I am currently participating in my psychiatric rotation for school. I attended the "Spirituality Group" today out of pure morbid curiosity. It was as expected, so I won't go into that.

What I thought about instead when I was driving home afterward was what would have happened if I was running that group? Here are these people in fragile mental states (they were all, by chance, simply people feeling very depressed), and I could lead them gently to examine what kind of omnipotent being would let them suffer like this, and maybe that such a being wasn't worth worshipping. And if we were headed in that direction, we could talk about finding our own inner strength and educating ourselves in order to manage the suffering they are currently experiencing instead of counting on the imaginary to "support" them.

But then I thought, I couldn't do that to them. I wouldn't feel right essentially taking advantage of them to further my own belief system when they were not operating at their optimum level of functioning. It wouldn't be right. Which led to the thought that Christians do that all the time. "Oh, you're homeless and hungry and had your kids taken away and addicted to heroin? Let me tell you about Jesus... It's a miracle! Jesus cured her of her drug problem and she no longer hooks to support her habit! She works at Wal-Mart now. She's doin' real well." They prey on people just to earn conversion points.

Yet another reason I can't be part of organized religion, much less entertain a god-belief. They are vultures, circling the weak and hopeless.

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Comment by Jon Heim on October 6, 2010 at 9:26pm
Religion has preyed on the weak since it's invention.

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