Re: Adrian M/Claire J
Or maybe it is all part of my wicked plan. A good con man will make their mark think the con is all the mark's idea. [...] Sometimes it is hard to do, and sometimes it does not go the way we want it to, but in the long run it is the right thing to do. Blaming other people is a lot more fun, though. Just as long as you do not take it to the other extreme and blame yourself for everything that happens. I am guilty of that one.
Without getting into all the details, prosperity theology boils down to some Evangelicals preaching that the more money people give to God via their church, the more God will bless their lives with health and wealth. Only good people get rich, you should give a month's salary to the church at the beginning of the year on top of your weekly tithes, things like that. It is disgusting. [...] Do not make me grab a whip and tell you how those priceless archaeological finds belong in a museum. [...] Exactly. But people zero in on cherry picked mistranslated verses and use that to force their views on people in the name of God. It puts the religious in a very bad light.