The time has come to put guilt in its place. In the past, many religious belief systems have used guilt and fear to corral their members. Any step outside the boundaries of the corral, and a quick reminder is given through the use of guilt that inside is safe but outside is not. If you venture beyond the boundaries, you might be brought back, but often this comes with a price. Some religious systems have charged a fee to get back inside the gate — real or imaginary. Others require a simple apology to the injured party and/or to The Divine.
It seems what those religious systems do is try to stake a claim to their flock. We have our corral, others have theirs. Don’t try to mess with our corral (or our flock). But, it’s okay for us to mess with yours because we have the only true path.
Ridiculous. Guilt is the wrong motivation. Forgiveness and love is the proper motivation for religion and spirituality. Let’s set aside guilt and find ways to communicate and get things done without “guilting” someone simply because they don’t believe what we believe.
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