6 Characteristics of Religion That Can Hinder Your Growth Journey

6 Characteristics of Religion That Can Hinder Your Growth Journey:

1. The “old is gone and the new has come”-mentality can be used as permission to not squarely confront, face, and address the painful or unresolved issues of your past that continue to impact your present life and relationships.

2. The premise that people are inherently bad, born “sinners,” and rejected by God can greatly diminish one’s worth and value, and relationship with self.

3. The tendency to focus on externals, appearances, and change as behavior modification/morality can distract a person from digging deep enough into the layers of who they are, which is necessary for growth and transformation.

4. Seeking/expecting God’s “intervention” in one’s life can cause a kind of passivity where a person doesn’t take responsibility or action in ways they are necessary for growth and transformation.

5. Meeting-based and surface-level relationships, which sometimes characterize institutional church, can often lack the depth, honesty, authenticity and vulnerability that we need in our relationships to support our growth and transformation.

6. The separatist mentality of religious sub-culture can cut people off from connection and relationship with others outside that sub-culture, which significantly limits the people who could contributing to our journey of growth and transformation.

What would you add from your experience?

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2 thoughts on “6 Characteristics of Religion That Can Hinder Your Growth Journey

  1. jonathanmontan says:

    6. The separatist mentality of religious sub-culture can cut people off from connection and relationship with others outside that sub-culture, which significantly limits the people who could contributing to our journey of growth and transformation.

    This one did a lot of damage to my life

  2. Definitely that “separatist mentality” has done more harm to my spiritual growth than just about anything. Though I relate to all of them.

    I’d also say the unrealistic goals of perceived perfection (that perfect Stepford Proverbs 31 myth) #3 which leads to #2 and ultimately eating a whole lot of chocolate and cursing myself for being such a failure.

    Thought provoking list! Thanks

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