My recent Facebook experience has truly been an eye opener. I think the most interesting part has been how Christians, when faced with rational thought and strong evidence against the validity of Christianity, sort of shut down mentally. It’s kind of like their eyes go blank and they say in a robot-like, monotone voice, “This does not compute.” Even some of my more intelligent Christian friends, can’t get beyond a certain point. I will just start to think that they may be tracking logically and then they begin regurgitating what they have been taught, some most of their lives, all over again–one step forward, two steps back. It’s as if they can’t break through the barrier between faith and reason.
I used to say, tongue in cheek, that I once was a brain washed Christian—now I think there may be something to that. When you think about it, as a practicing Christian, you are hearing the same stuff week after week, and if you are a fundamentalist, a few times per week; you are hearing the Christian dogma, singing the Christian dogma and when you aren’t in Church, you are supposed to be reading the Christian dogma, praying to the Christian God and discussing it with others who believe the Christian dogma. When you aren’t getting brainwashed by your pastor or others, you are self brainwashing—it’s perfect. I think that’s why my Christian friends don’t even see how blind they are. I mean, how does one know when they are brainwashed? They can’t know. That’s what brainwashing is all about, isn’t it? Looking back, I truly believed I was a thinking Christian and I was to a certain extent, but when I got a little too close to the edge, I would stop myself and I didn’t even realize that I was doing it. When I read what Christians say on my Facebook wall, when faced with hard facts, it’s like seeing myself a few years ago. It’s a bit creepy and with my recent Facebook discussion going on—frustrating as well.