Not all of them- not even most. There is a difference between teaching a child a religious tradition and brainwashing, but some fundamentalists cross that line.
The children who are constantly threatened with hell, told constantly how much they sin and must repent, those children who are indoctrinated with their parents political and anti-science views in such a way that they think they will deserve eternal torture for going against them, children who would never even entertain the idea of developing their own opinions- these are "brainwashed" children. Have you ever seen "Jesus Camp"? Those poor children broke my heart- nine year olds weeping inconsolably because they thought they were "backsliders" who were full of sin, grade schoolers holding models of dead fetuses. Horrible. Fortunately these are the minority.
No Christians are speaking the truth about God you need to know about God to get saved you need LOVE God to get save and therefore go to heaven, but however there are a few of them out there that are crazy!
Yes they do. They make them believe in myths and an invisible man in the sky. You might as well teach them to believe in Santa or the Easter bunny. If it weren't for Hell and the whole idea of "eternal pain", I do not believe as many people would be Christian.
I wouldn't call it brainwashing. They teach their children what they believe in, as with many other religions and things in general. When they get old enough, they can choose what religion they prefer. There are always those people that do kind of scare their children with hell and all that, but I wouldn't say most of them do. A lot of religions could go along with this, except with something other than hell maybe.
No more than athiests who brainwash their children into believing all religion is wrong. No more than any other parent who raises their children in their cultures values and beliefs. If thats your criteria for 'brainwashing' then every parent on earth 'brainwashes' their children.
In a way, yes. It's more like indoctrination, though. They teach the child at a young age that it's all true and a whole bunch of lies. They take advantage of the child being weak and believing whatever the parent tells them. Will they believe in another religion when they're older? This is highly doubtful because there will always be SOMETHING left from what they were taught when they were younger.
Yes, just as many parents (Christians and non CHRISTians alike) "brainwash" their kids to have morals, to be kind, caring, productive, contributing citizens. We are all just a bunch of brainwashing machines!!
Of course not!! I believe salvation lies in Christ. I love my kids and want them saved so therefore we taught them the way to salvation. It's what loving parents do. Teach our children what's best for them.
Parent educate, love, and encourage their children during their formative years. Some have religious beliefs they share, some have family values that they share, some have educational values that they share, some have economic values that they share. Children are formed by the environment in which they are nurtured. If their parents are religious, and the child continues to practice their religion when they grow and leave the environment then they have been nurtured with this belief, if however they do not continue to practice then they were not nurtured. There are many non-practicing and many non-believers that have come from practicing families... it was the environment that influenced their decision... there are also many practicing believers who have some from non-believer and non-practicing families, they too were formed by their environment. Anyone can brain-wash a child, but more often the child finds the greatness, beautiful and the wonder in those things they retain later in life, and then try to emulate for their children
We are responsible for our children. We are to keep them healthy, physically, mentally, and spiritually. But as kitten pointed out, there is a difference between teaching our children and abusing our children. God bless.
That has got to be the weirdest question yet .. But I guess .. you could say YES .. they do .. If you want to put in the context of 'brainwashing' .. they use the same 'brainwashing' techniques when they teach them to go potty, about the habits of personal hygiene, how to talk and communicate, how to play, how to get along with others, manners, .. well, I guess the list is endless on what a parents 'teaches' their child.
Are football fans guilty of brainwashing their children to like a certain team? Are hunters guilty of brainwashing their children to use guns? Are vegetarians guilty of brainwashing their children against eating meats? Good parents raise their children to the best of their ability and their opinions/beliefs are naturally part of the equation. No, most Christians do not brainwash their children.
They can make you be ashamed of yourself for just being your self. A pastor at my church caught me listening to Marilyn Manson and cuz I was dressed like a country boy (I am one) and cuz I was talking to the so called " outsiders" ex. atheists, scene, rednecks, etc. I don't mind atheists I have 3 friends that are atheists and my pastor makes feel kinda bad for being friends with them same goes for rednecks and scene or emo "I'm redneck and country boy and I wear band shirts with cargo pants sometimes" and he wants me to be ashamed of that.
From the youngest age children are instilled with the beliefs of there parents, what ever those beliefs may be. Young children don't question the wisdom of their parents. By the time they begin thinking for themselves, the majority choose to believe what they were taught, because often they are living in a society where their peers were taught the same things. It's passed down through generations. That's how this country has continued to be a racist society.its the old, trust no one who is not like you syndrome . It goes all the way back to when we lived in tribes, and competed for survival.but we are evolving, there are more free thinkers in modern society.they don't stone us to death , or arrest us anymore, or accuse us of being heretics or witches.I'm sure there are some who would like to.