Are you immune to the tactic of "take this, do this, eat this, drink this, drive this, and things will be better"?
I suspect not.
Immune? No. More guarded than you? Absolutely.
The difference between someone who knows the truth and someone who's been sold snake oil is that the truth convinces people to stick with something even when it becomes unpleasant.
Not always, MM. Quite often its just the belief that they have the truth that convinces them. In other words; someone who really, really, really believes the snake oil works will keep drinking it even when it becomes unpleasant. In that instance, it's not the truth that convinces them... it's faith.
Florida preacher Todd Bentley says he can heal the sick with kicks and punches. Do you think it's truth that convinces those people to go up on stage and let this guy kick their ass, or is it just the belief that he can heal them? You tell me.
Show me the evidence that the snake oil works. Show me the peer reviewed articles. Show me the results of the studies. Show me the experts and their patients who've used it. Then I'll drink the snake oil. Until then, I pass. I can be swayed, but it takes a lot.
One thing is for sure though... A guy wearing a black dress, standing on a stage with an old book in one hand and a dead guy tacked to a couple pieces of wood in the other screams 'snake oil' to me. Why doesn't it do that for you? Is it perhaps because you have faith in the snake oil he's peddling?
But doesn't the cure only exist to meet a need? Do you really think, from your experience of the world, that people are just itching to be told that they're broken? Isn't the opposite true?
More than anything else, I think people are itching to be told that they are just like everyone else. Especially those who feel broken. Again, the Christian message is 'We know you're sick. Do this and you will be OK'. So it appeals to the people who feel sick. In another thread, didn't you even say you had more bad qualities than good? I think I remember seeing you write that. That's exactly the sort of thing I'm talking about. I don't know you at all, but I highly doubt you have more bad qualities than good. But Christianity must surely be appealing to someone who thinks that way. Perhaps if you realized you were a good person to begin with, the religion would have less pull on you.
The whole 'everyone is a sinner' thing is disgusting if you ask me. No. People are generally good. And they try hard to be good, every day. And if we kept that in mind when dealing with each other, life would be a whole lot better.
On the flip side, I think that's also why it doesn't fly well when someone doesn't feel broken. Like me. I don't feel sick. I don't think I'm sick. I don't need saving from anything. I'm happy the way I am. I look at myself in the mirror every morning and am happy with the person I've made of myself. A person who feels broken may look at themselves and say the complete opposite. But once they start believing in God, they may look at themselves and say 'I am sick, but God is saving me'. They may need that to get through their day. I don't.
If they just kept that to themselves, and didn't try to push it on others in the great many ways they do, then I wouldn't have a problem with it.