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Are You Still Performing Human Sacrifice?
Thomas F. Fischer
The Biblical record contains numerous prohibitions to performing human sacrifices. Whether it be sacrificing Molech our causing people to go through the fire, human sacrifices no longer happen in the Christian Church.
Or have I spoken too soon?
The Christian church may have many peopleincluding pastorsperforming human sacrifice every day. What theyre sacrificing is themselves.
St. Paul extolled sacrifice in Romans 12 where he exhorted Christians to give themselves as "living sacrifices." But that's not the kind of sacrifice this article is about. The human sacrifice of which I speak is an unbiblical unhealthy, co-dependent tendency to give up our being, our selves, our identity, and even the very essence of Gods special giftedness within us.
1) Your life is "out of balance";
2) Youre good at meeting others needs and lousy at meeting your own;
3) You hesitate to speak up about your own legitimate needs;
4) You have a lot of one-way relationships;
4) You give a lot away and get nothing in return;
5) Your image of yourself is based on what happens outside of you, not within you;
6) You are afraid of people who are controlling;
7) You are afraid and intimidated by others anger. Thus, you do everything to please them you possibly can;
8) You are extremely sensitive to personal criticism, even though you may hid it relatively well;
9) You feel guilty when You stand up for yourself, your needs or legitimate wants;
10) You are overly dependent on others to maintain your sense of balance and security. If they leave, you're imbalanced and devastated;
11) You are dependent on the encouragement of others to avoid failure. Without their encouragement you get overwhelmed and begin "awful-izing" behaviors;
12) You will do almost anything to keep people from criticizing you including lying, stretching the truth, exaggerating, reversing positions, avoiding taking positions, becoming aloof, etc.;.
13) You believe that theres no limit to what a Christian should do to help others and your work schedule reflects it!
14) You do more than your share in any relationship;
15) You use helping others as a way to control or influence others to like or pay attention to you;
16) Because you do so much for others, you expect them to do what you ask (read "demand") them to do for you. Of course, it is because they "love Jesus", right???
17) Others allow you to keep sacrificing yourself and thus "use" you to support them at the expense of sacrificing yourself;
18) You cant understand why people dont respect and like you when you do so much for them;
19) You dont express your anger. You just hold it all in behind your nice, passive-aggressive "Christian" smile;
20) You believe no one respects or accepts you apart from what you do for them.
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