Not all Christians are best dealt with using religion. Sometimes the best course of action is to lead them to the opposite extreme called spirituality. As a matter of fact, it is one of our primary means of neutralizing would-be Christians these days. While a religious extreme mimics the rigidity of dogma while substituting human truths in place of the Enemy’s, a spiritual extreme mimics the emotional sensation of spiritual experiences while substituting human perceptions in place of actual spiritual events.
The first step in creating a spiritual Christian is to cultivate in them a disdain for organized religion. One way to accomplish this is to focus their attention on the various wars and other acts of violence that have been perpetrated “in the name of the Enemy”. Another approach is to use the existence of various denominations within Christianity as a fulcrum to move the human away from the Church. The fact that various denominations exist says more about humanity and our work than it does about the Enemy’s precious Church, but, fortunately, it is quite easy for humans to overlook the big picture. Whatever the means, your goal is to isolate the flesh creature from the rest of the Church.
By segregating the human from the Church, you are able to severely limit or even eliminate the means of communal discernment. As a result, the flesh creature’s spiritual life begins to rest more and more on their subjective experience rather than on verified, spiritual fact. One of the functions that the Church and Tradition serve is to provide a baseline against which individual wisdom and discernment can be tested. This authority is not unlike the latticework in a garden: it provides guidance to the free growth of individual vines and allows them to climb ever higher. When we take away this lattice, we can turn the vines into a tangled pile on the ground.
In terms of creating that tangled mess, there are a variety of options available. One of the most effective ways is to play off of the human aversion to guilt. Given that humans are imperfect, it is inevitable that they will come across some decree within the Enemy’s propaganda that pricks their conscience. Rather than accepting the guilt, they would much rather reinterpret and rationalize what they have read. Since they do not have the Church Tradition or fellow Christians to challenge their rationalizations, it is very easy to sell them a manufactured truth.
When a human rejects something, they typically begin to look down on it (if they didn’t already). They come to the conclusion that “if I didn’t choose it, then it must be bad because I choose good things and don’t choose bad things.” It is very easy to follow up this conclusion by smuggling in some arrogance that will aid you later on. If you can make the flesh creature proud of being more “enlightened” than its fellows, you needn’t use guilt to prod them away from the Enemy. As a matter of fact, the human may proactively depart from the Enemy’s propaganda so that they may feed their ego with the notion of being groundbreaking and knowing deeper truths than others.
This pride is also useful when exploiting the emotional sensations we pass off as spiritual experiences. It is a simple formula: 1) the rush they feel is what it means to have a relationship with the Enemy. 2) If anyone questions (1), they are either jealous or a stereotypically dry Christian. As you can see, it is a self-perpetuating apparatus that accomplishes multiple ends: It creates the illusion of spiritual growth without actually providing it, it further alienates the flesh creature from the Church, and it makes their beliefs more malleable for us. Emotions are a powerful force for humans, which is why they are of great strategic importance. If the flesh creature feels like they have a close relationship with the Enemy, there is very little that can convince them otherwise.
The primary strength of guiding a Christian to a “spiritual” extreme is that you are able to remove the influence of the larger Church. The pride component is merely a boost to this end. Without the Church to test their own conclusions, it is much easier to manipulate the human’s beliefs. It becomes a simple matter of getting them to feel a certain way about a proposition. We are essentially able to use subjective experience to shape their perceived reality. Combined with pride, this makes a wonderful filtering mechanism by which we shut off any influence but our own.
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