COMMUNICATING A THREAT:
How many of us grew up under the teachings of heaven and hell? The good people go to heaven and the bad people go to hell...right?
Yeah buddy.... and it got even more complicated in the group of judgemental hooyahs I grew up around. It also depended on what denomination you were affiliated with. We were Pentecostal and everyone else who was not was most definately HELL BOUND because they did not teach or live the same Holier than thou B.S.
We labled them as "religious sinners"
So, anyone who did not believe exactly the way we did was threatened with Hell and eternal damnation.
Even the "newbies" were threatened. The same old sales pitch was ..."If you were to die raht now without Chrast (Christ) in yur lahf, Hell will be yur home ..Praise Gawd"
Hell, even the Pentecostals argued and judged each other over differences in Dogma. If your not baptized in JESUS NAME...you got a one way ticket ta hell. Courtesy of the the duty radio preacher on any given Sunday.
Thankfully, I managed to retain my sanity and finally come to the realization that it was all a crock of horse dukie and my life is not validated by the craziness of religion. Do I feel threatened? Nah..I'm good