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self whipping

do some sects still do self whippings? some monks used to, other religious sects etc etc. some said it was to relate to the pain of jesus or osmething around those lines, others it was for penance etc.

which ones do that still?

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moki1984

Asked by moki1984 at 3:36 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • My opinion they have issues no were in the Bible does it say whip yourself
    looovemybabies

    Answer by looovemybabies at 3:39 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • pain releases endorphines..which can give you a sorta high like state of mind after while...so ic an see for some they might of associated that chemical reaction with some sort of heavenly feeling . you can literally get stoned off of pain dependent on its levels and how much of it
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 3:45 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • There are some ultra-orthodox sects that supposedly use self-flagellation. Opus Dei is rumored to be one of them.

    Corporeal mortification is also supposed to help steer you away from sin.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Opus Dei....i think.
    MommyLee08

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 4:51 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • yea ive heard of opus dei. they claim to be the ones who dont pick and choose what to follow and are strict grrrr literal by the book.

    but i personally dont believe its allliteral so i wouldnt do too well with them lol.

    on that movie d vinci code they talked about them actually now that i thinka bout it.

    i can see how it could help someones spirituality but you would really have to have the right mindset with that and do it for the right reasons
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 5:14 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Martin Luther was supposedly bit on self floggings.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:37 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Like when you fast - you feel the pains of hunger, but from it you learn discipline and self-control. That's also the idea behind corporal mortication - it's a means in which we strengthen the will and the spirit by giving the flesh a hard time. It can also be done as a form of penance and sacrifice to recall Christ's sacrifice for us. That doesn't mean people should go around whipping themselves. Such parctices should not draw blood or cause damage to the person - masochism is not part of Catholic spirituality nor is 'cutting'. The portay in the Da Vinci code is way off (and rather disrespectful to those involved in Opus Dei). This article talks about Opus Dei and corporal mortification.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Self-whipping is masochism however you try to justify it with a dose of religious double-talk.. If people want to do it , fine, it is a free country. But all this talk of justifying it on the grounds of Jesus' sacrifice and sprirituality is pure humbug .
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 11:50 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Self-whipping is masochism however you try to justify it with a dose of religious double-talk.. If people want to do it , fine, it is a free country. But all this talk of justifying it on the grounds of Jesus' sacrifice and sprirituality is pure humbug .



    Rather judgemental statement. Masochism is receiving sexual pleasure from pain - if self-whipping was really masochistic for everyone then it wouldn't involve sacrifice and it wouldn't be reminicent of Christ's sacrifice. Just like if one fasts because they want to fit into a dress isn't spiritually fulfilling - but fasting as an act of penance and sacrifice for a spiritual purpose is fulfilling. There is nothing wrong with experiencing physical discomfort in an effort to grow spiritually.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:26 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Self-flagellation or mortification is a mockery of what christians say about christ, isnt' it? If you are going to put your body through a whipping (like Opus Dei) or through a mock crucifixion (some Catholic sects), what value does that put on the sacrifice of Jesus? Doesn't it say, "Sorry man, but what you did FOR me wasn't good enough. I have to do it myself." Didn't he supposedly go through all of that so his followers WOULDN'T have to? I am sooooo happy to have left that insanity behind me!!
    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 3:51 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

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