Their is a useful cause and effect of being born again into an established religion. Now forgive me if I sound like I am singling out any given branch or major flavor of same for the usual agnostic disdain. What I am suggesting, based upon some recent events with current practitioners and now, unfortunately, former friends of my own is this. The ability to conveniently rope off whole section of one’s life experience as being dangerous to their soul seems a bit counterproductive to that mystical sense of connection that these belief systems seem to promote. That seeming, “your either with us or ‘agin’ us”, style of surmise is definitely a minimizer so far as any workable proselytization in favor of ‘the good news’ of bringing others into ‘our’ fold. The method of choosing afforded the prospective parishioner somewhat curious yet not too much different than the canon of historical choices afforded by the major branches. These have included, “convert or we charge you a annual tax“, “convert or we lend you money and take over your land and children“, and the always popular, “convert or we run your city streets red with rivers of your blood!” Please note that all of these aforementioned alternatives to the soul saving management process all have a direct tie in to the overall politics and governance of humanity at large that the smaller less populous sects could only dream of. So it seems that these congregational ‘pee wees’ must make the best of those equally ever popular events, the ‘second coming’ and a ‘rapturous’ departure sans one’s duds, to whip up a small but faithful constituency. Whoops, sorry, not making fun but just making a point.
You can’t fault groups of people for trashing theTV’s and circling the wagons considering how toxic and satanically diabolical the atheistic mass media has become. I think that life kinda stinks if you don’t have some solid set of affirmative beliefs to carry one through! And though I am sure that none of them admit to playing too much Nintendo, I would also suspect that their world view of the rest of humanity beyond their tightly focused beliefs would seem like participation in an endless “Resident Evil” games marathon. I have to admit no little amount of envy on my own part in terms of having secure membership that allows me clear focus in terms of an absolute right and wrong. And forgive me if in viewing nature and the apparent unintelligible enigma of the surrounding mantle of the universe, that I cannot help but, at best, see an ever shifting sense of orderly chaos. But then in terms of the same argument, there is the vastness and the boundless capacity of my own ego to consider. How could it seem to be any other way?
What is very apparent in our current an ever repeating sense of ceaseless crisis that we as a simple subset of all species both large and small unconsciously conform to. Our general sense of existence as a singular organism being made up of smaller components of same which are collectively locked together holding hands in an eternal cycle. Condemned, it seems, to walk in the boot shaped troughs of an ancient lineage of earlier relatives who have preceded us uninterrupted far back into the foggy mists of time. Maybe that insight gives me a leg up on another branch of very old practitioners, who if nothing else in their beliefs, take the longest view?