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about the project: “*********************************” is the result of the partnership of Anchorsaway and Cross Section Ventures. It is a 21-lesson small group study designed for all ages. Each lesson begins with a cutting edge video clip followed by a short study and discussion questions. To go deeper, the Unanswered book that accompanies the study guide can be read. ******************** 2014-03-06 19:59:00 GMT 2014-03-22 16:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 15 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 15 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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Our research indicates that there is a much more subtle but just as dangerous scandal that has been gaining momentum in nearly every culture of the worlds religions. This scandal has many names but for the purpose of our review we are calling it ”the performance trap”. This is a much more penetrating portion of our study when we measure our findings that are filtered against - why people would rather not participate in a system that constantly points out their inability to meet the lofty standards of goodness, holiness, spiritual health and even love from others. At the core of this issue is a common theme that is running through every religion at some level. Yes – and surprising to many self defined spiritual people …..all of the world’s religions do have many characteristics in common.
This subtle scandal is the notion that achieving and maintaining good behavior means a less angry god. It’s a logical way to think, especially for those of us who have felt the pain of failing people that we look up to for acceptance. Religion for some people is the appropriate pathway to acceptance and favor while for others it’s nothing more than a handed down tradition that feels right and looks good. Then there are those that believe religion is the building block to different forms of eternal rewards.
For so many religion is an invention by man to control and manage behavior. That’s the common ground for nearly every person that has either had a bad taste of the God they thought they knew. Even worse - are those that have spent most of their life in a belief structure but don’t know why they really believe what they profess to be truth and superior to other individual’s beliefs? So is there more to God and spirituality than picking the right belief pathway to bet your eternity on? The weight of this is gamble is overwhelming - especially when you have tasted or experienced a form of religion that in the deepest part of your soul you know is either a lie or filled with cracks.
Even worse are those that have taken the challenge to speak up and ask their respective faith leaders how they can be sure that what they teach to be absolute truth – only to be given answers that are nothing more than conjecture, tradition and without any form of proof. Too often just being told that we just need to have faith! ….Well, that’s the equivalent of when we were children and asked our parent’s the infamous “Why” question – only to hear “because I said so”. Still it’s a non answer no matter how you look at it.
From our research it appears that every religion shares two common themes:
FIRST: good behavior plus good performance – equal- a happy god and a reward when we die, but only if our good behavior outweighs our bad behavior. Many call this theology this theology of “living a good and moral life”
SECOND : from the top of the religious food chain all the way down to the ordinary participant – the vast majority are convinced that their choice of religion and god is absolute and the only “real” truth . Sadly, they can’t explain any substantive evidence or validation.
So, have we all have become performance addicts? It makes sense. We’ve been trained from an early age to be drawn close to those people or things that give us approval and satisfaction. From our parents - melting with smiles and applause at our first steps - or the loud cheers of acclimation when we score a goal – we earn some form of affirmation.
From the beginning, every culture and human being has been shaped by the presence and approval of others. We live to seek the affirmation of people and long term this approval-driven performance often comes with a price tag that is more expensive than we first understood. Our research “Screams” that this is most people’s view of religion and god. The pressure is on from the moment we first learn that our performance is tied to receiving something - especially love. It’s only natural to believe that this is the character of a higher power that is either pleased or dis-pleased with our behavior and performance.
So what happens when individuals bring this attitude of approval-driven performance into their faith exploration? Is it possible that good performance doesn’t equal any religions eternal nirvana?. We set out to explore these tough questions that were outlined in the previous segments only to find this overwhelming common thread of performance as a basis for earning things – especially love – as the one true god people have been taught to look to. “If we are a better person our God of choice will have to love us more. – right?”
What if there is a God and his love for us had nothing to do how well we live life? Is this ludicrous? How can the only thing that all religions promote and agree on - is that performance is the master to our destiny? Is it really all up to us?
What if the truth is that every religion is no more than a system for those at the top to control those who seek approval and love while lining their own pockets - or at the very least feeding their own need to be known and appreciated? While this might sound too far-reaching, it’s not so easy to dismiss. One thing is for certain in our findings - the by-product of a performance based religious system has led to a expansive generation of people that have had enough of whatever is being peddled them in the form of God. The heartbeat of this group of people are distrusting of almost everything. In their world there is no truth, no meaning, and no certainty. They feel lied to…..especially by those who pretend to have God and Religion all figured out. They are a generation that has mastered the skill set of seeing duplicity in its most corrupt forms. Yet, even with such a distrusting view of the world…. there is no problem in trusting themselves. Why is this? When belief of something - other than ones self is dead, someone or something will usually take the place. Someone will always be God. Self, interpretation, and personal taste are the markers of this new and growing religion. Simply stated this group of individuals have enough “scare tissue” to make the argument that there way is the right way. It would appear- from our research - that this group – often labeled as “Postmoderns” are the generation that has said “no thanks” to the corruption, judgement, abuse, oppression and other turn-offs that are running rampant throughout all of the worlds religions.
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