Is Christianity a “brainwashing” religion?
When I was growing up I went to church on and off with my family, as most of my readers already know, my grandfather was a Methodist preacher and it was in “our own blood line” to go to “church.” We were raised to think this way, and their was no saying "no" when my parents wanted to go.The reason I went most of my life was to please my parents, myself, or others.
I really did not know what to think about religion or what it truly meant to be a Christian until much later in life. I was taught to make good choices and love Jesus who died on the cross for me so I would be forgiven for my sins. I sinned and thought I was forgiven, and I sinned and thought I was forgiven, and I repeated this process without truly knowing who my Heavenly Father and Savior truly w ere. I had no change within. This change within does not mean I rely on my own feelings, or the opinions of others. This change, or new person within only relies on three witnesses, and that is Him our Savior Jesus Christ, being the Word of God, and Heavenly Father we receive from His Holy Spirit.
1 John 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood-Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: The Spirit, the water and the blood, and the three are in agreement. We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.
I never read the Bible growing up, and I never meditated on His word or thought about who God was, and the reason for the Cross because I was a “natural” human being, and there were “natural” human beings all around me. We are all naturally made human beings with a spirit, soul and body, but none of us are Holy. I did not know the Holy Spirit, the “third person” of the Godhead, nor did I recognize Him, or was drawn to Him through others around me most of my life. I had eyes but could not see, and I had ears but could not hear.
Later in life I did freely receive the Holy Spirit, heard Him through another person, was drawn to Him, and I fully gave my life to Him, and my new life began through all He had given me. I became poor within when I heard His words through this Holy Spirit filled person, and instantly I gave my poor incomplete self to Him. Then I became rich within by all He was giving me of himself! I had a strong craving for His word, I meditated on His Word countless hours, days, months and years, and I will continue for the rest of my life.
Did reading His word brainwash me, or make me follow this imaginary person? Many people today believe this to be true. Many people today think he is a fantasy, or an imaginary person Christians have conjured up so they can appear whole and true to themselves like any other religion or belief system in the world.
Did the Bible become like a math book that I memorized, and His word become like formulas? Did His principles appear as time tables so I can recite them correctly and appear to be complete within myself like a math problem or a science project? The whole education system uses repetition in different contexts. Every year students learn the same concepts with different levels of understanding or building blocks, like adding is simple in grade 1 but by grade 12 some have learned algebra, and calculus, adding, dividing, subtracting to the greatest degree; which I never mastered!
The word brainwashing means any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, especially one based on repetition or confusion.
The word brainwash can be used as a verb, or a noun. The verb usage means to cause someone to undergo brainwashing. Example: “You are brainwashing them to believe as you believe.” This would be forcing someone to believe the way you believe over and over without any reprieve from childhood to adulthood. This would be a controlled method, or way of making someone do something consciously or subconsciously. Many religions or cults use this brain washing method, but does Christianity?
The noun usage of the word is called the process of brainwashing as a thing. Example: “How did you brainwash them, or what method did you use?” Most brain washing methods are accomplished by strong willed individuals wanting to take over the weak-willed person for their own vain purposes, cause and creed. They have pride in being the “king of the mountain”, or think they have great power to make their cause and themselves appear great, or great again.
With this written and said, is Christianity a form of brainwashing? Christ died for each one of us for our benefit, He is a real person that comes inside a person through His Spirit, and He changes a person, renews their mind from His presence within when they surrender all of themselves to Him. The person gets no recognition for who they are, He does. The term, "The Bible tells me so" is true, but there is another great witness that is greater and that is the Author of the Bible, God himself.
Jesus is the Word of God, so His Word the Holy Bible, is given to that person that has surrendered all to Him. He will reveal His word as He determines, not as the person determines. That is why they crave His word because He is the Word, and each person’s spirit craves His word when they receive Him. He does not manipulate you to follow Him or to read His word. He does not force you to receive what He has given to you from His blood on the Cross. He wants to oversee your life as Lord, but He only wants to if you want Him too.
How the person has changed should be evident by how they react to their circumstances, by their words and actions, and how differently they react to others. They are stubborn, but stubborn for Him and His purposes and truths not stubborn against Him, or for their own purposes or creeds. His interest will become their interest, and His will, will become their will because they have surrendered all in love for Him.
He gives each child His presence freely when they are prove ready to surrender all, and it is up to each person to surrender to His presence freely. Some will and some will not. His presence takes a person far above their natural human nature and their intelligence of making them whole and complete in who they are, and above this world they live in, and He loves to prove it in, and through them.
Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this message: “The kingdom of heaven is near; Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
No other religion takes the weight of sin off a person, or heals another person through His saving power and grace. No other “religion” removes the power sin as over them, and guilt from their sins freely given and freely received. He lifts His true children past themselves into a new person they have never met or known until that day they received the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ, not because of the righteous things they have done, but because of His mercy.
His presence gives each person a washing of their sinful nature within into a new resurrected and renewal birth of a new person within. The natural person never knows the weight of their sinful natures, they are unaware of the weight of sin they are carrying around within themselves each day until He takes it away. This is no brainwashing religion, or belief, it is a Gift from God given within each person that receives Him.
Titus 3:3-7 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy being hated and hatting one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
If you have never experienced this weight of sin being removed from your inner soul, heart, and mind then you are being brainwashed with lies and unbelief and no change within, or outwardly will occur. You may be a person that memorizes the words like a math problem, or a person that manipulates others into following your cause or your creed, but you are not a person that knows Him as He truly is.
He is a real person, and He is the most real relationship one can experience that opens a secret door within each natural person they do not know is there. There is no fear into the unknown when He reveals His presence within you. He is a God that gives, not a God that manipulates, or forces you to memorize His principles or His words, they are within you when you receive Him, and if you love Him, you will live them out!