event_horizon wrote:Right, and all the atrocities, slavery, orders to kill people, and genocide committed by the Biblical "God" are ignored. Let's fill their heads with only the good parts, eh?
So are you trying to tell me (in your corner of the world) that children are never told even once about "Hell"? It doesn't matter if it comes from the church, sunday school, the parents, or some nutjob teacher, they'll be told about it from some Christian in their lives. And when they hear it it'll scare the crap out of them, and by the time they're adults they'll be so brainwashed by the religion itself, the chances of them overcoming it and thinking for themselves and choosing their own path through life is slim to none, with "Hell" being the most descouraging factor from them doing so...because "oh my, what if it's true?"
If that were true, then we would be living in a world where everything is just about perfect because everybody would be too afraid to do anything. Can't you see how stupid that statement sounds? I read that the statistics within the church are almost the same as those outside the church. That blows your theory right out of the water.
event_horizon wrote:So tell me, when were you first told about "Hell"? Were you already indoctrinated before being told?
I was not raised in a home that went to church or by parents who, as far as I know, believed in God. My grandmother took me to a Methodist church a few times but I can tell you I wasn't interested.
I am almost certain that I first became aware of hell through a Tom & Jerry cartoon.
qmark wrote:However, I must say, one can not be "indoctrinated" into being a Christian.
How's that?...when children are being dragged into church before they're in kindergarten...before they're even capable of rational thought, yes they are being indoctrinated. If that's not indoctrination then I don't know what is.
Again, what a bunch of hooey. I know my fair share of Catholics who, by your definition, were indoctrinated into the Catholic religion at an early age, but now wouldn't go near a church, any church. That also blows your theory out of the water.
I repeat, one can not be indoctrinated INTO BEING A CHRISTIAN. One can learn all the terminology, learn all the preceps, learn all the tennets of the faith, but that does not make one a Christian.