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How Well Known Is The Christian Cross?

For many of us here in ‘the west’ the Christian cross is a well-known symbol.

Celtic cross

Like me, I expect many people would be extremely surprised to discover that a brand symbol, around 100 years old, is more widely known than Christianity’s symbol, upon which Jesus was reportedly crucified.

Besides the obvious interest in this fact from a ‘trivia perspective’, it is fascinating for a number of reasons which include:

1. The pervasive nature of Christianity in our society leads to surprise that this situation could occur.

2. Christianity, despite claiming to have a wonderful and critically important message, is much less meaningful, relevant and powerful than most might tend to think; especially adherents of the Christian faith.

3. A focus on quality, delivering results, listening to people, innovation and making a difference in people’s lives not only matters, it also permits entry into the deep collective psyche.

If we look at this another way, we must ask ourselves: How can a modern brand – a product – in grain  itself so deeply in our collective psyche that it surpasses the Christian cross?

Permit me to suggest an answer…

The brand of course deserves its reputation, however Christianity, due to, and according to, its claims, should be much more relevant to people than a product. Christianity is not, which is due in significant part to the behaviour of Christ’s so-called followers.

If they, the Christians, cannot be a good and powerful ‘living epistle‘ (an example, a kind of advert) for ‘the way of the cross’ (Christianity) and all it stands for, then it is no surprise that a three-pointed star is more recognisable.

In the end, it is results that tell, the fruit that is produced. The Bible tells us: “by their fruits you will know them“.

It is better to be a ‘knower’ than a ‘believer’. Another reason a product brand is better recognised than the Christian cross, is the Christian belief system is yet another man-made religion which, among other things, lacks the power to deeply affect people in the right way.

Once, many years ago, I was a Christian minister. During my involvement with churches I came across a few genuine, sincere and loving people, however most were not. Even from the beginning I realised that a key life focus must be to find truth and wisdom, whatever the cost. I was often heavily persecuted by Christians because I was sincere and genuine. While involved with the church I came across Shamanism (there are some significant aspects of Shamanism in church/Christian practices) and through Shamanism connected with real spiritual/philosophical/psychological experience. I would have missed it had I not had a love and hunger for truth deep down in my psyche. Shamanism by the way, is humanity’s original spirituality; around long before religion came along messed things up. All religions and spiritual practices contain elements of Shamanism – it’s the additional error that causes problems. In fact, one definition of mental illness is: “a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking” – religion does just that. We see the fruit of it everyday. Madness dressed up as religion. Religion sucks.

Oh, yes, you wanted to know which product brand is more recognisable than the Christian cross?

The symbol – a three-pointed star – appears on the front of one of my cars:

Mercedes Benz SL500 R129 - Convertible 5 Litre V8 in Tourmaline

Mercedes Benz SL500 R129 – Convertible 5 Litre V8 in Tourmaline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. “The Mercedes-Benz brand is one of the most powerful brands in the world – and almost certainly the most powerful automotive brand. It’s symbol (or Logo), the ‘three-pointed star’, though less than a hundred years old is better recognised around the world than the Christian cross”. [easyazon_link identifier=”047001802X” locale=”US” tag=”amzn06a-20″]Enduring Passion: The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand[/easyazon_link] By Leslie Butterfield; one of the world’s most recognised branding experts.

2. Yes, Freyja was very quick, though for legal reasons I never got find out just how quick! More info: Why We Need To Support Our Police. Freyja was a car you ‘wore’, and was a joy to drive.

3. Shamanism is not a religion.

Another Word For Religion Is Often Hate. We Need More Spirituality.

Love or hateHate and religion are often (usually it seems) synonymous.

Modern life shows us that. Nothing new there though; it’s been like this for centuries.

Here we read of how Christianity was heavily involved in he deaths of 20 million people in China during the 19th century:

Internally, the Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) – a quasi-Christian religious movement led by the so-called ‘Heavenly King’ Hong Xiuquan, raided roughly a third of Chinese territory for over a decade until they were finally crushed in the Third Battle of Nanking in 1864. Arguably one of the largest wars in the 19th century in terms of troop involvement, there was massive loss of life, with a death toll of about 20 million.  Towards the end of the Taiping Rebellion came the Dungan Revolt (1862–77) – a largely chaotic uprising by China’s Muslim minorities on the western banks of the Yellow River.

Source: Early photographs offer fascinating insight into 1860s China

20 million!

Australia, where I currently live, had a population of 22.68 million in 2012.

So, the religion inspired war in China led to deaths, size wise, of nearly the entire modern-day population of Australia!

It is clear that we need a lot less religion and more spirituality.

By spirituality I mean the good stuff. I also mean genuine connection to the spiritual world, not just head stuff, dogma and…yes, hate.

The problem with much religious doctrine and thinking is that it leads to hate, or at least the precursors of hate. Yet, if we speak out against certain religions we are deemed racist. We can censure Scientology, or Catholicism, yet if we do the same for Islam, or Judaism, we can often be called ‘racist’, and especially so in the case of Islam.

Being against a religious doctrine is not racism. Religious doctrine is a way of thinking, and is often ‘poisonous’ (hateful) in key areas. The politically correct brigade love to label being anti religion as racism and when they do so, they illustrate their own stupidity, poor vocabulary and even hypocrisy by suppressing freedom of thought, and freedom from hate.

