Table of Contents
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The Bible:  Worthy of Your Trust?


Eyewitness Testimony Invalidated

     Responses to Eyewitness Testimony Invalidated

God Is Not The Author

History or HIS-STORY?

How Firm A Foundation... of Forgeries???

James the Brother of Jesus

Schizophrenia and Personal Revelations

     Responses to Schizophrenia




The God of The Bible

Biblegod Is Not Perfect

    Responses to Biblegod Not Perfect

Biblegod The Warcriminal

    Responses to Biblegod
The Warcriminal


Tyrannosaurus Pettius Rex

Jehovah Unmasked

In or Out or Neit
her


Acts of God

September 11th Biblegod Did Nothing

    Responses to September 11th




The God of The Bible:
Does He Exist?

E=MC Disproves God

    Responses to E=MC

How To Prove The Existence of God

    Responses to How To Prove The Existence of God

Shopping For A God

Transcendental La La Land




Caught in a Lie:  Contradictions Within The Bible

Don't Be Such A Cretan

The Genealogy of Jesus

Galilee vs Jerusalem

Matthew vs John

Intrinsic Contradictions

Splainin To Do

The Intercontinental Ballistic Jesus

The Sign on The Cross

     Responses to The Sign on The Cross




Sand, Not Rock:  What Christianity is Really Built Upon

The Atonement

Monotheism Not Biblical

The Ten Commandments

Christianity Has Pagan DNA

Faith

Misc. Topics & Thoughts




Jesus:  False Prophet?


False Prophet- Liar, Fraud!

 If Anybody Else But Jesus…

 Jesus and His Expired Prophecies

Matthew 24 Verse by Verse

Mt 24:34 What The Scholars Say

Significance of Jesus Being a False Prophet

Preterism

     Responses to Jesus The False Prophet




Jesus:  Resurrected?

Even If True

Evidence That Doesn't Demand a Verdict

The Roman Soldiers: "We Were There!"

     Responses to Roman Soldiers




Churchianity Examined

Connecting The Dots

The Authority Totem

Twenty Percent Fewer Errors

Fire The Clergy

     Responses to Fire The Clergy

The Wealth of Churches

Authority In Church Government

The Fleecing of The Flock

The Great Commission Does Not Apply




CAUTIONChristianity May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Victims of Religion

   Responses to Victims of Religion

Voices In Our Head

Brainwashing

   Responses to Brainwashing

We Love Our Lies




Christian Morality or Lack Thereof 

Christianity Doesn't Work as Advertised

Hypocrisy- Thy Name is Christian

Morality

The Gospel of Jesus

 Happy Father's Day

He Wasn't a REAL Christian




Evangelical Atheism

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Without A Leg To Stand On (A Message For Freethinkers)

Give To Him That Asks

   Responses to Give To Him That Asks

Just Say No

   Responses to Just Say No

Damn The Truth- Full Speed Ahead

Answering Christian Stock Arguments

Modern Miracle Workers

Atheists In America

Anti-Religious Songs

Do Unto Others

Kissing Hank's Ass

Why Beer Is Better Than Jesus

Poster: Jesus is a Liar & Lunatic

The Good News of Atheism

The Skeptic’s Prayer

What Would Jesus Do?




Christian Cults

Consumers Guide to Religion- John Cleese of Monty Python (audio file)

Geek Speak Like a Fundy

   Responses to Geek Speak 101

How To Be a Fundy

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Baptists} Once Saved, Always Saved: Always False

Catholics: Only Child or Eldest Brother

Church of Christ

   Responses to Church of Christ Essays

Dr. Robert Schuller: Racism By A Nose

Jehovah Witnesses

Nazarenes} Entire Sanctification = Entire Nonsense

   Responses to Entire Sactification

Mormons

Seventh Day Adventists




For Christians...

Message to Christian Apologists

Notes to Christians Battling Atheists

Move A Mountain

Hope

Ex-Christians Get No Respect

Abortion

Hellfire For Homosexuals and Roses




Creationism, aka Intelligent Design

The Universe According To The Bible

   Responses to The Universe

In The Beginning God Was Nuts

Intelligent Design




Politics

Legalize Prostitution

Its The Economy, Stupid

Illegal Immigration

Bush Is Outta Here!!!

The Bush Monkey

Twilights Last Gleaming




Contra Craig
    (Dr. William Lane Craig)


Contra Craig

   Responses to Contra Craig




Misc.

Editorials

   Responses To Editorials

Comments to JCnot4me- Pro + Con

One Picture is Worth...

