Ok grab a chair because I’m going to respond to this rather than just ignore this ignorance and bigotry. I’m emotionally vulnerable because my friend died recently so just deal with my response, i don’t even care, i’m upset ok just strap yourselves in.
First of all the word brainwashing means “a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.”
The term is often used synonymously with terms like conditioning, reeducating, propagandising, and indoctrinating.
All of these terms suggests a methodical manipulative approach to molding a mind in a way that prevents the brainwashed victim from objectively examining other views or making informed decisions. Which is the complete opposite of what God stands for and represents, God is love. Not manipulation, so there’s mistake number one.
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home thank you very much, I didn’t have those ideals “forced” into me. I came to the conclusion at the age of 18. On. My. Own.
But to those raised in Christian homes by Christian parents that are accused of “brainwashing”: IT IS THEIR JOB TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN HOW THEY WANT, IT’S THEIR KIDS.
Ephesians 6:4 says, “Raise them (your children) with the training and teaching of the Lord.”
Proverbs 22:6 also says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
Clearly according to the Bible, God wants children to be taught and to understand His Word. When a person—child or adult—believes that the Bible is true from the very first verse, he or she has a framework from which to understand and evaluate the claims of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and teachers of all sorts.
The same situation is applied in reverse, I can easily just turn it back around on you and say YOU’RE brainwashed into believing a lie just because your beliefs are different to mine.
(For example, the secularist wants to take Christian children and teach them the religion of humanism with its many tenets like materialism, atheism, evolution, the big bang, and millions of years. Naturally, people like that get upset when children are taught the Bible first rather than the secularist view.)
What’s upsetting when people question evolution or any other view that doesn’t include God, they’re automatically labelled as “unscientific”, “unlearned”, etc. and that they’ve been brainwashed but it’s simply not true.
It’s just a difference in origins.
The Christian starts with God as Creator; the secularist starts with matter (usually dodging the question of how it got here). They further ignore the question that, if all things are matter, how can logic, truth, knowledge, conclusions, and reason exist? They are not matter! Also what is the secularist reason to why art and music exists? They don’t contribute to “survival of the fittest” or anything relevant in that aspect. I know why they exist from a Christian perspective, but if you have a different answer please tell me.
The materialistic starting point is used as a basis to interpret and evaluate the things seen around us. The issue that so often confuses people is that the Christian and the secularist have the same evidence. However in drawing conclusions about origins, they differ in how they interpret the evidence.
Example #1: The Grand Canyon
The secularists claim that it took millions of years for the Grand Canyon rock layers to be laid down slowly and for the fossils to form (assuming also that no major catastrophes occurred there in the past like major earthquakes, floods, and so on). But this is based on assumption and not on direct observation because we weren’t physically there to see it. The interpretation is based on the secularist’s worldview.
The Bible gives an account of the catastrophic global Flood of Noah’s day. Therefore, another interpretation is that most of these rock layers were laid down rapidly, as the result of a massive catastrophe. From the massive amount of sediment, the rock layers we see today would easily have formed. Also, the billions of creatures we see in the fossil record would have been trapped in this sediment, accounting for the fossils we see in the rocks. (Of course, there have been rock layers with fossils formed since the time of the Flood, but the majority are from the Flood.)
Example #2: All the animals
According to the secularist, over millions of years, simpler types of creatures slowly evolved into more complex types of creatures. They believe that fossils are proof that simple creatures ultimately evolved into more and more complex creatures, and ultimately into the animals we see today. They persist in this belief even though not one instance of one creature evolving into another type of creature has ever been observed.
The Bible tells us that God created the living things “after their kind.” Then they were told to reproduce and fill the earth. That is, dogs produce dogs, cats produce cats, cattle produce cattle, and so on. This is exactly what we see in our world today. Most of the fossils are just preserved animals and plants that once lived and were buried in the Flood the same year; only the evolutionary imagination sees them caught in the act of evolving. What we directly observe in our world confirms what we are told in God’s Word.
I can give example after example but science is observable and repeatable. Yet millions of years, big bang, evolution, and so on are not observable and not repeatable. So secularist attacks are misplaced in light of the failures of their own position.
To reinforce what I said earlier: We are told that we must accept the secular world’s interpretations or else we are considered unscientific or unlearned. If we don’t teach our future generation to believe what the world believes, we are brainwashing them. How ironic that they impose their “religion” on unsuspecting kids and force them to believe their worldview without question.
If evolution is true, why do so many secularists fear it even being questioned? Why do they so vigorously attack those who question them? Or like you; take time out of your own day to tell me something that obviously won’t change my beliefs? What a waste of your time. Perhaps secularists are still trying to convince themselves that their worldview is more than just wishful thinking—trying to find a way to explain how they got here without God.
Colossians 2:8 says, “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”
To my fellow Christians: Don’t be afraid of people like this anon. Don’t be intimidated by questions like these.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”
It’s not hard to educate yourself on matters like these, there are plenty of resources on the internet to help you to know what it’s like from both sides.
Many people who don’t even know God make wild assumptions about Him which are simply not even biblical. The world has just messed up their view of God. But DON’T be mislead. Figure it out for yourself:
- Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions by Elmer L. Towns
- Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Trust? by James Denison
- Alleged Discrepancies of the BibleBy: John W. Haley
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- A Case for A Creator by Lee Strobel
Giving people biblical answers is not brainwashing—it is far from it. Biblical answers equip them with the tools to understand the world, The Bible itself and the God who made everything.