Personally I don’t care what someone’s race is. I do care about what they think however. Thinking leads to good or ill. Not skin color or racial background. But I am not a racist.

Let’s come back to the core issue – religion tends to lead to hate, and many other dreadful outcomes. One example of the latter is the HIV problem in Africa being exacerbated by the Roman Catholic church’s previous stance on birth control (use of condoms). Do you honestly believe that ‘God’ bans, or banned, condoms? The Catholic Church has changed their stance as that link shows, however not long before the shift “The Body” reported: During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” (Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters).

One of the reasons religion leads to hate is that many religious leaders are just plain stupid (religion tends to encourage silly thinking). Pope Benedict’s comment above illustrates his lack of understanding (yes, I said Pope Benedict was stupid). Clear thinking and good leadership is needed to avoid hate, and its powerful precursors.

Many religious followers are stupid also, blindly accepting what they have been taught, often from a young age. (They have a subconscious mind problem due to deep conditioning and thus to some extent can’t be blamed).

If you scratch the surface of religion, or most religious people, it won’t take long to find the hate, or the thinking that leads to it. Once, I was a Christian minister (Pentecostal happy clappy places and more). The hate I saw was shocking. Much of it was concealed and often well hidden, at least initially. I got persecuted (hated) severely because I was sincere. The Christian way of seeing others as ‘sinners’ is an example of the step down the road toward alienation, ‘demonization’ (colloquial sense of the word!) and yes…hate. You might meet a friendly Christian, yet inside many harbour thoughts about you being a sinner, and lots of other hateful stuff they won’t say to your face.

Here’s something else which illustrates what I am saying. Have you noticed how much so child abuse goes on in religious circles? That’s partly because of the hate and lack of genuine love. The reason the churches are not full is because there isn’t the love. Love draws people. It repels pedophiles, who don’t really love children as their descriptor might suggest – they ‘feed’ on children.

‘Churchies’ speak of love but manifest hate. Even Jesus warned about religious people, false prophets and how to determine the true nature of people: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Ref: Wikipedia article expands on issue). I’ve been a fruit inspector for decades. And guess what, I started with myself; which ironically is a core reason the religious zealots didn’t like me. Authenticity is anathema to the Pharisee. If you want to meet lots of Pharisees, go to church.

Until you start with yourself, and clean up your act, and on a deep subconscious level too (remember the subconscious conditioning I mentioned earlier), you will not be able to ‘see’ others clearly. In fact, you will be a slave to your religion, your atheism; or to whatever it is that prevents you from knowing truth and reality. You will be part of the ‘hate problem’.

Over to you.

Get it sorted.

A Christian with no inner peace of mind?

 

brain in cageA Christian with no inner peace of mind? Is that you? Or someone you know? Get help.

Have a look at this January 2011 news article:

The Christian hotelier found guilty of gay bias looks set to lose her home and asks: So who’s really being persecuted?

Mrs Bull, the Christian hotelier, is quoted as saying about her Christian husband Peter Bull:

“The uncertainty of the future would take Peter down. He doesn’t cope well with stress.”

This is interesting, but not unexpected or surprising. Christians make much of having a ‘relationship’ with God, the peace that goes with it, faith and certainty of God’s help.

These Christians were found guilty of discrimination. The Christian religion causes their discrimination, but seems not to enable Peter to experience inner peace of mind. Doesn’t he know deep in his bones that God loves him? If he did know, wouldn’t he have peace of mind? How can he love others if he does not know he is loved himself? The Bible says: Perfect love casteth out fear – 1 John 4:18.

So, we have religious dogma without love. Nasty eh! And sad.

Disclaimer: In case anyone wonders about my motives for writing this post; I am not gay, or bi and have never even had a fantasy of that nature. My point is aimed at the religiosity of Christians in general.

If you are a Christian without peace of mind – there are many (I have ‘inside’ knowledge because I was once a Christian minister) – and want help, please get in touch.

I provide help with Christian ‘exit counselling‘ (also known as strategic intervention therapy, cult intervention or thought reform consultation). Involvement with Christian activities and Christian churches can cause, and exacerbate, a wide range of emotional, psychological, spiritual and financial problems. In some cases, extremely serious mental health issues can arise. Many Christian cults exist – they can appear to be very benign and harmless. Often the surface impression can appear to be good, and it is only later that you realize that you are in the grip of a Christian cult.

I have in-depth personal experience of how involvement with Christian churches, church-folk and Christian thinking or beliefs can damage your mind, relationships, finances and life in general. To get help, contact me here.

I am located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, in Southport, however I can help you via phone/Skype and/or video link even if you are interstate, or overseas.

Note: By Christian cults I do not simply mean Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses or similar – I include many churches in this definition – places where cult type behaviour exists. This Wikipedia article will give you some pointers about how to identify a cult and you will see many similarities with Christian churches, especially the charismatic, Pentecostal, ‘Full Gospel’ varieties.

“In the entire first Christian Century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman historian, religion scholar, politician, philosopher or poet. His name never occurs in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence.” Dr. Bart Ehrman – Professor Of Religious Studies – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.