Christianity's 4th mind game?
The fourth mind game is an assault on ethical and moral integrity. By ethical and moral integrity, we mean that ability as well as propensity to understand the situations and dilemmas of others and act accordingly with compassion, understanding and concern, as well as in harmony with one's understanding of reality and one's self-knowledge as well. It sounds strange to hear such a claim made with regards to a people who, when casually seen from the outside, would appear to be full of love and concern, and posessed of a powerful ethical system. The reality, however, is that the believer often is encouraged to hate certain groups of people (usually a "morally suspect" group, such as abortion doctors, feminists, homosexuals, secular humanists, etc.) who represent some sort of threat, perceived or real, to the spread of the meme complex (Christianity) or the cohesiveness of the believers. The hatred is seldom expressed openly, except in the most conservative and extreme evangelicals, and a facade of loving tolerance is presented to non-believers to make them believe that the believer has achieved a state of accepting, loving tolerance to non-believers who may be a threat. Instead, a code-word system (a synergy with the verbicide mind game) is used. For example, "family values" is a code-word for homophobia, "loving the sinner but hating the sin" is a code word for the license to hate homosexuality and, by extension, homosexuals. The facade of sweet, loving calmness, is itself a lie. Inwardly, the believer is usually (though not always) full of raging doubts and concerns, frightened that he's instructed to hate and yet show love and tolerance, and is struggling to maintain the synergy of the first two mind games, i.e., the denial of the contrary evidence he sees all around him, and the warmness of the conversion experience. On top of this, he is struggling to maintain the fiction that all is calm and self-assurance. Hence the compromise of integrity. It's quite an acting job, to the outside world but even more to himself. Yet the "still waters" that this state is called, is considered essential. And it is - it's essential to hide the inner conflicts from being visible to believer where it might cause doubts to surface, and to the non-believer who is himself a prospective convert. The rare believers who do not harbor doubts and concerns, and are not troubled by the inconsistencies, have done so by highly developing their dissociation skills - i.e., have compartmentalized their thinking to the extent that obvious contradictions do not cause cognitive dissonance. There are many other examples to which I could refer as well, such as the rejection of scientific facts one knows to be true (Evolution), the denial of the conflicts of fact and doctrine that exist throughout the believer's belief system as they relate to his understanding of the world around him. How many people have unwittingly fell into the snare of this aspect of the meme known as Christianity? EDIT@One Brave Mouse. This topic is obviously beyond your comprehension. EDIT@Dogma. Nice try, but your are in error. That is a completely valid statement. Ever hear of the Westboro Baptist Church, ever hear of abortion doctors being shot at church, stalked, threatened, etc? Massive Fail by You. :) EDIT@Dontwo. Fail. You just shown your own ignorance of scriptures. Read the Old Testament and you will plainly see that God holds Wisdom to the highest degree. EDIT@Higgie. Nice apologetics but no. Morals evolve within a society. Even in the animal kingdom morals are present, the herd simply does not like chaos. Morals are not absolute, they evolve as said society evolves. Now, what is your take on the [entire] topic, not just the one part you thought you had a chance to defeat. EDIT@ Angel. You are an exception to the norm. And that is a good thing. :)
Asked By: jrrose - 8/12/2009
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Well, Certainly an interesting take on the situation. However, what if you can't prove that rule by the number of Christian's that truly exist. Could it be possible you are making a blanket statement... More
Answered By: Angel - 8/12/2009
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I agree with Borat.
Answered By: Dicken C - 8/12/2009
Excellent discussion of what must be true of practically all believers for religion to survive, in the face of ever-increasing evidence that their beliefs are nothing but pathetic (and dangerous) holdovers from the infancy of our species.
Answered By: hznfrst - 8/12/2009
First, how is that a "mind game" Second, Christians have done more in the line of compassion, understanding and concern, than all other groups put together Third, hasty generalization Fourth, the acts of a disciple (christians) are not the same as the doctrine.
Answered By: One Brave Mouse - 8/12/2009
If morals are relative, how do we determine who is "act[ing] accordingly... More
Answered By: Dear Dogma - 8/12/2009
"The fourth mind game is an assault on ethical and moral integrity. By ethical and moral integrity, we mean that ability as well as propensity to understand the situations and dilemmas of others and act accordingly with compassion, understanding and concern, as well as in harmony with ones understanding of reality and... More
Answered By: firstname.lastname@example.org - 8/12/2009
You my Friend have never read the part of the Bible that states, "Intellect is like foolishness unto God". You have all the "Verbage", but you don't understand that although the "Beleiver" is saved, the Beleiver is still human and is bound to make mistakes. So you like to sit in your own little tower and pass... More
Answered By: email@example.com - 8/12/2009
Aint nothing wrong with Christianity... More
Answered By: Jeremy N - 8/12/2009
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