I rebelled, then returned, blaming my rebellion on career problems. However, those continued, I joined a cult, putting my life in danger. I escaped to Seattle, joining a wonderful church there. Career troubles continued. I prayed, talked with my pastor and a pro counselor, none worked. My brother brought me to Hawaii, where my troubles eased, but now the only church was pathetic and corrupt, encouraging my niece to drop out of high school. Flashbacks led me to become an anxious agnostic. If there is no God, all is up to me.Yet, if I were adequate, I wouldn't be in this mess in the first place!
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It sounds like your approach is humanistic. I admit I need to take that approach.
Learning about other religions is a great idea. I'm currently doing that.
"Do not indulge in what makes you weak." Excellent advice! I am researching other religions, because in this great wide world, there is more than one way to think.
This is perfectly valid also, SYTL. If you listen carefully to the voice of Conscience, it will direct your Path. Prayer makes this louder.
manatita44 - I wonder if, ultimately, God is merely our Superego?
SYTL, I am asking you to listen .. Love, serve, look inward..that is, if you want the medicine. Prayer, introspect. If you try and fail, then that's reasonable. At least you tried. The world looks outwardly. Look within. Peace.
"My Experience in a Cult" tells my past situation. Current flashbacks revealed to me way too many correlations between cults and Christianity, mainly accepting without question under dire threats of hell. Any religion can be made a cult by practice.