I have often said that the liberal Christian is responsible for keeping the fanatics in business.
–ex-fundamentalist Christian and counter-apologist, Teresa Roberts
Teresa Roberts on Debunking Christianity: You are right, Gary, when you say that liberal Christians have no idea how horrific it is to grow up in a fundamentalist religion. They can afford to be generous and thereby sabotage our message about the depths of despair the scriptures have caused thousands and millions of people down through the ages. Because they grapple with fewer limitations as well as manipulations through fear tactics dealt at the youngest minds, they cling to their big sugar daddy version of god selfishly. If they only knew how detrimental that is to our cause, the ultimate freedom from damaging myths. They even refuse to take a clear headed view of the scriptures that literally gave birth to our nightmares. I have often said that the liberal Christian is responsible for keeping the fanatics in business. They argue endlessly amongst themselves, both parties vying for the best Christian of the year award. It’s disheartening. Plus, I don’t imagine that most people are aware of how many fundamentalist denominations continue to thrive in America. We are the land of the cross-eyed cousins of religion. They are everywhere, like the walking dead, carrying the virus straight into our current government.
Gary: You are absolutely correct, Teresa. This is a great statement!
One thing that helped me to get over my fear of eternal Hell fire (in addition to blogging) was to read the deconversion stories of ex Mormons and Muslims. Their stories express the same fears of divine retribution and damnation that we ex-fundamentalist Christians experience! Seeing that people whose beliefs I was certain are false suffering the same fear-based delusions I was experiencing helped me to see that fear of the after-life is a purely human invention. It gives those in authority incredible power over their superstitious subordinates. We must continue our struggle to debunk all superstitions, in particular, fear-based religious superstitions. Future generations of children will be spared the terror that we experienced.
Escape from Christian fundamentalistism really is a process of deprogramming. You don’t just decide one day to stop being a fundamentalist and then move on with your new life. It takes YEARS to get over the creeping fear that maybe, just maybe, the “cult” is right, and that you have made a terrible, terrible mistake in leaving. Liberal Christians just don’t understand that. It is very easy for them to say, “Ok, so you are no longer a Christian. Stop whining about it. Move on. Why are you so preoccupied with Christianity if you chose to leave it years ago?”
But ask anyone who has grown up in a cult since they were a small child this question: “How hard was it to get all that indoctrination out of your head?” and many will respond that years later, there is still a nagging little voice deep in their heads that says: “You made a mistake. You are only kidding yourself. The Bible is true and every man a liar. YOU are going to burn in Hell, you wicked, arrogant sinner!!!”
It is truly evil what they did to us.
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