Empowerment Conundrum

The thing I like about faith is the same thing I hate about it: empowerment.

Christianity can help people build a foundation for their lives, develop new goals and pathways for living, and pretty much cheer up a blah existence. It works, seen it happen.

On the flip side, it also destroys with the same empowerment. It empowers an institution, and leaders, to have control of your life and pry into it’s many details…somewhat trapping the person in a constant cycle of obedience via fear & paranoia.

Fear & paranoia = guilt; must obey those leaders or you let God down as well (since the leaders represent Christ’s bride – the church)

But is it healthy to have that fear, paranoia, and guilt? Is this what good faith should look like? Is this the foundation you started with? Why do church people choose to build on these inferior emotions?

It’s really a tad strange when you think about it. Something with such promising beginnings (faith and hope and love) becomes something worth forgetting (guilt and fear and superstition). What happened and where did it happen?

Church blames the people, they doubted, they lacked faith, they fell into satan’s trap, etc. But when you examine it, the institution is the one that don’t change and demands you to. The institution don’t grow, yet you do (emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). Is it possible we can outgrow the church?