reply to post by awake_and_aware
It is worth debating and changing, but it also feels like bashing your head against a brick wall.
Honestly, if I could answer the question as to how an agnostic converts to that, I would. It blew my mind. I thought she was joking (she's a she, and
I'm a she, just so you get the right context here, lol). I really thought she was joking, I even laughed. And then I realized it was no joke. And I
laughed again. Then my brain exploded.
She met someone who she became close to at school, who eventually opened up about her religious beliefs and she is crazy devout. Next thing I know my
friend is mailing me a freaking invitation to some church with connections to a major televangelist figure. I was like you have got to be completely
out of your mind if you think for a second I would submit myself to that cult. It is a cult. There is no other correct word. CULT. Even my friend's
own Christian mother called them a cult!
They stole her and brainwashed her all because I was a bit busy in my life and wasn't there when she obviously needed my insight the most. I feel I
failed her and myself here. It's really sad. She just said she was saved, she felt god connect to her, she really told me that, and that now she has
no questions. This is a best friend I have had for almost 10 years! We've had deep conversations about the nature of religion and the Bible itself
being entirely man-made, how easy it would be to start your own religion, etc.
Now she's gone to the dark side, and frankly I'm too scared to reach in there to try to grab her out. They've already told her she shouldn't speak
to me anymore, they even told her not to listen to her mother because she is Catholic and Catholics are going to hell. They tell her to break up with
her boyfriend because he isn't serving god. They get on her for smoking cigarettes, even the music she listens to.
They told her that all her faults are her experiencing payment for sins that she committed or sins of her parents/family. No jokes here people, this
is definitely kool-aid status. I fear for her, she said herself she feels oppressed by them now and doesn't know how to turn back. They've consumed
her facebook, they follow her at school, they guilt trip her for skipping church, talk down to her and tell her she's always sinning. The worst part
is that she believes it all. She's nothing but argumentative with me now like she thinks she is going to convert me or something. I was raised
atheist and then self-professed agnosticism when I got older, and she's seriously trying this stuff on me?! She even has gone so far to bring
dinosaurs and evolution into it. We went to a public school and were taught evolution, not creation, and now suddenly dinosaurs this and apes that and
Adam and Eve and nothing makes sense anymore.