There are three things I really cannot stand about the radically religious. The three things are their insane paranoia about demons, intolerance of beliefs, and forceful imposing of their views on others, because of your belief that a “Spiritual Warfare” is happening.
The other day someone angrily ranted and forcefully demanded that I play no other music but gospel music, because any other music is demonic, including and especially Native American music, which in my opinion is pure insanity. Music is not demonic, period, but she was going delusionally crazy about demons. All music is pure enjoyment, entertainment, and even relaxing for the listener. Let us just say her behaviour concerning demons went something like the God Warrior woman, only she had a hint of potential hateful violence as she towered over me, when she never asked me what my views are and I never told her. Unfortunately, I could not respond like “Judge Judy” or any other way. The woman even had the audacity to say that every time she came around me, when I played my music, especially and including my Native American music, she gets bad vibes.
This person is the same person who said that she hates psychologists because they cannot admit that if science cannot answer it, then it is demons causing it. I asked her, “So, the Plague was caused by demons?” She replied, “Yes.” Again, this is pure paranoia, because first off, while people thought the Plague was caused by sin and demons, as well as other things, scientists shortly discovered that fleas on rats caused the Plague, not demons. Secondly, science may not have the answer at the time, but possibly ten years from now, science might, making such statements is a display of ignorance, if not religious paranoia.
Such things make me wonder if such people need medication, especially if they hear voices. Wait, they call it the voice of God, but still this tremendous paranoia needs psychological treatment, in my opinion. Sadly, these people will not seek treatment, yet they will attempt to deny others life’s pleasures by calling things like music demonic, adding that they do not need demonism in their life. Even so, I sometimes wish such people would ask their doctor if they are a candidate for Clozapine.
Of course, if you question their beliefs, these paranoid people, who need medication, become angry and demand to know if you have a problem with God. Truth is, if you do not believe their deity exists, then the answer is no, but you do have a problem with their imposing, forceful, intolerant behaviour, not to mention, some atheists may even think the person is full of bull manure too.
In addition, such accusations of demons and other bizarre statements often dismay some more rational Christians, because not all Christians share the same beliefs and such verbal abuse of others, whether the receiver of such abuse is Christian or atheist, is not love. Demanding that others conform to your religious paranoia is abuse, nothing more.
“If you’re going to be that paranoid all the time, just get high.” ~ Bill Maher (starts at 50 second mark in video below)
It is pure intolerance of other views, especially when the one making such claims never asked the person what their views are. The person claiming demons and other bizarre statements just assumes that the person disagreeing “has a problem with [their] god”. Again, such statements are totally bogus and intolerant.
Claiming to know spirituality is spouting ignorance, just as the Tao saying states, “Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know.” Such claims about knowing what spirituality is are not only intolerance of other beliefs or lack thereof, but also a claim of ignorance. To say you know spirituality, is actually saying you do not know a damn thing. Thus, when such radical extremist delusional Christians angrily and forcefully make such claims, I do not even try to debate them, because they just showed they do not know they just intolerantly excluded Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Wiccans, Pagans, Spiritual Humanists, Pantheists, and many more. Most of the world does not agree with them and because others do not agree with them, the claimer making such intolerant statements shows a lot of ignorance.
I told my Tao Buddhist son what happened and his chin dropped with dismay, because in his philosophy, you do not forcefully and intolerantly impose your views on others. His view is the same as mine, as a humanist, and quite frankly, such an attitude will cause most people to walk out on you eventually no matter what beliefs they hold, maybe with a few choice words. At the very least, they will not play your God Spell music exclusively or rid their lives of other things just because you believe all other music is demonic.
Lastly, any and all “Spiritual Warfare” is only in your minds and purely an age old mythology to control people. That is fear your preacher put in your head to enslave your mind and keep you under control. Such ideas are purely mind slavery and I feel sorry for anyone who believes such things to the point of paranoia that causes them to force their delusion on others, because the one with religious paranoia is generally suffering with a lot of psychological pain. I would free one from such slavery, if I could, but the fact of the matter is, the person either needs medication and a good therapist or they need to make the choice to free themselves from such mental slavery.
It is possible for one to possess spirituality without a belief in a deity or ascribing to your beliefs and fighting an imagined “Spiritual War”, but forcing your views on others, is not going to make them believe what you believe. They will eventually think you mad and walk away from you as soon as they can, possibly offend you in return on the way out the door.
Note that if you attempt to force religious paranoia on others, expect some to mock or attack back, because they will eventually do that and religious extremism, especially one that spews horse puckies about demons, cannot stand up against scientific discovery. Unfortunately, religious paranoia with a belief there is “Spiritual Warfare” gets people kill by Christians and/or Muslims.
For those who love music and do not care what genre of music it is, the video below is one of my favourites. It is Cherokee Morning, sung by Walela, which means Hummingbird. The song sung in ancient Cherokee and loosely translated by David Michael Wolfe, who is an Eastern Virginia Cherokee and a cultural historian says:
We n' de ya ho, We n' de ya ho,
We n' de ya, We n' de ya Ho ho ho ho,
He ya ho, He ya ho, Ya ya ya
"We n' de ya ho
Freely translated: "A we n'" (I am), "de" (of), "Yauh" –the– (Great Spirit), "Ho" (it is so).
Written as: A we n' de Yauh ho (I am of the Great Spirit, Ho!)."