Links- Other Websites Worth Checking Out




Books You Should Read   

Jehovah Unmasked cover
Jehovah Unmasked




Ha Ha Ha

Christian Election Poster

Flying Spaghetti Monster

Invitation from Rev. Jim Jones

Jokes

Pranks

Songs and Poems




 





 

 

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Christian Brainwashing

While reading recently about the Elizabeth Smart abduction case (March 2003: happy ending) the articles mentioned that she had probably been brainwashed by her psychotically religious kidnappers (see glamour shots below). While I was very happy that she had been found alive after 9 months, it was the brainwashing part that really caught my attention.

 

Two good reasons NOT to become a Christian! On the left, you could loose your mind. On the right, you could forget how to shampoo your hair and end up looking like a certain prophetess in Costa Mesa.

 

Prophet Brian Mitchell and Ms Barzee abducted Elizabeth Smart on June 5, 2002, upon direct orders from Biblegod. Biblegod had ordered Brian to get himself an additional wife, and chose Elizabeth for him (or so the nutcase said). For several months the trio traveled around the western United States, and at no time did Elizabeth attempt to escape, even when wandering a grocery store by herself, the brainwashing had so well taken effect. According to Newsweek (#1), when the police finally detained the trio, Elizabeth told police "I know you think I'm that Elizabeth Smart girl who ran away, but I'm not."  The report goes on to say that "even as the police took her in a car, she denied her identity." According to Time (#2), "Three times she told them her name was Augustine and she insisted to them that she was traveling with her parents."

 

Another example of someone brainwashed out of touch with reality.  Elizabeth denied she was Elizabeth, and this Minister (can I call him Rev.?) denied the presence of Americans in Baghdad even as American tanks rolled past the building he was giving his press conference in. Were they both skilful liars, or merely brainwashed dupes???

 

Elizabeth passed by her chance to be set free from this bizarre religion several times, because an emotional bond had been formed. "Young victims are often in awe of the power of the kidnappers. They try to strip away layer by layer her identity and her belief system... Emotional bondage can be stronger than chains." (#1). Her emotional bonding to the nutcase prophet "overwhelmed any impulse to escape." (#2) The article goes on to note "How could Elizabeth feel such warmth for her tormentors?" and goes on to quote Mark Zelig, a forensic psychologist:

If you're in a situation where someone threatens your life and you can tell they're deliberating and they decide not to kill you, you're very gracious, and you start to form this bond. (#2)

 

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Revivals 

From about age six to maybe my mid-teen years, summertime used to always include going to "holy roller" crusades and tent revivals, and I don't mean "holy roller" in the figurative sense, either. [NOTE: This was before I joined "the TRUE church" (The Church of Christ, praise be to Alexander Campbell)] In these crusades, lasting sometimes up to two weeks long, with some crusades having services in the morning, afternoon, and late into the night, I would be subjected to day-after-day and late-night after late-night threats of hell fire roasting my bare flesh, threats of "if this were your last night alive...", threats of "Jesus could return before sunrise: are YOU ready?" and so forth. At the SAME time, hope was held out, for the angry god who had threatened to kill me could also be appeased into being my friend with a simple "I'm sorry Jesus". The level of stress would build up as the crusade wore on, and each evening would end with a very emotional appeal to an altar call, a chance to come to the front, kneel at the altar, and end the emotional stress by "giving your life to Jesus", thus placating the angry god (whose power we were in awe of), and who threatened to harm you, and resulting in my feeling much "warmth for my tormentor". This appeal would usually come late at night, after being stressed out by having my life threatened-again- and would always have as its background music the melodic strains of "Just As I Am" lulling all into an emotional trance-like state.

 

 

Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

 

So picture if you will an emotionally charged atmosphere with sleep deprivation, fear, high stress, and dozens (sometimes hundreds) of people openly weeping, howling, emotionally breaking down, with "Just As I Am" being endlessly repeated. Now picture all this thru the eyes of a six year old. What do you see? Brainwashing. And if any other cult besides that of Christianity were doing it, it would be declared illegal and immoral, a form of child abuse. But since it's OUR "sacred cow", well then, that makes it ok, right??? And since we (as a nation) like the results (converts to Christianity), we can live with the means (child abuse). After all, when it comes to making converts, the ends justify the means, don't they??? Just like when Christianity took over the Roman Empire and burned pagans and their temples- that was ok for Christians and nobody apologizes for it nowadays, for "the ends justify the means" as long as it results in more converts.

