Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Religion vs. Pseudo-religion...



According to yet another religious friend of mine,


Legitimate religions have priests and alters and sacrifices.

Pseudo-religions have texts and debates about those texts.



It was this friend who first pointed out to me that,

Prayer
Praise
&
Worship

are three distinctly different things.

Prayer is not worship. It simply means to talk or speak to, someone.
Praise is adulation. It is simply pointing out a person, place or thing’s positive attributes.

Worship is a specific act. An act that requires an altar and a sacrifice placed upon that altar.

Which is to say, if your religion has no altar and no “divinely anointed” priest offering up a sacrifice then yours is not a legitimate religion. It’s a pseudo-religion masquerading as a real religion. Kind of like Freemasonry or Judaism or Wicca.


Of course my friend is referring to the eucharist.


But it is a valid point, based on my own reading of religion and mythology.

Most Christians I know (Protestants) think prayer = worship. Or that praise = worship.

They don’t.

And the belief that studying a sacred text enlightens an individual spiritually, is occultism.



No sacrifice on an altar by an anointed priest = no act of worship.



Which, for a Christian, would mean the Catholic and Orthodox and Lutheran, etc understanding of the eucharist.

Evangelicals have no mechanism with which to worship God. Making it, too, a fake religion.




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