Negative Reinforcement Further ideas and concepts[ edit ] Distinguishing between positive and negative can be difficult and may not always be necessary; focusing on what is being removed or added and how it is being removed or added will determine the nature of the reinforcement. Negative reinforcement is not punishment.
Thursday, January 16, God Is Heartless.
Other than for funerals and weddings, I have not attended a church service since reuniting with my oldest son. Though I was never one who flashed her religious beliefs around, who could pull up a bible quote on demand or recite theology in any way that could ever make sense, I was, for so long, a faithful Lutheran, baptized and confirmed, active as a Fellowship Director and Sunday School Teacher.
And yet, today, the only thing I feel when it comes to Religion, Christianity and God is anger and heart break.
Though I have worked through so much in the past years when it comes to adoption, I still find myself triggered, angered, devastated when it comes to the horrible ways God is used to justify some of the worst acts of adoption.
Though I still cling, barely, to my own belief in God, I find myself loathing the God so many Christians shove into adoption to justify their own selfish desires. Their own need to punish.
Their desperate attempts to make their actions feel better by using Him as their excuse. But sometimes they slip through. Sometimes I read, I watch, I hear. And that same old pain and anger comes back.
Like it did in this video. And yet when it comes to the heartless, cruel God that is used to punish vulnerable, pregnant mothers, strip innocent children away from their family, all so He can show His wonderful Grace and work His miracles by satisfying the selfish desires of others, I still find myself struggling, dealing with my emotions taking over.
Why, when I have worked through so much, faced the absolute worst loss in my life. I can still be vulnerable to such ridiculous triggers like the video I linked to above.
Because, as they state in the video. How does God determine that such selfish desires should be fulfilled at the terrible pain and loss of others?
The innocent baby, stripped from his or her family to satisfy the wants of others? They play the wonderful gospel music in the background.
Proclaim how wonderful God and His love is. Yes, that wonderful God. The one who leads vulnerable, pregnant mothers to believe that it is His will, His desire, for them to give their sons, their daughters, away to someone deemed more deserving.
That demands adoptees be grateful to be adopted because He knew, before they were ever born, that it was best for them to be conceived in the wrong womb and then given away to the rightful, deserving family after their birth.
The one who others will pray to for you if you dare to share any form of grief over the losses you have suffered through adoption. The one who strikes out in the worst of punishment by expecting a vulnerable, pregnant mother to give up her child in order to make up for her sins. Who planned, all along, for her to go through the terrible suffering of losing her child because He already knew her child was meant to satisfy the selfish desires of another.
The God who is not about helping out mothers and children in need. Who turns a blind eye to the desperate need for support and help to keep families together. Because, why do I give a damn? Why do I continue to let it hurt me, trigger me?
I was never one to be deeply immersed in my religion, my beliefs. I had my faith. I found a connection, a comfort, I could never fully explain, in my Sunday mornings in Church.
In communion, when I always felt the closest to God.
But I was far from one who dedicated her life to her belief. I sinned, I erred. I completely screwed things up. I just existed the best I knew how. I believed in God.Full text of the (Fourth) Edition of Robert's Rules of Order, with index and keyword search, lesson outlines and Plan for Study of Parliamentary Law.
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They understand the benefits of adoption and want what is best for their child. Because of open adoption, relationships can be ongoing between these women and their children. Today, adoption is a widely accepted option for a woman who is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and is considering adoption for ANY reason.
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