Many try to blame #SpiritualAbuse on another group's understanding of scripture, but this is not the case. Spiritual Abuse is a complex web of control obtained through techniques and teachings.
When the second group says you were abused because they did not adhere to scripture "properly" what they are implying is that they have the proper understanding. This should alert us to possible issues of rigidity. Rigid views of Scripture often are precursors to spiritual abuse.
Any group that thinks they have the Truth, can then move on to controlling members' behaviors, information, thoughts, and emotions.
Healthy spirituality allows for differences of opinions, lets people diverge in behaviors, lets them do their own research, and allows them to feel their losses and loves.
When I left the JWs I was recruited by an equally abusive form of Christianity who said, "They had the wrong view of scripture."
I don't buy this line of BS any more. A group can teach erroneous interpretations, but if they are loving and allow members freedom to learn and decide, that group will avoid inflicting further harm.
I most appreciate teachers who say, "This is one way of viewing this, others have viewed it this way too."
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