Chapter 3 Question 3

“False sacrifice is an actual avoidance of any real ‘renouncing’ of the self, while looking generous or dedicated.” -Richard Rohr

Why do you think false sacrifice is so problematic? What is it at the root of such false sacrifice that makes it, to use Rohr’s term, the ground of “most bogus religion”?

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 3 Question 3

  1. I think that false sacrifice is the enabler for guilt. I have heard many people say to their children “all I have sacrificed for you….”. To me, that creates a feeling to guilt on the receiver of the statement and can be used as a means of control and can also make someone feel degraded.

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  2. I agree, Sandy. I also think that one of the big problems with false sacrifice is that it is still self-centered, even as it pretends not to be. “Look how wonderfully self-sacrificing I am” is still making it all about me. It’s still about ego and control; it’s just selfishness and self-centeredness in disguise, when we were created to be other-centered.

    Where I disagree with Rohr (and it may be that I don’t disagree with him, but that he wasn’t as precise as he might have been) is with the insinuation that all sacrifice is bad. I think that when the sacrifice is truly other-centered, when it is truly about what is best and most loving for the other with no thought of cost to self, it is truly of God. Then again, maybe when our generosity and dedication are truly other-centered, they are no longer sacrifice…

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