Updating religious beliefs to survive in the modern world

Programmed viruses in the brain

Programming, Deprogramming, and Reprogramming to gain control
Programming, Deprogramming, and Reprogramming to gain control | Source

Ridding ourselves of program viruses - in the brain

Is it necessary to "re" program our religious beliefs in order to live successfully in the modern world?

Is it even possible to successfully "de"program our brain from rigorous religious indoctrinations?

Can we do this on our own, without any outside help?

These viruses are known as deceptions and lies.

Are you infected?

We ALL are infected to some degree.

If we think we are not, then we would have to have been brought up in total isolation from the rest of the world.

Undoing the damages done by religion is a daunting task without a doubt.

But it can be done.

Programming - deprogramming - reprogramming

making personal choices - what's best for you
making personal choices - what's best for you
stepping away from the masses
stepping away from the masses

Overcoming fear and guilt ---

This is the first step to freedom of the mind.

Once accomplished we can attain a higher and deeper understanding of spirituality as it was meant to be experienced.

Putting one's fate in the hands of religious charlatans is like being forced to pay for the air we breath, or pay for the sunshine on our faces, or paying for water that is necessary to sustain our lives.

All our life sustaining necessities are being polluted and destroyed by the self serving few on this planet as is our brain capacities to learn new things being corrupted by our religions.

We need to "take back" both our planetary and individual rights, and take responsibility for our own actions, deeds, and thoughts.

How programming takes hold of us:

Programming the mind

Anything programmed can be deprogrammed
Anything programmed can be deprogrammed | Source

William Ralph Inge

W. R. Inge KCVO was an English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, which provided the appellation by which he was widely known, "Dean Inge."
W. R. Inge KCVO was an English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, which provided the appellation by which he was widely known, "Dean Inge." | Source

Taking Pride in ones "blind" faith

Deprogramming defined:

A dissuasion from amoral, and harmful, convictions - usually of a religious nature that is often derived by coercive means.

We can not deny the fact that this is how religious beliefs are "taught" to our own children.

And there is certainly no pride in knowing that, as parents, we are doing the same thing that was done to us.

Psychology teaches us that children who are abused will generally abuse their own.

Coercion is not an evil term, but it is one in which the recipients of what is taught have no choice in the matter. It compels children to think, believe, and act, in a certain manner (as in the mob mentality concept), or pay dire (and unrealistic) consequences if they do not.

W.R. Inge quote: "religion tries to coerce the irreligious".

And in that process of "teaching'' children, they succeed in doing so.

Religions all teach children that "free will" is evil; thus cementing the victim of brainwashing to a lifetime of irrational fears and guilt for doubting, or rationally trying to understand what it is they must believe in without reservations.

This is not God's plan. It is man's plan - to control the minds of others.

Accepting these fallacious (delusive) teachings through "blind faith" is hardly conducive to "freely" accepting them as truth.

My challenge to those "blind" believers:

If you say, or believe, that your faith is valid, then i will challenge you to prove it.

Take one of the deprogramming seminars.

If you have true faith and belief in your personal religion, there should be no difference in those beliefs after the deprogramming, and no harm done to you. It should simply strengthen your faith and put you in a better standing with your creator.

Then you can take pride in yourself for keeping your faith. But, hopefully, through that process of understanding why we think like we do - perhaps we can learn how not to push those agendas on others, especially the innocent children we are responsible for.

by: d.william 05/04/2013

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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

Science is constantly being "upgraded" and people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of the non existence of a "God". Our faith in technology and the scientific revolution may one day become the arrogance of religion that insist it is the only way in man's quest for higher truth and knowledge.

I agree with this article about the indoctrination of very young minds in the religious belief of their parents. It is the reason why we find it hard to leave the religion which we were born into. The motivation may have been sincere, but we were never given the chance to make up our own mind whether to believe or not. Aside from love, guilt and fear had been programed into our mindset.

Although a non-practicing Catholic, I have never encourage nor discourage my children, and my grandchildren to favor a particular church or religion. I only ask that they keep an open mind. Pointing to them the fact that dogmatism tend to create intolerance and prejudice against opposing beliefs instead of harmony and understanding. Something similar to the animosity between believers and non-believers of "God". :)


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and your thoughtful insights.

While i do believe that one day science will render religions obsolete, it is only to the point of saying that the indoctrination of children into every individual religion will be discarded as an intrusion on the rights of children before they have reached their age of reasoning. This is brainwashing, pure and simple and child abuse in its basest form.

