Revelation for Real

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A final WORD about Christianity and it's place in mental illness...

This will be my final article concerning Christianity. I won't address the topic again in any form of non-fiction. I may write fictional humorous pieces, because god deserves a good heaping of mockery.

With the recent knowledge that my niece has OCD, I began researching the mental disorder and its relationship with religion. I've been thrown by what I've been learning. 

I now believe that I also suffered from the condition during my childhood and early teens. At times, I had thoughts which were terrifying and crippling, eventually causing emotional scars.

As I've mentioned in a prior article, it was only until I began to explore other concepts that I was able to break free of a negative thought process, to finally obtain a sense of stability and balance.

SCRUPULOSITY

It's a discriptive term used in psychiatry for persons who have an obsessional focus on religious fears, such as the fear of divine retribution for sin. As I was reading such things, I realized that this was me for many years during my childhood.

Spiritual death, damnation or both was something I anticipated at the hands of 'Christ.' Even here on Booksie at this time, certain individuals continue to imply that this will be my future fate.

Finding a focus on creative ways of thinking and being (my definition of spirituality) eventually pulled me out of the quite literal hell Christianity had put me in.

I understand that this final article upon the subject is redundant, but I felt it was important to share something more of what I've learned in the last few days; the real revelation of the pain caused by religion and its hurtful way of judgement.

Breaking completely free of the many destructive concepts found within these forms of 'faith' is freeing, and I hope that this final non-fiction  piece concering the hurtful religion I was exposed to, will help others to do the same. 


Submitted: July 21, 2019

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tom mcmullen

You won't have to worry about Christianity for too much longer LE, Islam's replacing it in Western countries, Europe's gone, so's the UK, sharia fun for all!

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 2:28am

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Thank's tom...not really worried about the course of all outdated and hate filled religions...I was getting boo-hoo for myself while playing the worlds smallest violin. Dredging up past ugly's which can't change a thing...

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 3:07pm

Derina Peng

There is no doubt that certain religious beliefs bring forth some adverse effects on some individuals who find them not real yet have to be forced to accept them. It is a violation of self-determination that makes one feel religion is at fault. Religion itself is okay and correct. As it deals with spirituality after all. I find we, each one, should have right to choose what is real for themseves as their belief.

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 1:37pm

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So well said Derina...thank you...

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 3:13pm

Obscure

Tom: Please, people, do your research before making unfounded statements. According to the 2001and 2011 statistics, the population of the UK has increased by ~4.5mill. The top four religious stances are Christianity, No religion, Islam and Hinduism. The other religions make up about 2%.

Islam increased by ~1.7% in those ten years, to 4.4%.
Christianity dropped by ~12%, to 59.5%.
No religion increased by ~10% (of Great Britain, at least, in 2001 for UK they grouped 'no religion' and 'unstated' together), to 26.1%.

So, if you're gonna blame anyone for taking over Christianity in the Uk, blame us atheists.

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 1:42pm

hullabaloo22

Atheists seem to be the only ones that will accept differences for what they are and can at least respect them. Forcing people, through any kind of intimidation, to believe something above another has got to be wrong whichever umbrella term it likes to call itself.
Good job with these pieces, LE.

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 8:26pm

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Thank you hullabaloo22. I consider Atheists to be active realists who have considered religion and its value to society. Fear of death and life's ending drives religion, and I do understand that in a very personal way. But hate and division has been the theme of so much of religious practice, and that only brings more fear into the world.

Mon, July 22nd, 2019 3:24pm

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