A great many people have little enthusiasm for being free and autonomous. Such a prospect terrifies them! Most want to “have a place,” to be a piece of the “in” swarm, to be in the place where the “activity” is. They need to hitch their wagon to a “cause,” to a religious or political master – a idea that will in any event, loan a feeling of direction to their generally hopeless reality. Thus, many are ready to end up as “genuine adherents” to a political or religious cult!
Where has the time gone?
15 years ago all the forums and blogs were busy talking about armstrongism with people venting their disdain for the once upon time organization known as the Worldwide church of God.
Many Christians believe that the bible is a sacred text book that guides their lives. This book, sacred to many, is made up of 66 individual scripts from dozens of authors.
While in Herbie’s crackpot cult, he always yelled at us to, “Don’t believe me, believe the Bible,” or, “dust off your Bibles”. Plus drilling into our heads such biblical phrases as “every scripture being an inspiration of God” or “not one jot or one tittle shall be removed,” or such statements as the Bible was written by men inspired by God, etc. In essence, saying that the Bible was God’s Holy Word. Or being constantly threatened with hellfire if we returned to “Satan’s world”. This was the sword of Democles hanging over our heads. We were threatened with God’s terrible wrath, and only “God’s Apostle” could save us.