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Is it okay to use emotions as a primary means to witness?

I was watching this show on EWTN and there was this group of people that spent money researching how to get women not to choose to get abortions.

And they explained that getting women to intellectually realize that abortions are murder was usually ineffective.

So they decided to research how to use videos that worked on an emotional level, to get women to decide not to get abortions, more subtly instead of directly.

(If I remember correctly they gave examples like a woman fire fighter rescuing a baby from a burning building, was a video they used near the time of September 11)

If I remember correctly they would show the videos and than poll women about their beliefs about abortion or how willing they would be to get an abortion if they were to get pregnant (or something like that), after watching the videos.

They said that an emotional approach appeared to be more effective to reach to women than an intellectual approach, based on the results.

So that people do not accuse me of being sexist I would like to point out that I am not trying to stereotype all women, by blindly claiming that all or most women behave the same way as the women who I have known a significant amount of time. Also it is fact that men and women are different, so it is okay to discuss that men and women might be different.

Throughout my life, I have noticed that if people use emotions as a primary means to try to determine truth and morality and as a means to make decisions it can have very disastrous results.

I also noticed that most women (who I have interviewed about how they make their religious decisions and known a long enough amount of time) seem to make their religious decisions primarily on emotions

I noticed that most men who make their religious decisions primarily on emotions tend to go down a bad path.

It seems that if I try to explain the truth to a man intellectually it sometimes works fine, but if I try to explain the truth to a woman intellectually, they tend to have a negative response…


Keywords: [tag]women[/tag], [tag]emotional[/tag], [tag]religious[/tag], [tag]emotions[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]




What is the Church?

In doing a little research on Church status I was rather alarmed to learn that the IRS and "court decisions" have circumvented the 1st Amendment by defining "Church". Apparently you are free to exercise your right to practice your religion as long as you meet the IRS definition of a "Church". Otherwise you are required to obtain 501(c)(3) status and be regulated by the government.

1st amendment to the Constitution of the Untied States of America:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

IRS Definition of a “Church”:

IRS Publication 1828:

"Church. Certain characteristics are generally attributed to churches. These attributes of a church have been developed by the IRS and by court decisions. They include: distinct legal existence; recognized creed and form of worship; definite and distinct ecclesiastical government; formal code of doctrine and discipline; distinct religious history; membership not associated with any other church or denomination; organization of ordained ministers; ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed courses of study; literature of its own; established places of worship; regular congregations; regular religious services; Sunday schools for the religious instruction of the young; schools for the preparation of its ministers. The IRS generally uses a combination of these characteristics, together with other facts and circumstances, to determine whether an organization is considered a church for federal tax purposes.

The IRS makes no attempt to evaluate the content of whatever doctrine a particular organization claims is religious, provided the particular beliefs of the organization are truly and sincerely held by those professing them and the practices and rites associated with…


Keywords: [tag]irs[/tag], [tag]church[/tag], [tag]organization[/tag], [tag]religious[/tag]

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Doctrine trumps law?

A Federal Judge ruled that when a certain practice (in this case abuse) is defined within a religious organization’s doctrine that any such doctrine is beyond the discretion of the courts and therefore a protected practice…

http://jonathanturley.org/2010/08/12/sc … more-25666

Outside of a religious institution this type of activity is clearly illegal and criminal charges would quickly follow, but apparently as long as it is part of a church’s doctrine it is allowed. This begs the question; would this ruling not also apply to Warren Jeffs since he was apparently operating in his official capacity following their church doctrine? Personally I don’t agree with the FLDS doctrine, but my point is that the same case this judge made for not ruling against Scientology could very easily be an argument used by the FLDS or any other "religious" organization for that matter.

The more I look into these kind of things the more it seems to me that we really are a lawless society, and the government simply uses whatever laws it thinks appropriate at the time to persecute whoever they feel like picking on at the moment…


Keywords: [tag]doctrine[/tag], [tag]religious[/tag], [tag]trumps[/tag], [tag]law[/tag]

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