CULTS AND LABELS…
Cults seek to control and manipulate, dominate, freeze the free-wills of others and cause them to be subservient to every whim of their dictatorship.
The early Christian church were perceived to be in the cult category, as they turned the world upside down with their message.
A Religious Pharisee saw it to be his mission from God to persecute, harass and remove them from society.
Then he became a follower of/with the disciples he persecuted, who were called ‘Christians’ first in Antioch. Apparently it was a label that was given as a form of derision.
His complete turn-around conversion is expressed in his own words –
…that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets…
Labels mean little when it comes to reaching correct conclusions about a particular group that carry that particular label.
The same label is carried by many who are not of similar ilk.
The belief system held by one group with a particular label is not identical (and often far removed) from that of another with a similar label.
The labels: Atheist, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu etc. etc. for many (often who don’t stop to think about it for one moment) – presuppose by the particular label – that a set of ideas, beliefs, doctrines, lifestyles and so on, is common to all who subscribe to the label.
i.e. they wrongly presuppose…
Would it not be appropriate to ask – What kind of atheist are you, what kind of Muslim are you, what kind of Jew are you, what kind of Christian are you…?
Free will, – a God-given gift to every human being.
Choose this day whom you will serve….
But get past the labels, before you make your volitional choice. I certainly won’t be manipulating you, nor am I in the least bit interested in controlling your life…
But … your right… you have exposed my intentions, yes I will be honest…
I would consider trying to persuade you…
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”