We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have heard young people say these things for decades now. None of them has ever been an issue for me and I even wonder if it's exaggerated. But I have to figure if it keeps coming up, it has been part of someone's experience somewhere.
Assistant Village Idiot
Ugh. That was awful.
With friends like this, the Church doesn't need enemies.
1) if you don't go to church 3 times a week you're going to hell because God will hate you
2) Everyone who's not a paying member of the Church is an enemy and should be shunned, loving or even befriending them is a mortal sin and shows you're not a true Christian and should be cast out
3) You're not a true Christian if you doubt anything your minister says
Your religion is between you and your deities. If you make your religion a system where you depend on other people and special building and rituals to show your devotion at regular times you're not religious, you're just going through the motions to fit in in a society where being religious "in the right way" has social benefits (jobs, power, whatever).
I so agree with everything said in this post. I believe these things as well until I found a personal relationship with God. I was also taught if I didn't pay my tithes God would curse me and I would never increase. Boy was those some lies. Thank God for finding the truth and a personal relationship with Him.