I always knew churches were similar in many ways, they all were looking for new members, they all had certain beliefs they practiced, they all say they help the community, they all depended on donations etc. But I never thought about really comparing some of the different churches and most importantly their practices until I started making friends who were very outspoken about being ex-members of various churches. This intrigued me as I to had recently "broken up" with my church and ended the relationship after 20 years.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Religion is a belief system, Church is a MAN made organization, that can and usually does go corrupt. Despite popular belief, they are not one in the same. We do not need a building (a church) to worship or practice our faith. This blog is Not a place where we will talk much about religious philosophy, (God knows there’s enough of that going on) but rather the controlling, manipulating practices used within churches to keep their flock in line.
There are some chilling similarities between MANY Churches that I’d like to talk about with anyone interested. We will talk about things like:
Ex-communication / Being labeled by your church – why would any church put labels on people – aren’t churches supposed to be non-judgemental and open to anyone?
Shunning / Disconnection – how are people brought to the point of shunning their own children, parents, siblings & friends and why is that even neccessary in the first place?
Tithing / Donations – why do we give our money blindly without evidence of where it has been spent in the past?
Why alot of churches practically have their own “language” to learn
Thought reform and manipulation – why do we so easily believe everything the church says?
Why are members afraid to DOUBT or question things? Doubting and questioning is healthy, it’s using your Critical Thinking SKills!
Why are so many families being broken apart (shunning) – isn’t Church supposed to help bring families and friends together?
Is there a bigger picture that we need to be looking at? My hope is that this blog will be a “not so serious” place where current members and Exes from any and all churches join in, agree or disagree or just agree to disagree on the topics. I invite you to join in, speak your mind, but most of all Think for Yourself!