Spiritual abuse is rampant and causes considerable mental health issues, including PTSD and Complex PTSD, along with depression, anxiety and suicide.
Not many are talking about this, but I will.
I am aware of how rampant spiritual/religious abuse is, and the effects of it. Which of course, most church people choose to ignore, or minimize, justify, rationalise – and all those other cognitive distortions many church people have.
I understand the devastating effects of spiritual abuse, the amount of abuse occurring within religion, along with child abuse, domestic violence, child sexual abuse and all the emotional/psychological/mental abuse that pervades religion.
I’ve been attacked by ‘church people’, for raising this issue. Further abuse.
Tough, I don’t care whether they approve or not. I will raise it anyway. Because I have the empathy and compassion needed to support and care about those affected by religious/spiritual abuse.
I should add here…. I am a Christian. Just not one that chooses spiritual abuse, or condoning, enabling and justifying it, like far too many church people.
This pervading abuse so many participate in, is absolutely nothing to do with God, or a reflection of Jesus.