Originally posted by Komodo
Originally posted by MDDoxs
I find this scary more then anything.
Scary in the sense that people believe homosexuality is the result of a odd demonic possessions and even more scary, people believe that these
individuals are "cured" by the pastor.
edit on 28-10-2012 by MDDoxs because: (no reason given)
didn't watch the video.. however..
what I find scary is the fact that people don't belive people can and are possessed by demons/evil spirits....even more scary is that the same
individuals think the catholics are the only ones that have the power to 'cast' these out..
if you've ever seen a real possession.. and have been involed in an exorsium...the truth will rivet you.
I'm sorry, I'm not going to beat around the bush here...
The idea of "demon possession" is based in Christian fantasy, probably adopted from the invasion of African cultures where other forms of religious
expression were deemed "evil" when witnessed by Christian crusaders. Just like almost everything else about Christianity, the religion soaked up the
regional spiritual symbols and ceremonies and converted them to their own faith. This happened all over the world.
In most cases of people being "possessed" there is mental instability, or drug use. Have you ever wondered why the religion is brought in so quickly
in instances of "possession"? It's because there is already a deeply religious influence in their lives.
It's not really so surprising that many of these people will have mental illness, because they are raised surrounded by people preaching to them, and
it would be extremely hard for someone to meet the extreme demands of the closed society they live in - this is, incidentally, why smaller communities
generally have a stronger belief in a cult than those in a large city. In a small town with a religious population, you have fewer escapes as a child,
you are not exposed to other faiths - or none - and indoctrination is almost too easy.
Think "Children of the Corn".
In the case of someone being gay, isn't it likely that they would have some mental issues if they've been raised with religious fanatics all around
them? Which is the easiest path to take, admitting you're different than everyone else and being destroyed or evicted from your community, or falling
on the good old defence of "possession"?
It fanaticism and self-belief, that's all. You can convince people of anything in the right setting. The same happens on Ghost hunting shows, with
people immediately blaming a "feeling" on a spirit, when it could actually be any one of a thousand environmental or internal physical factors.
That's the power of belief and self delusion.
I do believe in spirits, because I have my own experiences to back that up. I know that there are things we cannot explain. But I do not accept that
possession exists, because it is based in a religiously fanatical arena, it's more easily explained by mental illness, and it's more plausible that
it is a result of religious extremism in conflict with the natural and logical mind.