This thread is more of an observation I made and a question to those that practice religion more regularly then myself.
To preface, I am a non-practicing Catholic, though I do associate with a particular belief as I was raised in relation to it. I currently have many
acquaintances and (older) relations that are heavily involved with religion, not necessarily Catholicism.
This past weekend I was visiting some relations and to be polite I agreed to attend some church services as well as some dinner, I believe they are
some denomination of Christianity, perhaps United?.
I being relatively talkative, thought I would take advantage of the time to strike up some interesting and hopefully intellectual conversations with
respect to religion, which I did manage.
However, an underlying theme I noticed with this particular branch of Christianity was this (new?) concern about combating the influence of the
I had never known this particular religious denomination to emphasize the need to be aware and combat the forces of the “devil”, though the term
devil was no exactly expressed and the promoting of good seemed to be taking a side seat to this crusade.
I found this in stark contrast to other previous experiences I have had speaking with religious individuals.
My question is: Is this a relatively new shift in ideology, or has this always been the case?
I ask this because with respect to some of the conversations I had this past weekend, it seems like some people believe that specific individuals, or
groups of individuals on this planet are the spawn of evil and beyond repentance and must be “eliminated”. Eliminated is the only term I can use
to describe their attitude on the subject.
Can anyone give me a better picture?
edit on 26-11-2012 by MDDoxs because: (no reason given)