The Golden Calf in the Room

How do you tell the difference between Christianity and Battered Wife Syndrome? How can you have a healthy relationship with thin air? Why were even the Israelites in scripture so eager for a way out that they would literally fashion a brand-new “god” just for someone that wouldn’t abandon them for little reason? Do modern people worship things without admitting that what they’re engaging in is “worship”? Does love punish your relatives and countrymen for your crimes? Is “karma” a form of victim-blaming?