Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Christianity Is Not Groupthink, Nor A Religion
Joan of Argghh! links over to a Sultan Knish essay, on the subject of the Muslim world, titled Saving 1 Billion People From Themselves, which elicited a number of comments from her readers. This comment, caught my eye, especially the first sentence.
I can’t pretend that Christianity is any better of a religion.
The comparison being made by the commenter, of course, is between Christianity and Islam, as religions, as groupthink entities subject to the groupthink symptoms, and both the Christian and Muslim “religions” suffer equally from the problems of groupthink, to this very day.
The problem that most practitioners of Christianity seem to suffer from is their consideration of the teachings of Jesus Christ as being applicable to the group, or, a group, rather than the individual. The teachings of Jesus Christ are not meant to be applied wholesale, they are meant to be applied to single, individual lives. Though today most practitioners of Christianity are not jihadists, enough numbers of them suffer from groupthink that they are willing to coerce perceived non-believers into behaving in such and such a way by utilization of the power of the state, which could be referred to as Christian sharia law.
Christianity is NOT Religion, it is a most powerful self improvement tool, and using the teachings of Jesus Christ for any other purpose than self improvement leads to problems.
The Latin word from which the English word “religion” is derived means “to bind up.” Jesus did not come to bind us up in rules and regulations or rituals of devotion, but to set us free to be man as God intended.