Christianity As An Abusive Relationship
We've all seen the image, right?
FanOfNeri did the math to find Bible verses supporting EVERY ONE OF THESE ABUSIVE SENTIMENTS. I'll let him take it away:
So, I went trying to find verses (no context) that would fit each line of this meme:
You're NOTHING without me.
Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
If you even think about leaving me...
Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Romans 2:3 “Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?”
Matthew 25:46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
You don't DESERVE me
Ephesians 2:8(AMP), "For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;"
You'll never find ANYONE as good as me
Psalm 92:15, "To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."
Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19, "And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone."
YOU brought this upon yourself
1 Corinthians 11:29, "For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves."
Romans 5:14, "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come."
Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
I know best
Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;"
Isaiah 55:9, "“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
You're a HORRIBLE person and you need me to be better
Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,".
You're not WORTHY of my love
Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," again.
I'm only doing this because I LOVE you.
Hebrews 12:6, "because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.""
Proverbs 3:11-12, "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."
Psalm 119:75, "I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me."
Revelation 3:19, "'Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent."
Don't listen to ANYONE who doesn't understand what we have.
Psalm 14:1, "The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good."
Also while finding this stuff, here's some other interesting things I found:
On being nothing without God, I found this awful trailer:
Catholic Answers video, "Answering Atheism: You don't need God to be a good person". It has the most pretentious music trying to make this guy sound intellectual as he basically says "MORAL RELATIVISM" over and over while shilling his book.
So yes. It's not our imagination. At its heart, Christianity functions as an abusive relationship. And the more fervent the adherents and the more extremist their beliefs, the more abusive it gets.