I have a very difficult time not saying anything when I hear people talking about children in the church. About how their little one loves Jesus so much, or how they have so much faith. Babies are not born Christian, or any other Faith, they are indoctrinated. Someone once said that a young mind corrupted can never be fully healed. I can’t remember who said it, but I think it’s true.
I remember my own indoctrination as a child, my family didn’t see it as a bad thing and neither did I at the time. But now I wish it never happened, because I will never fully recover and the road is long and dark, full of second guesses and fear of deeply planted superstitions. I also know what I did to my own child or let happen in Sunday school. She actually believed that god was talking to her all the time and was telling her what to do and say. We did manage to show her, with a little test, that she was just using her imagination, like with her other imaginary friends. But, it may be too late for her to see the world that is, not the world of superstition and fear.
No child should have superstition forced on them. I feel very bad that I had anything to do with it. They will believe anything you tell them. They trust without question and believe without reason, because they don’t know any better. I see it as a sick practice. If a person’s god is the one true god why not trust children to come to that conclusion on their own, when they are ready? Will we ever be free of this social sickness?