Hostility towards an unbarred mind is a phenomenon among humans persisting since time immemorial. What exactly is hostility to the unbarred mind? Depending of our psych, social, bio, and spiritual makeup and design each person has formed a worldview. Based on the four factors long held beliefs especially regarding religion will become solidified. Individuals will find it difficult to change their minds on certain fundamental beliefs of their religion.
Why So Serious?
The issue is not a person’s faith; the issue is the often unwavering fundamentals possessed by the adherent. The very history of the world has been formed based on fundamentals of faith; often with terrifying results. How many millions have died as a direct result of religion? Or, should I say the direct result of someone who possesses hostility towards an unbarred mind.
Hellfire has taken its toll on the masses. Fears of death, unscrupulous interpretations of scripture have scourged the earth. Cries of the martyrs of reach heaven. Today the cries of those killed by modern day terrorist in the name of God are ringing in our ears. The heretic persecution continues in America; while the violence has decreased the tyranny continues.
Evangelical Christians desire to spread the word of God, but because of their fundamental ideologies people are pushed away rather than pulled towards the church. Try to sit down and reason matters concerning the legitimacy of other faiths, LGBT inclusion, women in leadership, and a variety of other issues. Often this is a concern based on the exegesis of the religious text. It is very difficult for one fundamentalist to agree to disagree on even seemingly small issues such as woman in leadership. Try getting a complementarian to visit a church with a female pastor; it is not going to happen.
To agree to disagree and support each other out of common love for God and man is nonexistent; generally the fundamentalist is not going to budge. Life would be much easier if we just let be. Why can’t we stop being afraid and understand God as the loving creator he is? Maybe the idea of deconstructing everything that we thought about Christianity is not an option. After years within a certain set of beliefs allowing other interpretations of doctrines is a humbling experience.
Breaking into the Citadel of the Mind.
Breaking into the fortress that is the mind is not an easy task. Yes modern manipulation takes place with every television commercial that you watch but those prey on your outer more susceptible regions. The new soap commercial is probably not going to change your worldview. Generally what must take place is a profound experience that is on somewhat a “supernatural” level. This is difficult as most fundamentalist generally do not experiment with DMT or psilocybin mushrooms. A terrible accident or disease, maybe a family member comes out as gay or lesbian. Maybe it is just something that starts small and grows into a full blown spiritual awakening. Until a person has reached the point in which he or she declares “I know nothing” It will be impossible to know anything. Until the Christian says yes, Jesus is my savior, but maybe I do not have all the answers and neither does my church. The hostility to an unbarred mind is ferocious and exact. Much of the hate and anger that is dividing America is due to fundamentalist who refuse to compromise.
The Unbarred Mind.
The advantage of the unbarred mind is endless. A few benefits these special individuals have is a lack of fear, an ability to reason, the ability to learn new concepts improving their lives, and a true sense of freedom. Jesus possessed an unbarred mind along with nearly every other catalytic figure of the world’s religions. Today we are seeing an emergence of Christians who are tearing down the walls of the mind. More Christians are identifying as progressive, liberal, and tolerant. Many are proud of their heretical label, wearing their damnable doctrinal beliefs as badges of honor.