Maybe I did not understand what you were saying before.... Yes religion can and has brainwashed many people from their youth.So much so that people will not even question whether the Rabbi or Preacher is wrong or being delusional.I would say that many of the flock regard the words of preachers such as Benny Hinn as being from God himself.
Yes Richard,indoctrination is a curse in my opinion.It's so hard to break.I sometimes still feel guilty when I question the Bible such as the story of Noah,because it just doesn't make sense how a small boat could carry all the species of animals and the ''food'' to feed them for at least 10 months. Crunching the numbers for Noah's flood story is impossible unless magic was the entire theme to keep them all alive. Noah's Ark flood story is the one that I keep revisting which makes me think it was a fable. Better not get into that on this thread.
It's funny how I read in your blog about Christians having splinter groups,and those groups end up having splinter groups.... Believe or not I was saying the same thing over five years ago.
Just to clear some things up,I'm still fairly religious but have huge doubts about what seem to be unfair contradictions in the scriptures.
Thanks for explaining yourself