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Who or What is to Blame?
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Fear and guilt as motivators
We should all easily see that fear and guilt are powerful motivators, and that those hawking products and services on television use a fair amount of these. What is also true is that these are the time honored tools of evangelists, preachers and proselytizers.
Virtually every Christian denomination and sect lays a burden of guilt upon its members, some a very heavy burden. Under this widespread approach we are made to feel guilty for our ego problems and all the attendant behavior that we use as coping mechanisms. OF course, we are made to feel guilty about our erotic dimension, and this can be VERY powerful and destructive. Some even go so far as to make one guilty—in the eyes of the ever watching "Lord"—of eating between meals, dressing in a displeasing manner, and even thoughts that come unbidden, etc., ad nauseam. This burden of guilt is ever SO VERY WRONG and shameful for the promulgators, yet Christendom thrives on this and the panacea of the patient "gracious forgiveness" of the "Lord". What a game!
Many times we get busy blaming ourselves when we ought to be busy understanding ourselves. How can anyone think that they are intrinsically evil, and that this personal evil causes their bad behavior. We do things because of causes from concepts and beliefs, not the least of which are the values with which we were programmed, especially those things that we believe.
What should be clear is that no one signed up for being born into this world. If you believe otherwise, nothing much on this site will make sense to you. What should be equally clear is that until a child begins to develop the dimension of volition, he is just and only the product of things outside of himself, things that he can't possibly be held liable for blame.
Why do we blame ourselves for so much of which we cannot legitimately be blamed?
We can begin to develop the answer by looking at the patterns that have been discovered by the science of psychology, whereby children develop a number of destructive syndromes of blaming themselves for the destructive behavior of the parents. The most stark is the famous Stockholm syndrome, but there are several others such as Child of Alcoholic parent, Child of Divorced parent, Child of Absent parent, and even the Firstborn Syndrome. In all of these syndromes the children take on unwarranted guilt and/or responsibility for that which they were in no way the cause.
The thinking that is consistent with this site is that our forefathers had two very destructive reactions to the almost utter destruction of the "great catastrophe". Rather than blaming it on their own spiritual irresponsibility, they blamed God for visiting such a terrible event upon them—an unforgivable thing to do from a truly divine being—but then turned around and excused God for being angry because of their own failures and excesses at the time. They totally bought into the syndrome of their inferiority and their own guilt.
The toxic miasma of that major posture taken by the ancients is still contaminating us today, as it is a part of every culture and religion. Christianity teaches that "we are born into sin", and it is true that we are born into this syndrome of blaming ourselves. Probably for everyone of us when something goes wrong, we do a quick gut-check to see if we are at least partly to blame. This is so wrongheaded and counter productive for being genuine and having good psychological and spiritual health.
What can God legitimately blame us for?
It is clear that the J-person blamed people for only two things, hypocrisy and not waking up and listening to him.