 

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Anyway, back to the abduction. In reading of what Elizabeth Smart had been subjected to, a sickening realization came upon me that it was eerily similar to what I myself, and millions more like me, had been subjected to growing up in Fundamentalist churches. Like Elizabeth, we too had been in a situation where "someone threatened our life", our ETERNAL life, and then, like Elizabeth, we had managed to placate this overwhelming authority figure into NOT destroying us, thus forming a close emotional bond. Like Elizabeth, we too had been "in awe" of the power of this being. Like Elizabeth, we too had had our real identity "striped away layer by layer" and replaced with an artificial construct imposed from without. And like Elizabeth, we began to feel "warmth for our tormentor" which removed any "desire to escape"  the cult of Christianity.

Reading about the brainwashing of this poor young girl, with point after point of similarity jumping out, I think I have begun to understand better why so many religionists are so blinded and bondaged to their religions: they have been brainwashed, and evidence and facts just wash off them as water off a duck's back. Remember: Elizabeth continued to deny to the police that she was Elizabeth, even when facing a photo of herself on a wanted poster- that is the power of religious brainwashing. If she could straight into a photograph of herself and not see that it was her in the photo, how much more could a Baptist or Mormon look into more obscure facts and not see them as well??? In a five minute discussion between an Atheist and a religionist, what chance do logic and reasoning have going up against years and years of  intense daily brainwashing? You do the math.

 

A drunk will argue with you up and down that he is not drunk. And what a coincidence that in Acts 2:13-15, at the birth of Christianity, some in the crowd thought the Christians were drunk. Imagine! A religion born in an alcoholic stupor! Peter, like a good alcoholic, argued with them that they weren't. Likewise, the brainwashed, as experience has shown, will not admit they are brainwashed. As hypnotist Dick Stuphen writes,

In the entire history of man, no-one has ever been brainwashed and realized, or believed, that he had been brainwashed.(#4)

 However blinded they are to their own brainwashing, they have no problem seeing and pointing out others who are thus inflicted. A Jehovah Witness can easily see the brainwashing that has taken hold of a fanatical Pentecostal, and visa versa, but neither can see it in himself. Gather together into a room one hundred members of one hundred different denominations, and each one can see in the 99 others the brainwashing; but they can't see it in themselves. They all marvel at how blinded the 99 others are to admitting new facts even in the face of mountains of evidence, yet think themselves not brainwashed, but rather "steadfast and true" when themselves, faced with such evidence against their own peculiar beliefs, ignore it and continue believing whatever tripe they specialize in. They not only ignore it, they actually feel they deserve some kind of medal for having been brain-dead and stubborn enough not to be affected by better evidence. In their world view, being closed minded and thick-headed is a virtue, not a vice.  "Look at me, ma! I spent 4 hours with an Atheist and didn't learn a damn thing- praise Gawd!!!"  "Good boy, son!"

 

 

 

Christian School Brainwashing

Below is an actual untouched copy of a paper#3 I found left behind on a xerox machine at a Kinko's in Roland Heights, California, back in July of 1995. I had gone in to do some copying, and the person who used the machine before me had forgotten to take out their original. As I read the paper to pass the time as my own papers were being xeroxed, my anger began to rise. Here was the gameplan for some unknown Christian grade school, in which the teachers were plotting how to mess with the brains of little innocent kids, replacing their healthy self-esteem with heaping portions of Christian guilt. Read the paper for yourself now, and I'll continue below it.

 

 

 

These adults, these Christian elementary school teachers, have it all laid out for the kids for their whole school year. In short, and excuse my French, they plan to fuck up their lives.  They plan to infect these innocent happy eyed children with a fictitious disease called "sin", then turn around and offer the fictitious snake-oil cure: Jesus. They plan to depress and frighten all these kids with a month after month saturation of death and dying. Little kids, for whom death should be the last thing they think about, instead have it thrust in their face day after depressing day. And when they're at the point of emotional breakdown (as any healthy human mind would be after being subjected to such brainwashing drivel) the last two months of the school year are spent "harvesting".  And remember, this harvest season is not just the final culmination of the past school year, but also the EIGHT YEARS prior leading up to this, as the paper says "we are reaping the harvest of the last eight years".

