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Rhiaden's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by Rhiaden

I grew up going to groups like this, with the "If you want to live, believe in X", or "Here are some videos of what happens when you die if you don't believe in X", as a consequence of my family being VERY evangelical.

I was very keen on converting my friends, because I wanted to save them....I stopped going to church when I got kicked out of it in my mid teens, but the way that those initial beliefs / indoctrinations stay with you is truly scary.

15 years on since I was kicked out of the church, and I, up until extremely recently, had problems with feeling panicky even discussing other religions, or that maybe some of the things I had been told were not correct.

It is completely illogical, but then, things drummed into you at a young age have an annoying habit of popping up in the back of your brain, even when you are a completely rational adult (Some say I am too skeptical...but that depends on your viewpoint).

Many of these groups merely had an adult supervising, and were led by teenagers/children, but that does not mean that I, or my peers were any less effective at getting the message across than the adults.

Those who see it as "just harmless" have no idea how difficult it is to move on from the messages you get told at such a young age. I still feel worried when reading certain books for goodness sake! And there is a little "But if you say X, then God will Y" in the back of my mind when I am discussing anything not in line with my original upbringing.

Yes, not everyone gets affected to this degree, but for those who completely unquestioningly believe these things, and the consequences of not doing them (or doing them, depending on the case), at a young age, these take years to overcome as an adult.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:49:26 UTC | #930586