Strange how religious conservatists can claim that an unborn child has rights the same as an adult, then discard that premise after the child is born, by immediately bombarding them with such notions as their personal religious beliefs. Apparently a child has more rights before birth than they do after.

I doubt that science will every turn people away from believing in a Creator of all things. Just the concept of that creator needs to be modified to reflect reality and not superstition.

There is obviously something greater than the limited intelligence of mankind. The complexities of the inner workings of a human being and/or all other living organisms we see around us every day, surely is scientific proof that this was not just random in nature.

Your attitude toward teaching your children is the new age mentality, (what i refer to as our age of enlightenment) and hopefully it will become the prevailing one in the near future.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, yes thinking back to the middle ages just makes me shudder. The cathars in France were subjected to such horrors purely because they believed in something different. The church had its strangle hold and that was that. These days it's a lot more open, but saying that yes I have to agree with you, certain religions are so strict right from the word go so to speak, its scary how they believe what they have been told, and never deviate from that path, interesting stuff, thanks!


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for reading and your comments. the scariest part for me is that those who have been indoctrinated (brainwashed) have no idea that they have been, so they continue to believe what they were told as if it were the gospel truth (no pun intended).


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Wow I don't know how I missed this one. I have come away from the church many years ago. It is hard...very hard especially when you are married to a Roman Catholic. Though I left that church after many years when I began to see and question things about the Bible and what I was reading and the lies they were telling. I began my own journey and was called to be a Minister. Mind you I am not a minister for the church..that would be called a "church"-ian. I read the Bible and see it much differently than the church does and how they teach. I am going to add your hub to my Wizzley Article about Cults in how to deprogram from them. Nice work here. I am also going to share it and rate it up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for reading and you encouraging comments. Please feel free to share with anyone. I closed my face book account and don't have much exposure outside of hub pages at this point. I am currently honing my hubs to bring them into compliance and discarding those that are not up to par. Then i will seek other avenues to publish some of my stuff on.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Well I shared it on my FB and the groups for writers too for you. I also pinned it and tweeted it for you.


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aud99 3 years ago

Religion is always a sensitive topic. For me, I don't agree that kids should be taught about religion at too young an age. As I have always asked others: What do kids know about god, life and death? How much do they understand? If we want to teach them about religion, expose them to the different faiths instead. Let them find their own path when they are older and be in a position to judge better.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for you comments. That is why i am so adamant about this practice of brainwashing children before their age of reasoning sets in - not that brainwashing is acceptable at any age.

And if you look at how society views brainwashing of adults by newly formed cults/religions and how they can severely and negatively influence those adults (the Jones town thing is a prime example) - then it is insanely irrational to allow this same practice to be done to innocent children who do not know any better. Talk about double standards.

But rather, as you stated, children should learn about the history of various religions in the world only, and when they become old enough to decide for themselves they can make that informed decision whether to join one of those cults or not.

when society does not even let a child grow up and make their own decisions that is clearly mental and emotional child abuse in its worse form and should be addressed along with other child abuse issues.

This fear of religion's threats of eternal punishment has caused way too much pain, guilt, hatred and other havoc on this world for far too long.


Ngeplo 23 months ago

Well given so many young people who have eetihr attempted or were successful suicide isn't a new problem. I just want teens of today to realize teens of yesterday, or yester- decade+ endured the same thing. Fortunately my friend lived to regret her attempt find true love and have a beautiful daughter, but so many others as you know don't. Just doing my little part to get the word out. Thanks Katie, enjoy your Sunday.


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Dr Bill Tollefson 18 months ago from Southwest Florida

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and ideas on this article on brainwashing. A lot of techniques that fundamentalist religion used are used by perpetrators and abusers.

Thank for sharing your knowledge so others can open their eyes to how everyone is programmed in one form or another. Sometimes it starts through involvement in religion.

Religion uses if you do this that (punishment) will happen. Same happens in dysfunctional, abusive and alcoholic homes.


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d.william 18 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Dr. Bill: So true, it is the same technique as kidnappers use on their victims, and ISIS on their captors. All religions are guilty of using this brutal technique on their children to make sure they adhere to the fundamental isms of their respective religions. Here is a video that i like that tells it like it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtIREJVPfQY&list=P...


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d.william 18 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Ngeplo:

Thanx so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. And my apologies for the length of time it took to acknowledge your comments. I have not been active on this site for the past 6 months, or longer, due to other social and political issues that needed tending to.

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