The harvest season consists of a daily emotional guilt-fest, where one teacher dishes out Christian crap while the other scans the audience to see which kid is on the point of an emotional breakdown. As Dick Stuphen writes, concerning early religious revival meetings: "By inducing guilt and acute apprehension and by increasing the tension, the "sinners" attending his revival meetings would break down and completely submit."(#4) This ties in with what the school paper says, "when they are touched, their eyes tear or something. You can tell when they're ready. Then we deal with them one by one." Translated, that means a little kid gets isolated from the herd, away from his parents and peers, and is pressured by a trained professional salesman of religion into buying the Christian worldview. Dick Stuphen mentions this same tactic of isolation is used by cult recruiters when he writes: "The meeting or training takes place in an area where participants are cut off from the outside world."(#4) Given the isolated nature of Christian school to start with, along with the eight year setup leading to the two month harvest season, and remembering also that in ADDITION to this five day a week indoctrination they ALSO get one day MORE each and every Sunday morning in Church, what chance does a little sixth grader have of NOT "accepting Jesus as his personal savior" when dragged into the little private room for an afternoon of one-on-one religious brow-beating??? The proverbial snowball's chance, that's what. 

Some one pointed out, regarding the above, it's something like the arsonist who sets the fire, in order to be the hero in rescuing people from the fire. The Christians start the guilt trip, in order to come in later with the cure for the guilt trip, when there wouldn't BE a guilt trip in the first place if not for them.

It is also similar to Munchausen By Proxy Disease, in which the adults cause the symptoms so that they can act the role of loving parent in healing the child. Reading from the Rare Diseases website, we find the following:

Some mothers may severely hurt their children in order to cause symptoms. A mother may poison her child with medications, chemicals, or salt, give laxatives to cause diarrhea, or syrup of ipecac to cause vomiting. Some may go as far as suffocating the child for brief periods of time to cause respiratory and nervous system problems.
http://rarediseases.about.com/cs/munchausensynd/a/091402.htm

Just like these abusive adults, so too the leaders of the Christian school. They create the "disease" in the child, just so they can act the "hero" in curing it. Disgusting, yet true.

 


 

QUESTION:

If Christianity has to use years of brainwashing 
to emotionally badger people
into the kingdom, 
WHAT CHANCE DO REASON AND LOGIC 
HAVE of CONVINCING THEM
OUT OF THE KINGDOM ???

ANSWER:

 

 

 


 

 

---Final Summation---

A Side by Side Comparison:  YOU  Do The Math!

"Conversion is a 'nice' word for brainwashing" --Dick Stuphen(#4)

Victim of Brainwashing  Victim of Christianity
In AWE of the Brainwasher's power. In AWE of the Brainwasher's power. 

     "We worship an awesome God!" -Christian Bumper Sticker

No desire to escape. No desire to escape.

     "Lord, where would we go? Only you have the words of life."  -Peter

Old personality stripped away. Old personality stripped away.

     "Unless a man be born again..." -Jesus

New personality superimposed. New personality superimposed.

     "And put on the NEW man..." -Paul

An emotional bondage stronger than chains. An emotional bondage stronger than chains.

     "Love God with all your heart..." -Jesus

Rejection of parents Rejection of parents. 

     "Unless you hate your mother and father, you can not be my disciple"  -Jesus  (Luke 14:26)

Old belief system stripped away. Old belief system stripped away. 

     "Behold, all things are become new!" -Apostle John

Warmth for the brainwasher. Warmth for the brainwasher.

     "Jeeesus. Jeeesus. Jeeesus. There's just something, about, that naaaaame." -Christian Hymn

Victim's life threatened. Victim's eternal life threatened.

      "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" -Jesus

Victim granted a reprieve. Victim granted an eternal reprieve.

     "Unless you repent, ye shall all likewise perish" -Jesus

Immense gratitude towards the brainwasher. Immense gratitude towards the brainwasher.

     "Praise God. Praaaaaise God. Thank you, Jesus!" -Almost any Christian high on Jeeeesus.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Links to articles on Brainwashing

Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques
Being Used On The Public Today
- by Dick Sutphen, Professional Hypnotist
http://www.dcd.net/NBP/persuasn.html 
Brainwashing and Mind Control
in Religious Cults and Elsewhere
- Apologetics Index

     NOTE: Many good links are provided here for those who want to learn more about religious brainwashing.

http://www.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/b09.html 
The Ross Institute for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements.  (Rick Ross) http://www.rickross.com/ 

 


1) Newsweek Magazine, March 24, 2003,  page 34+

2) TIME Magazine, March 24, 2003, page 44+

3) Doing a google web search for the name of Gene Gruhler, mentioned in the paper as the author of the ideas contained therein, resulted in "The Living Stream Ministry" audio and video tapes, class lectures entitled "Children and Students" given in 1989 - 1991, at The Church in Anaheim,  California. The lecture tapes are available at:  http://members.aol.com/socalypwrk/otc.htm 

4) Dick Stuphen, World Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention, Las Vegas, NV, transcript at: http://www.dcd.net/NBP/persuasn.html   By and copyright Dick Sutphen


 






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