And the clergy the hymns, and the prayers reinforce this message. Take away self esteem and then manipulate the congregation. Sad.
I certainly hope time travel is possible. I'd like a word with the a$$ who came up with this stuff. It's caused more grief, delay, dysfunction and death than anyone could have imagined. I'm certain it seemed relatively harmless at the time. I can't help but wonder if they'd have gone through with it knowing it would have such far reaching effect.
Maybe someone can point me to an existing A/N thread for speculation regarding reasons as to how this came to be.
He sure does, Pat, He sure does! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Pass that bottle, too.
We should be careful about generalizing to "all religions".
From the neopagan text, the Charge to the Goddess:
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
Religion: Causing the problems it pretends to solve since 14,000 YBP. ;)
I need that bumper sticker.
More like the gift that keeps on TAKING.
Don't forget "parental" and "infantilizing." A very obvious but seldom mentioned theme in religion is childishness. Christians are urged to be like little children. The Torah repeatedly refers to the "children" of Israel. God is our heavenly father. It all reinforces the ideas of helplessness and dependency.
And don't forget addressing priests as "Father". That has always sounded so creepy to me!
Oh, but Father knows best, remember? And he knows SO MUCH MORE about the bible and the will of their deity than the poor old average Joe does ... and that's JUST the way they like it.