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Christianity is still a prescriptive religion rather than a facilitative path.

Absolutely. I think you can use Christianity to find you own way, but it's heavily discouraged by the churches.

Over all, I think your conjecture is very right on. The one nitpicking I would say is that when christianity (or any other philosophy / religion) really was beneficial in helping people find their 'path' is before it became ORGANIZED. As soon as you introduce formal organization you begin to lose your way. I think this is true of all religions, including the pagan religions. I think it is less so for most pagan religions, but as soon as you start 'organizing' your spirituality you start losing your spirituality.

I think the problem is less the organization than the assignment of someone else to make your spiritual decisions for you. Can you imagine everyone on one of the investment philosophy boards choosing a leader to make all of the investment decisions for everyone on the board? You might be able to debate and explore options, but once the official leader decides about a particular stock, everyone on the board obeys. No one would be willing to let all their financial decisions be dictated by another person. Why are they willing to let someone else tell them how to live their spiritual lives?

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