We recognize we have been hurt, disappointed, or abused by religion or the religious.
Sometimes simple statements have a great impact on our lives. Most people recognize they have been hurt, disappointed, or abused by life, but many people don’t realize they have also been hurt by religion or the religious until a simple statement comes along and they have that ah-ha moment.
Up until that ah-ha moment they hadn’t put it together that religion — as good as it can be at times — could also be the source of disappointment, grief, and suffering. But, religion has had negative effects, and they often occur at crucial times in our lives. We shouldn’t be surprised by this because religions and religious people are not perfect, our world is not perfect, and we are not perfect.
The purpose of Step One is to recognize our source of pain so we can find a way through it and to avoid its reoccurrence. Many have reached this point on their own, and some have worked through it while others have given up on religion, and at times, a higher power. We honor each person’s individual choice. Religious Recovery hopes to help those who are still in need of healing, and we hope to aid those in search of a spiritual path that may or may not include a religious practice. Healing begins when we recognize we are hurt. A simple truth but somehow overlooked at times.
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Our purpose is to help individuals to heal who have been injured by religion or the religious. We welcome your comments and questions.