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  •  Too many of us had to live it. (1+ / 0-)
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    I grew up in a seriously fundamentalist family.  (My father was a devotee of Herbert W. Armstrong.)  I remember being terrified of hell based on the pictures depicting it in Armstrong's magazine.  One of the fundamentals of our faith was that thinking about something was as sinful as doing it.  Now some people (I'm thinking about our preacher's sons) figured that if they were going to hell for thinking about something anyway, they might as well have the fun of actually doing it.  Not me...I thought and felt guilty.  So now I call myself a recovering pentecostal.

    •  Wow. You didn't have to imagine it. (0+ / 0-)

      You've lived actually believing it.  I can't imagine that.  At least you're not stuck in that universe anymore.

      In the counseling I used to do, I would always talk about the tricky trap of beliefs about reality, and the importance of questioning one's beliefs.

      I would point out how, because they are beliefs about external reality, people mistake those beliefs for external reality ... and thus feel that, since it is all "out there," there is nothing one can do about it.

      In a way it's like asking a computer to question its own basic programming.  It can't do it because that basic programming is in itself determining its ability to question -- or not question -- that very basic programming.

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