Dear [famous Christian Leader]; "Why do people get involved in cults? My cousin has gotten involved in one and he refuses to listen no matter what we say to him. He says we are the ones who are in the dark, and he alone in our family has found the truth."
Dear [footlicking inquisitor]; "One characteristic of cults is that they strongly believe they alone are right in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong. Thus they reject the central truths of the Bible that Christians have held in common for almost 2,000 years and substitute their own beliefs for the clear teaching of Scripture."The friend's comment was appropriate when he opined— "Hey, that definition makes the Christian Church itself sound like a cult. Oops, it is!"
And the observer replied—
"Yep, I think so, too. As no three church groups can agree on any "clear teaching of Scripture," that's why so many of them exist. I feel if you cannot recognize an out-in-the-open truth but must be 'taught a truth', you're already lost."Next was a damning indictment of Christianity by popular author John Grisham, who in his book, The Last Juror, had the lead character wondering how could Christians—
... all of whom claimed to follow the same basic tenets get themselves so divided? They agreed basically that (1) Jesus was the only son of God; (2) he was born of a virgin; (3) lived a perfect life; (4) was persecuted by the Jews, arrested and crucified by the Romans; (5) that he arose on the third day and later ascended into heaven; (6) and some believed - though there were many variations - that one must follow Jesus in baptism and faith to make it to heaven. The doctrine was fairly straightforward, but the devil was the details. (sic)Of course the easy answer to Grisham’s question is simple: that Christianity itself shouldn't be divided but as cohesive as God is. And since it isn't, then there must be something very wrong with it, and in fact, with all split religions.
More evident is that Grisham's book mentions devils as being the details of Christianity. An innocent enough remark perhaps, maybe even a typo, but that phrase as printed, reminds one that early man traditionally saw God as being in the details ... so something has to be desperately amiss with religious traditions whose details are seen by an outsider as devils.
The whole subject further evidences that any gathering of Christians anywhere was simply not of God, or of a group seeking God, but that any so gathered are earnest fools trying to one-up each other for God-points.
When the observer ultimately escaped the religion of Christianity, he saw himself departing a great puke-green slime-pit overlain by an ornate white-washed palace governed by incomprehensible rules-for-following-regulations, administered by smarmy inept idiots armed with the centrist stance that everyone was cultist but themselves.
Since cult leaders all expect their charges to act 'do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do’ lifestyles, parishioners constantly suffer church leaders who sex little boys, cuckold fellow dilettantes and embezzle funds in the name-of-God, as opposed to any of them displaying partnership with God instead.
So let’s face up to it -- if Christian churches weren't each a cult unto themselves then we would still have one people under one God. Instead we have people who love us-versus-them lifestyles, such as:
- Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam &c.
- Pagan-like beliefs; expectation of magical fixes (Mystic arts, Wicca, Wizardry &c.)
- Freemasonry (Illuminati &c.)
- Scientology; White Power; Black Power; the KKK; NAZI-ism &c.
- 'King-of-the-hill' Politics.
- Civil clubs; Military clubs; Medical clubs; Scouting; especially anything in Hollywood &c.
- Or whatever gives people snarky ‘I'm-better-than-others-because…’ attitudes, which includes most religious and social clubs.
There are some good and proper organizations whose members quietly get good work done and live regular lives while most selfishly live their identity through them.They, in their own minds at least, would cease to exist without the club establishing them being important among peers, or "more equal then others."
By example, a pastor publicly questioned why people came to church. So the observer quipped; "Because most can't get into a good country-club?" The pastor liked that response, but when no one chuckled, he looked around to see steam shoot from the ears of a board member, one who, from feeling that the congregation should be worshiping him, pariah'd the observer from then on.
And when at another venue, the observer was wrongly accused of calling a certain religious gathering a cult, he replied to the accuser, an ersatz pastor, by saying, "No, I'd said that all churches are cults."
That ended all further falderal.