As my readers know, I have immersed and re-immersed myself from many different doctrinal systems. See my confessions here. After leaving one of those groups, Evangelical Christianity, I lost most of my friends, including a dear friend from my High School days, Tim. Four years after freedom from Evangelicalism, I ran into Tim again. We were both returning together in a car from my mother’s funeral. Tim had seen me both convert to his flavor of Christianity and then deconvert 5 years later. Tim just happened to be back on furlough from being a Missionary in the Dubai — a tough mission, because Muslims rarely convert.
Tim waited until we had enough polite conversation and then he brought up my lost relationship with Jesus Christ. He started with the four spiritual laws and started quoting scriptures to me in order to bring me back to Jesus.
Tim knew my fervent Christian credentials (see here), yet he still lectured me as if I had never heard of any of the things he was parroting. Tim was doing the Christian script. Never once did he stop to ask about me, my various experiences, my thoughts. And why should he? Because if I didn’t believe what he did, then I must not know these things or must be confused. He had to straighten me out.
He was not talking to Sabio, he was talking *at* a non-Christian.
I’ve had Hindu-phile mystics, Buddhists, Homeopaths, and many more such people do the same to me. Spouting their scripts almost automatically — never wondering if the listener had already heard their religious scripts. They don’t stop to find out about their listener, but instead, they jump right into their hackneyed, impersonal aphorisms and pablum.
They know how things are. They know the truth. They see reality as it truly is. They are all ready to teach you the truth. You are an object — something to be converted. A mistake to be corrected.
Scripts don’t have to be religious, of course, but when they are, they are horribly ugly.
Question for readers: Tell us a story of scripts you caught yourself delivering or haved delivered to you.