A religious group causing psychological disorders. That’s not what religion is about, it is happe...
A religious group causing psychological disorders. That's not what religion is about, it is happening because some people have taken religion to the extreme and put their own stamp on it and that is not what religion should be. It sounds like some people need more than counciling to be able to move on. People are left traumatised and that is a tragedy when people try to move on in their lives. No religion would make me turn my back on family members so it makes you wonder how brainwashed JW members are when they are willing to turn their backs, to me that is against what God wants for all of us, they go out into the community and try to brainwash us all and in some people they must succeed and people need to be on guard, especially the vulnerable.
Yes, what you say is true. You have written a good post. I just want to clarify some things. I hope you don't mind.
Being religious is not viewed as being a good thing among Christians. For the most part, all religions are manmade and not of God. Most of them are false and lead people away from God. Yes, I know Christianity is also referred to as a religion, but it is clear that what God wants from us is not to be religious, but to know Him. True Christianity is about a relationship with God. It is not about trying to be religious. Remember Jesus criticized the religious leaders of His day. The religious leaders of His day were so religious that they did not even recognize who He was. They did not know Him. He was the Messiah they were waiting for. He is God. They were against Him and totally missed the real truth. Being religious will not save anybody. Being religious is about keeping rules of men.
I know you are a fairly new convert and are probably not aware of how Christians view the term. Instead of saying that you are trying to be more "religious", you may want to change your term to "spiritual" which would be more acceptable in Christian circles. Or, you could just say that you want to get closer to God, or that you are trying to get to know God more.
Instead of praying for your mother to become religious, you may want to pray that she comes to know Christ, or comes to the truth of Christ, or comes to faith in Christ, or becomes born again, or becomes saved etc..
By saying that you want your mother to become religious, you are really saying that you want her to follow the rules of a religion. This is not really what you want. You want her to become saved and be in a relationship with Christ. You want her to become born again. Yes, some Christian denominations are very religious, but this is not considered a good thing. They are all about following manmade rules instead of seeking to know God.
This is why when Christians speak of their different organizations they call them different denominations in Christianity. Instead of asking each other "what religion are you" they ask "what denomination are you".
Notice the JWs refer to their organization as a religion and properly so. It is not a denomination in the Christian religion. It is a Christian cult. They use Christian terms to try to disguise themselves as being real Christians, but that is only to deceive. JW is a manmade religion using Christian terms and their own twisted Bible version.
Yes, occasionally you will hear Christians use the term "religion" for these things, but they are usually not educated in the subject or new to the faith.
I hope you don't mind my telling you this, but you use the term so much I thought you may want to know. I thought of sending you a private PM, but I thought others may want the information too.
Anyway, no one is holding it against you for not knowing, especially being new.
I will post some other information with links to give you a better understanding about what I am trying to say.
Religion is believing in God, attending religious services, taking catechism, being baptized, and receiving communion. Religion is tradition, ritual, ceremony, and learning the difference between right and wrong. Religion is reading and memorizing Scripture, offering prayers, giving to the poor, and celebrating religious holy days. Religion is singing in the choir, helping the poor, and making amends for past wrongs.
Religion is something that was practiced by the Pharisees, those Scripture-loving, conservative, separatistic, spiritual leaders who hated Christ enough to call for His death. They hated Him not only because He broke their traditions in order to help people (Matthew 15:1-9 ) but because He saw through their religion to their hearts. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
Jesus likened the religious Pharisees to a group of dishwashers who clean the outside of a cup while leaving the inside dirty.
He said, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?" (Luke 11:39-40). Jesus knew that a person can change his image without changing his act ( Matthew 23:1-3).
He knew that religious credentials and ceremony cannot change the heart. He told one of the most religious men of His day that unless a person is "born again" by the Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).
Yet from that day until now, many of the most religious people in the world continue to forget that while religion can give attention to outward appearance, only Christ can change the heart. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
Jesus spoke to religionists who had a passion for detail when He said, "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone" ( Luke 11:42).
Jesus saw our tendency to make rules and to focus on "morally correct" behavior instead of keeping our eyes on the bigger issue of why we are trying to be so right. While the Pharisees were big on knowledge carried out to its logical conclusions, they forgot that God doesn't care how much we know until He knows how much we care.
It was this greater "why" that the apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. . . . If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing" ( 1 Corinthians 13:1,3). http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
Religion offers the approval of men rather than God
Jesus reserved His strongest criticism for religious people who used their spiritual reputation to get social attention and honors.
To such religionists Jesus said, "Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces" ( Luke 11:43).
Then, speaking to His disciples, He said of the Pharisees, "All their works they do to be seen by men" ( Matthew 23:5).
Jesus saw clearly into the practice of religion, which holds the opinions and attention of man to be more important and desirable than the approval of God. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them" ( Luke 11:44).
What looks better than being dressed right, attending religious services, and doing things that mark us as decent, God-fearing people? Yet how many religious scholars, ministers, and faithful followers withhold honor and encouragement from their wives, attention from their children, and love from their doctrinal enemies?
Jesus knew what we often forget: What looks good may have a heart of evil. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
Because religion cannot change a heart, it tries to control people with laws and expectations that are not even kept by the religionists who interpret and apply the rules.
With this "burden factor" in mind, Jesus said, "Woe to you also, lawyers [experts in religious law]! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers" (Luke 11:46).
Religion is good at describing high standards of right behavior and relationships, but poor at giving real and merciful help to those who realize they have not lived up to those expectations. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
It's been jokingly said, "I love humanity. It's people I can't stand." The Pharisees acted out a similar idea, but it wasn't funny.
According to Jesus, the Pharisees prided themselves in honoring and building memorials to the prophets. The irony is that when they met a real prophet they wanted to kill Him. Barclay says, "The only prophets they admired were dead prophets; when they met a living one, they tried to kill Him. They honored the dead prophets with tombs and memorials, but they dishonored the living ones with persecution and death."
This is the point Jesus made in Luke 11:47-51 and in a parallel passage in Matthew 23:29-32.
The Pharisees had fooled themselves. They didn't think of themselves as prophet-killers. Religionists don't see themselves as the God-rejecting people they are. http://www.1stap.com/en/html/religion_versus_jesus_christ.html
The Church and Its Leaders
3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
OK, so the neurotic AMA medical system is yet again full of bullsht.
Recall, first they said butter and saturated fats were bad, then they reversed their position.
Then, for a while there, eggs were bad for you, but now they're good.
Then, cholesterol was bad, but now we know its not.
The latest in all this misleading information from these people is, they've been saying salt is bad for a long time. It turns out now that this was also a bunch of bullsht. I wouldn't trust a word the medical people say - greed has made liars of nearly all of them