So I’ve Been Spiritually Abused, What Next? – What Healthy Belief in God is Not

So I’ve Been Spiritually Abused, What Next? – What Healthy Belief in God is Not May 14, 2014

From Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome’s Facebook page

Here are five quick and easy ways to determine if what you’re hearing really has anything to do with God:

  • If it produces fear, it doesn’t.
  • If it is self-diminishing, it doesn’t. If it motivates hate, it doesn’t.
  • If it produces shame, it doesn’t.
  • If it robs you of freedom, it doesn’t.

Any belief in God cannot be true if it promotes…

  • a disparaging view of myself,
  • a disparaging view of others,
  • separation between human beings,
  • fear,
  • shame,
  • hatred,
  • pride,
  • conditions to love,
  • conditions to grace,
  • injustice,
  • conformity,
  • oppression,
  • repression,
  • inauthenticity,
  • judging others,
  • indifference,
  • prejudice,
  • racism,
  • sexism,
  • unnecessary restraint

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  • Allison the Great

    We need to spread this message far and wide. I’m getting tired of people consider themselves Christians being everything that God isn’t.

  • Joyce

    Yes. And I’m tired of people who have made their main focus in life to take up an issue that has nothing to do with them. There are bigger issues in life than blocking marriage equality and access to safe abortion. Time to take a perspective check and move on. Also, being a liar was a really bad thing back in my Sunday school days. Don’t know when that changed.

  • SAO

    Blocking gay marriage is a really safe cause. It’s a way to fight sin and sinners without running much risk of having to change one’s ways or getting into conflict with people close to them, unlike, focusing on lying and liars; vanity, pride, charity or lack thereof, etc, etc.

    Sign a petition, march once a year, write a $5 check and you can rest easy, knowing that you stand firm against sin. If you, like most people, are heterosexual, you don’t even have to check your own eyes for planks before you discuss the mote in theirs.

    If homosexuality stops being a sin, where are these good Christians going to find such an easy sin to target?

  • gimpi1

    Apparently, there’s an aspect to some evangelical groups that condones lying if it serves to protect the church’s “witness” or further it’s agenda. Quite a few power-brokers in the conservative Christian movement have been caught in lies. In general, there’s not much concern, unless the lie was used to cover up “sexual sin.”

    It appears that the sin-list of some evangelical groups is centered around sex. Not greed, selfishness, lying, cruelty or anything else condemned in the Bible. Just sex.

  • Jewel

    Such a good list!