Christianity Thomas on 10 Mar 2011 01:14 am
The following comment appeared in this thread about Christian Dominionists:
sonofapreacherman said …
My father is an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God. Let me tell you right here and right now: These Palinesque people are 100% serious! They all believe with every fiber of their being that Jesus Christ is Lord and that “every knee shall bow” — and if you don’t find that to be creepier than the wide, tapping stance of Larry Craig, you must be one of them!
The Bible, the Christian faith, and the Assemblies of God utterly destroyed my youth. I was deprived of any normalcy whatsoever throughout my entire childhood. I grew up living in abject fear of a burning hell and the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What if I slipped up and committed some small transgression only moments before the skies parted and the Great Rapture suddenly took place? One shall be taken and the other one left.
Surviving seven years of Terrible Tribulations seemed to be improbable at best. Surely I’d be doomed to burn forever in the unholy fires of hottest hell unless I could muster the courage to be publicly beheaded by the followers of the evil AntiChrist! I spent the first 20+ years of my life whispering nonstop prayers of repentance and faith lest I find myself caught in the vicious snares of Satan himself.
That is the type of shat-bit insanity which ruled my days and haunted my nights for far too long. I was not allowed to think for myself nor to question authority. I was taught only to trust and obey for there was no other way. It was a hard-core, God-blighted, miserable existence based on the fantastical tales of sheep-herding dolts and the delirious ramblings of imprisoned, self-proclaimed prophets.
I was completely immersed in this cultish religion from the very moment I was born, and it took me two decades before I could even begin to break away from the pervasive, mind-twisting, brain-washing grip of the Assemblies of God. Many years have since passed, and my parents are still active in the church today. I, on the other hand, am more certain than ever that, when my parents die, they will simply be dead. I am confident today that there is no god and that there is no life after death. For this I am thankful. It didn’t come easy.
Make no mistake: The Borg-like Dominionists are a dangerous lot. Give them an inch and they’ll just take over. The delusional arrogance of this self-righteous lot knows no bounds. They’re willfully ignorant, slyer than foxes and more persistent than a family of woodpeckers on crack!
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