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Originally posted by Cyberfenix
And does this mean that all these people have been instructed over the years by the very ill priest/pastor has been tainted? I really don't mean to pick on Christians, it's just that every time I walk into a church it seems as though they are all running on the same program, in that their ability to question has been stripped from them. So how does the answer come about? That people are lying about feeling god? Or that god will work his power through a sexually sick person. And please, let us not argue whether this happens or not. They are getting done all the time for messing with kids. If you can't be safe in the house of the lord, where can you be safe? And if it is just a building, then why tell all to go there every Sunday? Or is Christianity some sort of strange conspiracy to strip the masses of their ability to question what is happening around them?
...have the people that fall at the touch of the priest had the power of god moved through a sick individual, or have those persons wanted to believe so much they have brought it on themselves?
So many people aren't even truthful with themselves (which is a prerequisite first and foremost for all of us) and so even though they more than likely have the best intentions (those very same type of intentions with which they say 'the road to hell is paved') they don't even realize they are not capable to helping another come to terms with their own perspectives--they have no view but inside looking out. Doesn't make it 'right' nor does it make it 'wrong.' But it is what it is--often called the 'human condition.'
Originally posted by cyberfenix
what scares me is that it is our human eyes that let us down sometimes, as well as our hearts. People sometimes will look to gifures of authority for guidance in this strange dance called life, and my only concern is that if a priest/pastor is aware that perhaps people are bringing themselves to collapse for the wrong reasons, then isn't it their job to bring a sense of real truth to the people that come to them for guidance?
I would hope the church would be such a place, and the spokes people for religions, however I personally don't see this. I guess what upsets me a little is that still nobody is able to answer the question without becoming defensive, when there is really no need to be defensive when it is only the truth that is being searched. As a human being I worry about other human beings that might be misled even if it is felt that a slight misleed is still good for them. Am I making any sense? I hope so. I guess the original questions weren't the easiest to answer, but that doesn't mean that by answering them society might gain a closer relationship with the truth.