2/01/2014 | Share this article: View CommentsBy Beinghuman ~
After doing a lot of research on Christianity, I still wonder how I ever believed in it. I've been an atheist for about a year. Now, I can look back and see through the control religion had on me. I used to think that religions became popular because they truly cared for their followers. Now, I know that religions become popular because they have the most control over their followers. They use several brainwashing techniques to keep their flock in line. I'm sure that many religious people have doubts about their religion, but their faith blocks them from questioning it. I remember that there were certain points where I seriously questioned the Catholic faith, but I was trapped by delusion. Here are some of the things I've noticed about how religion controls their followers.
Parents: Before we are even born we have no choice but to follow our parent's religion. Parents bring us up before we can even reason, and force us to follow their faith. This is how it all starts. Parents are told that they will go to Hell if they don't believe. It's only natural for a parent to care for their children, so they bring them up into the faith as well. This is why religion continues on and on, because our parents were told by their parents and their parents will told by their parents.
Baptism: Baptism isn't in all religions, but several Christian branches follow Baptism. Baptism is the belief that infants should be cleansed with holy water. If they're not, their all loving God will send them to Hell. Baptism is the start of the brainwashing process. Parents want to see their children in Heaven, so they baptize their kids young.
Another process in the Catholic faith is confirmation. This is where a person “chooses” to join the church. Except, that it's not really a choice. By the time you reach this age, you're already brainwashed. The Catholic Church just makes you think you have a choice.
Original Sin: This is a doctrine which states that we are worthy of hellfire. We are so bad, that we don't deserve to go to Heaven. We are so bad, that God had to send his only to son to die for us. Original sin is a very important tool that Christianity uses for control. Christianity is built upon the fact that Jesus came to die for our sins. Christians have such a negative view of themselves that they think they need some Jesus guy to send them to Heaven. If they don't repent and be saved, they have a one way ticket to Hell.
Hell: We've all heard Christians preach to us before. When people come up to us, they will talk about how good their God is. Except, they usually leave out one little part, Hell. Hell is another important part of Christianity. Once they drill into our minds that we are horrible sinners, convincing us of Hell is easy. Many of us have had doubts about Christianity, but fear is a very powerful emotion. We are brought up with detailed images of Hell that are contained throughout the Bible. Hell is a place where demons torture us for eternity. You think Texas is hot during the summer, wait till you get to Hell. Not only is it hot, but there is also a lake of fire. Hell is a place for: atheists, people of other religions, and murderers. No wonder why Christians are terrified to lose their belief.
The 11th Commandment, thou Shalt Not Question: I remember going to church where a priest gave a sermon about doubt. He said that having doubts is fine, but if it causes you to lose faith in Jesus, then it's a sin. And we all know that sin sends us to Hell. He basically implied, don't doubt, or you'll go to Hell. Christians always look at people from other religions and say they're brainwashed, but refuse to look at their own religion. Priests aren't going to say, “I'm going to brainwash you.” Christians don't seem to get that brainwashing occurs through subliminal messaging.
The Catholic Church teaches that masturbating is a mortal sin which will send you to Hell. Sexual Guilt: In my opinion, this has to be the second biggest control factor. Everyone has sexual urges. If you can control their urges, you have them for life. Jesus says that lust is the same as adultery. Christianity constantly demonizes sex and says that you should wait till marriage. Even in marriage, there are still rules about sex you have to follow.
The Catholic Church teaches that masturbating is a mortal sin which will send you to Hell. They know that masturbating is impossible to stop, but they still make it a sin anyways. Teenagers are forced to go to confession and tell a perverted old man that they masturbate. I love how Catholics worship the Virgin Mary, which is another control factor. This says that the Virgin Mary was chosen by God to conceive Christ. So, you should all be virgins and wait for marriage!
Church: I'm still a closet atheist, so I still go to church when I'm with my parents. When I go, I'm amazed at all of the manipulation that goes on. Churches are the perfect way to separate people from the real world. A church is used to make people think they're feeling Jesus. At church, several techniques are used. This includes: incense, candles, dim lighting, and music. All of these things make church feel like a special place and that we are experiencing God. Music is a key tool. Most of the songs are about us being horrible people and how we need saving. Even Amazing Grace says the words, “Saved a wretch like me.” If you hear a lie long enough, you begin to believe it.
Bashing Secular Society: At another sermon I went to the priest bashed secular society. Any wonder why Christians have a negative view of the outside world? They're told that the world is full of sin. If anything bad happens, it must be a sign of the end times. I've heard constantly that we must be of the world, but not part of it. The priest's sermon made me furious. This usually doesn't happen, but I clenched my fist during it. This propaganda bullshit creates an in group out group. Christians feel like they're special, while treating atheists like crap.
In order to break free from the cult of Christianity, one must understand the control factors behind it. This control starts when Christians are very young, and continues throughout their lifetime. Doubts may occur throughout their lives, but Christianity has plenty of fail safes to stop them. Atheists need to have patience when trying to bring Christians to our side. Hopefully, Christians will eventually see the light of reason, and lead a more fulfilling life.
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