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I am 60 years old and have finally come to terms with the spirit destroying abuse I suffered as a child in the name of fundamentalist Christianity. I still believe in God and the many great spiritual teachers from all faiths, including Jesus. But, it took a long time to get to this place. I was terrorized as a child with threats of the possession by the devil if I wasn’t careful. I was told that normal anger from a child was possession by the devil. I was told and felt the impact of the belief that women and girls were to be subservient to men and boys. I was introduced to a wrathful rather than loving God at a very young age, an image that was perpetuated by the elders in my community. As you can imagine, every word, every action was fear-driven. It is so good to hear the stories of others who have suffered form this form of abuse.
Ugh, I wish I had not looked up what “red pill” is.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing the first time I googled it.
Thank you for such frankness and honesty about your experience growing up as a fundamentalist Christian! I was raised as a Catholic, and while there is much in the teachings and examples of Christ I admire I have left the church many years ago. I recently butted heads with two fundamentalists on a site about LGBT rights and actually felt bruised by the exchange! I can respect a person’s right to disagree with me on gay rights, but I wasn’t prepared for the vitriol and hatred masquerading as christian love and duty. It just didn’t make any sense to me. Anyway, thank you! You helped restore my faith in intelligent and compassionate discussion!