In a world where religion is often used for control, this blog post will help you recognize when someone else may be using your beliefs to manipulate and control you. If any of these signs seem familiar, know that it’s not too late. Let go of toxic relationships with those who don’t respect your boundaries and take back the power in your own life!
1. You are trying to force your religious beliefs on others
Your religious beliefs are causing a divide in society.
You’ve somehow managed to convince others that your religion is the only right one and they’re trying as hard as possible to convert everyone else into following it, too. It’s not just their way or no way – it’s all of us living under these oppressive rules if we don’t follow them!
2. You have stopped listening to the needs of those you love and instead focus only on what will benefit you
You have given up all sense of perspective in order to do whatever it takes for your own good, even if that means taking away anyone else’s happiness because they don’t matter as much as yourself.
3. Your partner is not allowed to go out with friends or date other
people because it would make them “unclean”
Your partner is not allowed to go out with friends or date other people because it would make them “unclean” but you’re still going. What’s more, your mate feels guilty when they do have a night off for themselves and feel like they need your permission before making any plans. You are twisting religion into something that benefits only yourself and no one else – which doesn’t sound very holy now does it?
4. When someone disagrees with you, they are labelled as “evil” or “a sinner”
The word ‘control’ can have positive implications such as exercising discipline and self-restraint; however, in this context, we are referring to an unhealthy form where individuals using religion for control will often decide what’s right and wrong without listening to anyone else – making decisions based solely on their understanding of scripture. It might start out seemingly innocent enough by only verbally criticizing someone when they do something against doctrine, but soon escalates into issuing threats which could be physical abuse if disobeyed. This type of behavior isn’t limited strictly to religious practices
5. You believe that God wants your family to be perfect – even if this means hurting yourself or another person in the process
You may be using religion to control others if you believe that God wants your family to be perfect – even if this means hurting yourself or another person in the process. This harsh standard could lead people who are not as spiritually strong, for example, those with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety disorders, from believing they deserve anything other than punishment by their maker. In addition, it can bring about one of two outcomes: either slave-like obedience due to fear of eternal damnation or an escape into addiction because “anything is better” than being saved but damned.”