Friday, November 16, 2007

Nonsense Check

I often refer to the mind as The Garden. Is your gatekeeper on duty?

CNN reports that her archbishop corroborated reports that Mother Teresa felt abandonned by God and had an exorcism. Mother Teresa's closest confidante, Sister Nirmala, who now heads the Missionaries of Charity tells us ...

This is part of the spiritual life of people, and God sometimes wants to unite the soul very closely to himself. He will allow them to feel abandoned by Him.

So, there you have it. When you want to bring someone closer to you, make them feel abandonned by you.

What? The gatekeeper to your mind ran a nonsense check on that and rejected it as a joke?

Yes, this line isn't just in error: it's exactly preposterous. It says that to bring people closer to you, distance them from you. How can anyone with brain waves go "Yup, yup, yup" and suck that up? It's hilarious.

Indeed, whoever invented such an antilogical belief had to be pimping Sister Mary Dead-Air-Space-Between-the-Ears to see if there is any absurdity too absurd for her to swallow.

Apparantly not. She has sold her mind to that source. Unfortunately, in giving her mind to ANYTHING from certain select sources, she is no different from a couple billion other people in the world.

I ask which is worse? Selling your body? or selling your mind?

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At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So in other words, God uses the classic narcissistic withholding technique? Yes, the cult I grew up in used that as the explanation for God allowing bad things to happen to people. Since humanity had not followed God's laws in the past, he is now leaving mankind alone to show them that their ways are bad. That in turn draws them closer to God.

I witnessed an example of this withholding technique over the weekend at the birthday party of a 9-year-old. For the most part, the mother ignored the birthday girl. The more she ignored her, the more the girl clamored for her attention. The more she clamored, the more she was ignored.

I think it is easy for people to give God the qualities they see in human beings.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

I respect true believers, because I used to be one. But even then I was aghast at what some religious airheads think about God. If I were him I wouldn't want such things thought of me! As if in praise of him they utter blasphemies. They claim he does things that they would loudly condemn anyone else for doing. Sometimes I think everyone has their own God. I know mine wasn't like that. And I think it's best to have the brain on when talking about God.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Billy said...

I think this is all about intrepretation. First, just because God does something, that doesn't mean that it's a valid technique for *us* to use on others.

I think God uses hardship in a lot of ways to make someone more dependent on him. That doesn't mean he truly abandons them, but he may allow them to *feel* abandoned so that they may let go of their own self-suffiency and learn to trust more fully in him. The goal is to build up, not to play games and tear down. The old "no pain, no gain."

On a human level, though, there's the matter of playing hard to get. If you make yourself too available, you can easily be taken for granted. To really make someone appreciate you,
sometimes you do have to make yourself scarce IMO.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

What do you mean by "valid"? Are you just avoiding the correct word "right" or "wrong"?

God is good, right? All good. That means everything he does is good. This means that in emulating him we cannot be doing wrong.

The flip side is that if it's wrong for us to do, it would be wrong for God to do.

Sorry, there is just no getting around that.

And don't forget that Jesus of Nazareth always told parables in which God would do whatever the upstanding human person of his day would do. He never described God as doing things it would be wrong for us to do.

A thing is right or wrong because of what it is, not because of who dunnit.

If it's wrong for narcissists to treat people this way, it would be wrong for God to treat them this way. That nun's God is not praised by what she said. If I were him I'd want her to shut up, because she gives me a bad name. So, do those like former football player Reggie White who claim that God plays favorites = being unfair is virtue in God but a vice in us?

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

PS, I forgot to mention that i doubt Mother Teresa was "taking God for granted!"

So, God was just playing hard-to-get so she would wake up and appreciate him?

You have warped issue.

This old nun with a bad heart near the end of her life needed to feel "abandonned" by God?

ABANDONNED by God? And how does abandonning someone make them trust you more fully? It doesn't. That's how you destroy their trust.

At 12:24 AM, Anonymous jordie said...

I love that an archbishop apparently has more medical understanding than the local hospital. I am not a nurse or doctor but I am pretty sure, somebody with a severe medical condition is likely to get a 'bit agitated' at times. The fact that they weren't even sure she had 'a devil' is also questionable. "We'll just perform the exorcism anyway....when in doubt, cast it out".

This whole article smells a little I am afraid. So many christians think reason and faith are mutually exclusive. Its why there are more than a few narcissists in places of religious leadership, and they're the loonies who end up running cults.


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