Today starts a new day; I realize that I have been abused by religion. It took me through Day 8, 9 before I realized this, but I am glad I did. You can go back to see my comments on Day 8 and 9 to see what I am speaking of. I am taking the time to do the exercises as outlined in the book; Recovering From Religious Abuse, 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom written by: Jack Watts. While I know that hurt and abuse as described and presented in the book are two different things, I have come to the understanding that in regards to taking advantage of me I have in fact been abused. I will admit, one of my greatest concerns is I may have at times abused religion. I don’t think I have but this journey will help me understand where I am at and in the process help others as I journal each day with the steps outlined in the book.
Today that I have healing that I need, but I also have forgiveness to offer those who have constantly misused scripture all together, or at the least, used it to satisfy their own selfish desires. Their constant ridicule over the years had formed an opinion within me that at times doesn’t mirror the attitude of Christ. I have improved over the years, but I know there is a long ways to go before I resemble Jesus in the way I should.
It hasn’t been easy to hear and see people misuse scripture to justify their beliefs. Jesus offered more than that; he offered a relationship that I should be sold out too to the max. He offered His all for me, can’t I give of myself back to others in an honest way. I know I am doing better in many areas; my spiritual life has made a ton of progress. I need to work on my emotions though. There are many scars that haven’t had the chance to heal. There are physical consequences as a result. The need to let my God heal all is evident, not just the spiritual, but the emotional and physical. It starts in my mind, yet, over the years, it has unfortunately been impacted by those who refuse to follow Jesus example.
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