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Christian evangelists target children. Part 2

08 October 2012, 13:01

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Christian evangelists target children! Part1. Read that first if you may and then Part 2 will be in context. 

Christian evangelists target children. Part 2 

We have a situation in South Africa where millions, from birth up through all their formative and impressionable years, both at home and at Christian schools, are fed cultural myths from the Bible as if they were factual stories. 

This strikes me not just as reprehensible but as an admission that credulity is a requirement for believing literally in the Bible. Children are fed these improbable and implausible stories before they are taught how to rationalise and how to sort the implausible from the plausible, the patently ridiculous from the scientifically verified. Children are at the most educationally vulnerable point in their lives. Yet who are the people they trust the most? 

Who are the elders in their lives whose truths they take on unquestioningly? Is it not there parents and grandparents, and their teachers at school and at Church? As children they have no hope of being able to decipher whether such “truth” claims are probable or not. They don’t even think to question such claims. It is only after these cultural memories are embedded that children learn about life, about science, about how to tell a lie from a truth, about the notion that you can’t trust everyone, even those close to you. 

Their grand parents and parents never questioned anything they were told from the Bible at Church so why should their offspring? They have been inoculated against reason, science and nature where ever these are in conflict with the Bible. These Bible myths bypass the analytical vetting process, when they are adults, because they have become embedded in their minds before the process was even learnt. In any case there is not much enlightenment that we can learn form past generations as they were much more ignorant then we are today. 

Our goal should be to teach children how to be loving, caring, considerate, tolerant and kind. Christianity tries to achieve the same goal but it is pre packaged in doctrines of original sin where all of mankind is born in total depravity. So every human is now conveniently in need of a saviour who makes atonement for “our sin”. If you do not accept this “free gift” of salvation you are doomed and your punishment will be eternity in the biggest torture chamber in the universe. These volatile cocktails of doctrines might vary from Church to Church but they result in producing real fear of a non existent God and horror of his punishment. God and his holy book the Bible, both of which produce fear and disgust are of no value as role models. Therefore infecting children with this religious meme (virus) should be and is particularly upsetting to all rational people. 

The fact that children are easily led, and believe and trust their parents should cause adults to raise them without religion, and only teach religion/s when they can make their own choice. Tell your kids about Jesus if you like but also tell them about Buddha, Mohammad, Santa, Cinderella, tooth fairy, etc but do not tell them they are real. I think it is better to instil universal values of: love, wisdom, ethics, morality, tolerance, happiness and the joy of life. People all over the world, no matter what their culture or religion will affirm that love, wisdom and life are more important then cruel, exclusive, bigoted and intolerant religious dogma and doctrines propagated by fundamentals all over the planet. 

The other day I heard someone singing a song to their child about Noah’s Ark. The emphasis was on the fact that only eight were saved and that God is great because he saved Noah and put a rainbow in the sky to prove his love for us. That is only half the story, what about all the millions of innocent people and babies, animals etc murdered by the flood. It’s like the hymn “All things bright and beautiful the lord God made them all” what about all things, that are not bright and beautiful, but cruel and evil, did the lord God make those as well? See what I mean, what kind of so called education is that? 

So kids are force fed biased, cheery picked and contentious theology and dogma that saturate all the songs and Bible stories that they are exposed to. As kids you don’t understand it and would rather have been running around outside, but you try to be “reverent” in the presence of a fearsome God and also to avoid the disapproving parental glares, and you believe whatever you are told with out questioning. In any case you are not allowed to ask a question and if you are brave or dumb enough to ask one; the teacher, parent or Pastor does not really know the answer because he has also been inoculated against reason. You sing all the songs about being washed in Jesus’ blood whiter than the snow, you feel guilty for making him die with your six-year-old evilness, and you are grateful for being saved from the fiery tortures of hell. Can a child even understand eternal hell and absence from the presence of God and not be scared out of their mind?

So the only way to break this cycle of religious stupidity that has been passed on for thousands of years is for the adults to think for themselves, be completely honest for the first time in their lives and de-convert. That is hard as religion is addictive offers comfort and is a crutch to the weak like drugs and strong drink are for addicts. Belief systems that hold a large sway over people’s lives but do not provide sufficient valid evidence for why they should be followed, should be abandoned. We need to hold those religious teachers who indoctrinate children accountable and never let them forget the damage that they are doing to their own and other people's children. 

How many children’s hearts are broken when they grow up and their parents tell them that the innocent and charming story of Father Christmas is not real? But the magic and excitement it brings into the child’s life is worth it. So Father Christmas is okay as pretend brings spice to life. But the valuable lesson learnt from the Santa incident should wake one up to the fact that all stories learnt as a child should be scrutinised and not just accepted by blind faith. 

But religion does not work like that. No one ever tells you that it is just a story and is not real. Your minister or parents never tell you “you know all that stuff we’ve been saying about God, hell, heaven, young earth creation, etc - Yeah - well it probably is not true. We would like it to be true but the actual evidence is lacking, so we cannot be sure, we believe it to be true, but we just do not know.” Has a Christian ever told his child that? If he has he is on his way to losing his faith and will likely end up apostate, which would be good thing for him and his family. 

To be contd.

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