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"Hypnotic Sermon" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Hypnotic Sermon” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Don’t be hypnotized.

Don’t fall asleep.

Don’t fall under spells.

Don’t trust the untrustworthy.

Don’t stop thinking. Use your mind. Think independently!

Wake up!

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7 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    That’s interesting.

    I wonder David if you saw the programme about the illusionist Derren Brown likening what some so called “faith healers” do and comparing it to the psychological trick he uses in his illusions?

    If anyone is interested – the programme is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuP5uOI7Xwc

    I found it helpful and a great insight – I hope you find it useful if you see it 🙂

  2. Kris799 says:

    I always found it interesting that people will question everyone but their pastor. I think the idea that a ‘man of God’ could lie and manipulate is too much for some.

  3. Bernardo says:

    The only sermon you will ever need:

    The Apostles’ Creed 2015: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    Kris799: you described the old me quite well. It took me a long time to realize that pastors were terribly human.

    My first truly raw ‘slap in the face’ was a dressing-down by a church board that did not wish to reach the ‘bad boys smoking by the church trash cans’. I (a former military officer) was amazed at the hatred and ‘get with the program or get out’ attitude of the church board.

    I stood outside with them during the winter, just chatting, lighting cigarettes (though I don’t smoke), and getting to know them. One 16 year old wanted to be tested for HIV, and I carefully hid that news from the church people, lest they use that 16 year old as ‘proof’ that all were bad recruits for the church.

    I thought we were an outreach… They wanted a good parade.

    It took me a few years to get through my head that they were indeed human, and to just let it go. They needed their shiny building to be filled with lovely people…. and you know, at one time, I would have agreed with such ‘military discipline’ within the church.

    They have their needs. I have mine. We differ in our driving needs. It was that simple.

  5. I never knew that caryn. wow.

  6. Kris799 says:

    Wow Caryn.