Compare and Contrast (religious and non-religious)

Compare and Contrast (religious and non-religious) The following is a poem from the book Taste Your Emotions that relates to this: “Rebirth” I rub my eyes, Is it true? I am smiling Giddy with joy I look at myself in the mirror It is like a new me, looking back. Warm sun sits on my face Blue skies float inside my eyes. Happiness of my smile glitters like the stars I feel new, the mountains of my life did not landslide. For now, I stand here growing strong. My life came from a hard seed of hate. Now changed and strong, I spring forth into a sturdy tree of love. As a religious believer, I was a far cry from the individual I am now. Almost a complete opposite juxtaposition can be seen in most areas. Some of my past fanaticism mirrors my family’s’ membership in a strict religious Christian cult called “The Local Church”. Theologically, the Local Church is considered by most Christian apologists and counter cult professionals to be a cult of Christianity. According to cult leader Witness Lee, all are evil, even others in Christianity are viewed as blind, fallen, poor, and degraded. Witness Lee calls all other Christian denominational groups harlot daughters of the whore of Babylon (Apologetics Index, 2009). I was also uncaring as a result of my parents’ sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse and living in a community of aggression and violence. This oppression and empathy robbing happened both in the home as well as from being from tough schools and neighborhoods in southern california which exposed me directly to seeking approval through...