This-essay is a7707031.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %PREACHERS OF EXCLUSIVITY 770703 People who preach that their way is the only way to salvation should be studied to see if their gospel is self serving. What do they stand to gain by being preachers of the only way to salvation? Can they be free of bias while being the mediators of anything so ultimately important? Or are they likely to be corrupted by their presumed power to mediate the message of ultimate importance? If their way to salvation is the only effective way, they have an ultimate responsibility to share their knowledge with those who incorrectly think that a different way is the way to salvation. With the responsibility to give non-believers the knowledge of the only way to salvation comes the inclination to make sure that the non-believers come to accept the validity of the only way to salvation. How can a preacher of the only way to salvation know that he is fulfilling his responsibility to preach the gospel? Clearly there must be some sign that his preaching is producing converts. The preacher who does not produce converts can not feel that he is fulfilling his responsibility to get people to recognize the one and only way to salvation. Thus, if one way of preaching does not work, there will a tendency to try other ways of preaching which will produce the expected quota of converts. Only as the expected quota of converts is produced can the exclusive preacher feel guilt-free. In this way the exclusive preacher is likely to tend towards manipulative preaching. The gospel is likely to be manipulated in such a way as to generate the number of converts which the preacher feels are enough to prove that he is fulfilling his responsibility to win converts. Preachers of exclusivity need people to support them in their exclusive venture. They are trapped in a double bind. Since their way is the only way to salvation---not all people can be saved, for many people believe that there are other ways to salvations. Thus such preachers gather around themselves small bands of converts who support the preachers in their conviction that their way is the only way. They together play a collusive game of mutual self-deception---that only they know the one true way to salvation: all others are excommunicated as sinners. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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