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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.} ========================================================== %CHRISTIAN PREOCCUPATION CHOICE SINS EVIL FOCUS ILL+980323 %COERCION VIOLENCE THREAT EXCOMMUNICATION ADDICTS+980323 %CHURCH RELIGIOUS LEADERS CORRUPTION POWER ALIENATE 980323 It is interesting that Christians have for centuries been far more concerned with sins associated with unconventional sexual desires and behaviors; than with sins associated with coercion, violence, excommunication, alienation and threats thereof. This pattern of selective interest in sexual sins --- compared with sins of coercion, violence, excommunication, alienation and threats --- is probably associated with Christians' relatively low interest in the evolving insights of Twelve Steppers regarding addictions and codependent supporters of addicts. It is also interesting that Christians have tended to focus upon the sins of alienated/isolated individuals who are vulnerable to the powers of addictive organizations such as churches; rather focus than upon the sins of addictive organizations such as churches which are preoccupied with issues of control. The result of this neglect of communal/corporate sins is that many alienated and powerless neighbors of such powerful churches have become alienated from the churches --- and have lost respect for churches which claim to represent the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth --- who associated with powerless people, to the dismay of the powerful leaders who passed judgement upon Jesus because of his non- conformist ways. Much too often, religious leaders have focused (either explicitly or tacitly) upon negative statements about human sexual behavior. Their focus has often engendered alienation, rather than reconciliation. Young people who have sought positive guidance in expressing their sexuality --- have instead been immersed in commercial manipulations and religious negativity. Rarely have most religious institutions focused in positive/affirmative ways upon providing role models of healthy sexuality --- and upon principles and teachings which affirm the development of healthy sexuality. The essence of healthy sexuality is not to be found in negative statements, condemnations or pervasive repressions of sexual desires. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================