More on this topic
Date: October 01, 2002 05:58AM
Destructive religious movements are a topic I comment on because I got involved with a few as you know from reading my posts. I don't believe that any person is capable of joining a destructive organization. It seems to me that most of the people I knew from Hickman's church and Lubavitch, among others, were people who were estranged from religious establishment of their
upbringing. Some were looking to make a difference they couldn't in their former church. Some considered their parents and religious leaders to be hypocrites.
The problem is that many times people who leave on religious organization for another wind up in more trouble than could be imagined on the outset. While I don't agree with what I consider to be the mythological content of the Old and New Testaments, the Koran, the Bagavad Ghita, etc., these religions have been around for awhile and you know what to expect from their adherents.
Now I do have a major problem with what's going on in the Mid East and also the problems between the Indians and the Pakistanis. Personally, I chalk it up to religious intransigence.
While I don't mind saying that I believe in God, I don't believe any current religion accurately portrays him. Nevertheless, especially some of the monotheistic faiths, have no compunction against killing an "infidel" (aka, heretic, apikorsus, akum, blasphemer, etc..).