: “Certainly there is a biblical warrant for the dangers of demonic forces, and Jesus’ great commission to the disciples includes the explicit command to ‘cast out demons’. However, there is also need for serious caution.”

“One danger was “Christian over-spiritualising” – a “tendency to ascribe anything and everything to spiritual causes when other medical ones may exist”. Another was a possible overlap between “demonic possession” and mental health issues.

“One chaplain who described themselves as a “Bible-believing evangelical” told Ben Ryan, the report’s author, that “in all their experience with a mental health trust they had ‘never seen anything I would say that looked like demonic possession, but I’ve seen plenty of people who have been told that’s what they’re experiencing by other Christians’.”

“The report says: “One of the frustrations of medical professionals with Christians comes from accounts and anecdotes of people with medical health issues going off their medication because they’ve been told that prayer is enough, and relapsing as a result.

“This is a classic example of well-meaning initiative with the potential for serious harm. It runs the risk of becoming a sort of spiritual abuse – which can be understood as psychological abuse inflicted upon the victim by members of their own religious group.”

As much as the article’s author’s words speak for themselves, we have an interesting clash here. “Real Christians,” who understand the Bible and act accordingly, should acknowledge only two sources of disease: sin and demon possession. There are no other sources of disease mentioned in the New Testament. Consequently, Real Christians shouldn’t be going to medical doctors and psychologists to treat their physical and mental diseases, they should be going to church to get proper treatment. But the author of the article claims that “the Church” hasn’t established proper protocols for demon outings and whatnot, so what’s a fellow to do?

As a side note I think we should just stop acknowledging all these different varieties of Christians: Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, Pentacostals, whatever, I say they are all Christians and should be painted with the same brush. By dividing themselves up based upon miniscule differences, each of these “denominations” claims innocence whenever Christians get caught acting badly. “That’s not us, that’s them other people. They aren’t ‘True Christians,’ like us.” Bollocks. I say a Christian is a Christian and when one errs, they all need to be called to account.

Now about these Christians claiming people should be going to medical doctors and psychologists … really! What is to be done with them? And to be alarmed by proper Christian behavior, what is up with that?

 

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June 7, 2016

Cue the Music!

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 12:09 pm
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It is a common trope in action-adventure movies: the hero is infected with a horrible disease (given a poison, had an organ removed, etc.) and the only way to save his/her life is to do the deeds required of him/her. Then, and only then, will the cure, antidote, whatever will be provided.

We feel viscerally the unfairness of this dilemma. We put ourselves in the hero’s place and despair with him/her. We detest the villain responsible for this despicable behavior. And yet, most Americans subscribe to a religion that does exactly this thing.

According to followers of the Christian faith, every one of us is born “sinful.” Though, as a newborn, we had yet to take any actions, we were guilty of “sin.” (A genetic disease?)

Sin: an offense against religious or moral law, a transgression of the law of God

The punishment, if we do not do as they say, is to suffer inordinate agony in the form of eternal torture for all time.

So, they create the disease, sin, and infect you with it without your permission (original sin), and then threaten you with immense harm if you do not do as they say.

There is no excuse for being young or “not knowing the law,” the court is out and you cannot appeal.

How is it that these people are given honor in our society, that they are assumed to be doers of good, that they are not required to pay taxes because of their charitable nature?

And, please, those of you who wish to excuse themselves by saying that “not all Christians believe in this scheme” you are just admitting you are not a true Christian. What is being a Christian other than an attempt to be “saved”? Saved from what?

Why are we sucking up to the villain?

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