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Monday, July 9, 2012
Dennis On: "If We Are Following the Churches of God, We Are Still Stuck in Them"
If We Are Following the Churches of God, We Are Still Stuck in Them
Our lives go where our energy flows. Seems simple enough and self evident. If we ask the average person who used to be a member of any of the myriad Churches of God when they left it, it's easy to get an answer of "in the 70's," "In the 80's," "in the 90's," or "not soon enough..."
Really? It has taken some time to understand that while I left in the late '90's, I am still stuck in them...all of them it seems sometimes. Like a lost love, I find myself thinking of it every day. I write it letters to see if something can't be fixed. I get irritated when they don't answer and keep on doing the very things that caused me to "leave." Worse I suppose is having them remind me of why they left me!
I watch and monitor their crazy new relationships. Shake my head at their lofty ideals and goals while ever holding the carrot of Christ's return just ahead of their member noses. A antics of a couple of the COG restored, living and packaged editions in particular still fascinate me.
I listen to them explain themselves and repeat the same time proven ways of getting the brain dead to respond with support for themselves. And the brain dead seem to multiply faster than those who have awakened to the changes needed to get on with life. Not all who leave a COG actually leave it. It has had a powerful mind altering effect on most. Let's face it...it was a program. I got programmed like anyone else, and I allowed it and wanted to be, and then I became a programmer until I woke up and realized this simply does not work as advertised and every quiet fear of what probably would happen if they didn't get their act together in the last days of HWA, did happen.
It struck me how inane the constant monitoring of the COGs really is when I realized that the Great and Almighty Apostle David C Pack has about 1000 people in his whole church worldwide... Really? More people than that stop for coffee every morning at Starbucks around here
This stupendous and thunderous copycat has 1000 followers and spends millions getting them? If the number is accurate then we know it didn't come from DCP. In his mind, practically the whole world knows who he is. If it is accurate, then it will be interesting to see how a whole new Theological Industrial Complex can be founded on the contributions of so few. If DCP gave the number then we can assume it is probably half that as DCP always embellishes and blows up the numbers because "I'm not about numbers..." Really? Of course it is all about the numbers. That's what Gospel Spinners are told to do. Get those numbers.
But I digress....
I can only speak for myself (well I could speak for you too, but you'd just get pissed.) I want out of the Church of God, body, mind and spirit. The body got out, but it is obvious to me, the mind and spirit never has to date. Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most...as they say.
In my world today, love is really all there is when we understand it. Everything else, all the COG hype and views are an illusion. The answer, for me, is not to find a better illusion but to simply sit down before the facts as a little child, as someone once said, and let the facts take one where they go. The COGs are not big on facts. Fantasy and illusions sound better, are much more encouraging in the short term and can generate a lot of income if done well. Sorry Ron, you didn't do it so well and it caught up with you. However and for now, he still seems to have the attention of some few more brain dead than ever until he doesn't.
In the bigger picture, the Bible spins a tale, or many tales that actually don't meld together well. It presents it's own illusions and buying into them and refusing to see all is not as presented is easy. It is much easier to be en-couraged by Lions and Lambs than doing the hard science needed to understand what is probably more real and more true about it all. After all, the bottom line fear we treat with a good dose of religion, true or false, is our ingrained fear of death and what comes next if anything.
Perfect love doesn't cast out hate. Hate is not the opposite of love. Fear is the opposite of love and fear drives us more easily than love for the most part. I'd like love to cast out my own fears. I have too many of them and they rise up far too often and run the show until they dissipate. So, I believe that love really is all there really is and all else in an illusion. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real, but it can appear very real if we are not careful.
So I left the COG in the 90's. But it is obvious to me I have not left it. I'm working on it and probably only stay in the hope that some few might benefit from hearing about the process. Thinking you are the only one in the world having faced this kind of experience is, of course, not true and needs not be made larger than it deserves.
If all else fails, I would appreciate it if some WCG/COG minister would just write and tell me I have been finally dis-membered and while they wish me no harm are sorry that they had to take such action and we can skip the part about doing it in the hope it will lead to repentance.
I once had a minister buddy send in a disfellowship card on a G. Shephard. Seems the dog had bit him pretty good and this was his revenge.
I'll end with Buddhist story that has an obvious point.. I guess one was a real monk and the other was just a monk-ey... :)
Zen Buddhist story
Two monks, going to a neighbouring monastery, walked side by side in silence. They arrived at a river they had to cross.
That season, waters were higher than usual.
On the bank, a young woman was hesitating and asked the younger
of the two monks for help.
He exclaimed, 'Don't you see that I am a monk, that I took a vow of chastity?'
'I require nothing from you that could impede your vow, but simply to help me to cross the river,' replied the young woman with a little smile.
'I...not...I can...do nothing for you,' said the embarrassed young monk.
'It doesn't matter,' said the elderly monk.
'Climb on my back and we will cross together.'
Having reached the other bank, the old monk put down the young woman who, in return, thanked him with a broad smile.
She left thier side and both monks continued their route in silence.
Close to the monastery, the young monk could not stand it anymore and said,
'You shouldn't have carried that person on your back. It's against our rules.'
'This young woman needed help and I put her down on the other bank. You didn't carry her at all, but she is still on your back,' replied the older monk."
Dennis C. Diehl