Why do so many people believe that the word of their priests and/or ministers ar

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  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    Why do so many people believe that the word of their priests and/or ministers are

    akin to a divine revelation?   So many people believe that priests and/or ministers can do no wrong.   They believe that these people are God Almighty in whatever they state.   What these priests and ministers say, such people automatically follow them with any independent thought!

  2. d.william profile image68
    d.williamposted 6 years ago

    Easy question to answer.  It is a result of years of brainwashing and indoctrination into their respective cults to which they belong.   This is one of the worst forms of child abuse and readily accepted by our society.  Each cult teaches that it is a sin to question their beliefs, and people never outgrow that fear of their vengeful god punishing them for practicing logical intelligent rational thinking.  Sad commentary of the human race as a whole.

    1. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Same question for you as for Nightwork4!

    2. nightwork4 profile image59
      nightwork4posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      you're brainwashed obviously Chris Neal. i can prove it. you need others to prove to you that what they say is true instead of just accepting that you don't know every christian or religious person out there.

    3. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Um, couldn't the same be said for you, then? I mean, if you're so convinced you can prove that I'm brainwashed even though you've never met me?

      Yeah.

    4. d.william profile image68
      d.williamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      C.N.: by virtue of being born into any religion that teach their young from birth that what they believe is based on fact and reality is brainwashing indoctrination at its worst.  Check out this video and learn.
      http://youtu.be/gHbYJfwFgOU

    5. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      And which religion, exactly or even just in general, was I born into?

    6. d.william profile image68
      d.williamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      CN: it matters not what religion u were born into.  All cults are the same, & thrive on the same premise that theirs is the true cult.  They all practice brainwashing of their children.  no exceptions.  See my hub: cults in America for more info

    7. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What matters is that you know what you're talking about. I was not born into any religion. Want to run your little theories on my life?

    8. d.william profile image68
      d.williamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      CN. no need to waste any theory on u. with ur attitude u r either the product of religious upbringing,  radical right wing political propaganda, or a self agnized (aggrandized) know-it-all. me? just a logical conclusion thinker

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    As the wife of a Lutheran pastor, I have not found that to be the case.  In the common congregation, criticism of the pastor and family abound; what they say, what they wear, why they drive a newer car.

    I cannot believe the amount of criticism and distain that is so freely given.  It is amazing to me how Christian people can behave in the ways I have seen at the congregation level.

    So in my world I have not seen what you have stated.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much for your comment!

  4. ithabise profile image81
    ithabiseposted 6 years ago

    "Akin to divine revelation"--I think that's hyperbole. But if the faithful believe the words of GOD spoken through the human instrument, then God is honored. Just because we believe God's words and respect the minister doesn't mean there is no accountability of his or her life to the people they lead. Yet we honor God when we honor the leadership he has placed over us; and should that leadership fail in some egregious way, then there is no reason not for strong discipline or expulsion. This argument is akin to the "I don't go to church because of hypocrites" argument. Hypocrites don't matter, and neither does my supposed brainwashing by the preacher. God--and one's God--and his revelation and honor are what matter.

  5. nightwork4 profile image59
    nightwork4posted 6 years ago

    it's brainwashing and nothing more. i know a couple of priests and ministers and they are far from faultless. they are alright, don't get me wrong but not even they think that what ever they say is right. religion has made people actually believe that to be a leader, is to know all.

    1. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No Christian group I've ever been part of thinks that way. Maybe the very young or the very naive, but not the body as a whole. What groups do you personally know that are like that?

    2. nightwork4 profile image59
      nightwork4posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      my mom, her friends and lots of catholics i know. why the heck do you think i said it in the first place bud?

  6. Chris Neal profile image75
    Chris Nealposted 6 years ago

    When I attended church, I found that to almost never be the case. (In fact, I've as yet to ever meet anybody, with one possible exception, who takes the word of any preacher as gospel itself. I don't know about Catholics.) Of course people want to believe that pastors and priests are "better" than they are, that's a human trait. Most people, no matter how hard or cynical they appear to be, do want to believe that there is somebody out there who is 'good' even if they've never  met them. But people who will blindly follow some religious leader no matter what are few and far between, at least in any Christian gathering I've ever been party to.

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    Rad Manposted 6 years ago

    Unfortunately children have been abused by the Catholic church because most thought priests unable to do wrong. How many stories have there been about the child going home and telling his parents what the priest did and the parent slaps the kid for lying? I still have direct relatives that allow there children to help in the mass. This gives the wrong priest opportunity. They let this happen because they think it couldn't happen to their child and this particular priest would never do anything wrong. Why put your kids at risk?

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Rad Man!   Many parents, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church, believe that nuns and priests are God on Earth.   They believe that nuns and priests DO NO WRONG and ARE NOT GUILTY OF ABUSE.

    2. profile image0
      Rad Manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      To make matters worse Father Benedict Groeschel recently stated priests should not be convicted for the first offence and usually it's the child tempting the priest. He also said "If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties,

    3. Chris Neal profile image75
      Chris Nealposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's a pretty sad fact that the current pope was directly involved in what could be termed the cover-up.  John Paul II thought the church should handle it internally, which effectively meant that nobody handled it. It is not what Jesus would have dun

 
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