In Korea recently mass media has carried the stories of religious people involved in con schemes. This upsets the religious people in society and a question to the Catholic Peace Weekly on the feelings of a reader when he hears these stories and wonders about his own faith life when those who are leaders in religion show this kind of behavior.
columnist begins by telling the reader that one mud fish can easily
muddy the water. Crooks are present in religion as in all
the other areas of life. Moreover, in religion it's actually easier to
con a person for the victims are more open to believing the person is
speaking the truth. In many other fields persons are quick to doubt but religious people when they encounter priests, ministers or Buddhist monks are ready and conditioned to believe, making religion an easy place to
Since a con person is asking for money
it is rather easy to determine and distinguish the motive but since they
are clever even when they succeed their followers don't quickly
decrease in numbers. We have a number of ways in which they do their
The defense mechanism they often use is speaking in a way that is just opposite to what they are
truly about: reaction formation. An example would be speaking about
justice and the poor and acting contrarily. Love for the poor is a natural trait of a
religious person and when this is done to an extreme one's
antennas go up.
justice and welfare and the like are overly stressed there may be a search for material
things and honors. People have difficulty
criticizing their actions. Externally they are just persons showing
an interest in the welfare of the poor and this image is not easily
The second category are those who use treats
in their approach. You feel their energy when they approach you. This is
seen in the new religious groups but also in the traditional groups,
where prayers are asked to a degree that is beyond a persons possibility
and asking for donations and thanksgiving gifts.
this case believers find it difficult to reject for they are afraid
that something will happen if they refuse a person who is doing so much
good. These persons know the weak points of the common person and
manipulate their anxieties for their benefit. They make
threatening prophesies about the family and the souls of the dead because
of their sins and push people into a neurotic state.
are not the object of rejection but of respect because people think that
rejecting them they are rejecting God. In conclusion he recommends
what to do to avoid being caught in a religious fraud. We need to be mature Christians
and know the teachings of the Lord. When you have a integral
understanding of the Gospels and their flow you will feel an instinctive
rejection of the behavior of these con artists.