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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %IDOLATROUS EXCLUSIVE RELIGIOUS LEADERS CHRISTIAN+971129 %POWER CORRUPT CONTROL ADDICT CODEPENDENT EVIL SIN 971129 Often religious leaders who get too close to God in their own view, become corrupted by the excessive powers which they arrogate unto themselves in their self- righteous excesses. They come to believe that they hold the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, and believe that have a duty to keep unqualified people out of the Kingdom of Heaven; and out of the councils of power which govern the Way to the Kingdom of Heaven. Arrogant, self-righteous religious leaders are often preoccupied with issues of control; in the manner of addicts. They gather around themselves codependent supporters of: them, their doctrines, rituals and disciplines. They work together to form addictive religious organizations which presume to govern the one and only Way to the Kingdom of Heaven. Their powers go from their hearts to their heads, and they lose contact with reality --- as they fixate upon their addictive choices of tools to control their appearances. Beware of religious leaders who think too highly of themselves and their religious institutions --- who are guilty of idolatry. They cannot tell the difference between the Kingdom of Heaven and their own religious creations. They think that they know the difference between who is in the Kingdom of Heaven and who is outside the Kingdom of Heaven; and that the difference is obvious. Only people who have lost contact with reality think that the difference is obvious, and are proud of their superior ability to tell the difference. When people are preoccupied with relative standings ---with who is better and who is lesser --- they lose all sense of balance, proportion and priorities. They become preoccupied with "either/or" issues having to do with: in/out, accepted/rejected, saved/dammed, good/evil, friend/foe, etc. Such people alienate themselves from many others who could help them to see clearly the spectrum of healthy alternatives which are available to healthy people and communities of integrity. But such "good" people are too "good" to stoop to be in dialogue with charitable people of clear vision, insight, and humane understanding. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================