a reply to: enlightenedservant
The other problem is this and it has been brewing for a long while, starting in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The number of people who want
to associate with any church is steadily going down. And ultimately, it is the hypocrisy that is often shown, that disgusts people, combined with the
different scandals of the different denominations is what is causing this decline and downfall.
This started with the raise of the cults, and the first major blow was Jonestown. Then there was the Moonies, where it came out about how Rev. Moon
was living, and that was the start of the down fall. Then there were the murders of doctors by those who disagreed with them, using religion as an
excuse. After that, then came the scandals with the churches, first it was the molestation of children by priests, then the fall of the more
evangelical people for cheating the churches that they were representing or lying to their flocks about things. People see how the pastors are, and
how they live.
Now one comes to the more modern day, and some of the more radical versions of the church’s seek to discriminate against one group of people. And
it is getting personal, affecting many people in the country. People are becoming more and more shocked and reviled, that the message of forgiveness
and love, is being corrupted, if not degraded to where it is more and more that of hate and revulsion, where religion is being used as justification
to discriminate and persecute. This was more obvious when we saw the groups like WBC come forth and started protesting and winning law suits. Then
you have more prominent persons, like the Duggar’s, whose very scandal shocked everyone to the point of revulsion, or the woman on switching
spouses, who was so devout, that she pretty much made the country shake its head and laugh at her antics. These are not flattering but damming.
While not all denominations are the same, the reality is that many fail to see that people are not so stupid and do read, and read a lot. They are
starting to see the fallacies of what many preachers are doing and it is sickening. A person who I met many years ago best stated it like this:
Every time there is a scandal, every time one of these denominations use the bible as a weapon, every time they promote hate, ultimately they do more
damage to all of the rest.
Currently the world is looking at the current Pope, for different reasons. But what is making news and what is getting peoples attention is what the
pope is doing that is taking the world by shock, where he is starting to make changes and change the direction of the Catholic church, to be more
inclusive and to cease its dogmatic clinging and interpretation, and forcing the Holy See to look within at its actions. The fact that he issued an
apology towards native peoples for the actions of the prior church, shows that it is slow but changing its course, along with the removal of bishops
and cardinals that are so hateful, shows some hope.