This was a response to another earlier blog and I though I'd just put it out there for those that came out of religion after brainwashing their own children.
When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses my kids were 8 and 6 years old. They were fully brainwashed already. My son was able to go to the doors with me and give a 6 minute sermon including the reading of a couple of scriptures. My daughter was six and about to start doing her own sermons at the door. My little girl would be warning those at the door of their impending destruction.
One of the things that pricked the armor that was my faith,came from the lips of my son at 8 years old. I was reading to him from the Jehovah's Witnesses children's book, "My Book Of Bible Stories",the story was the flood of Noah's day. There was a picture of a mother climbing on top of a boulder to escape the rising water,she clutched a crying baby to her chest, while the ark floated off,door shut, in the distance. Ryan was so disturbed. He looked at me and asked why God would kill the baby of the wicked parent. "What did the baby do Mom?"
I gave him the answer I had been taught. "Little rattlesnakes grow into big rattlesnakes!",I said. Horrible answer. EGADS...hurts even now to think back on this. So sad to have things like this to ponder at such a tender age.
Ryan looked at me thoughtfully and then he said,"But Mom...the baby could have been a good person. Look at Adam and Eve,they had two kids,one was Cain and one was Able. One was good and one was bad."
This was the real beginning of my crisis of faith. SO much truth in his statement and I just couldn't shake it off. There is a lot more to the story of my de-conversion but this was the beginning.
Needless to say,both of my kids are thrilled to be out of the Cult of the JW's. When we left, we lost all extended family on both sides. It's been ten years since we have had any contact. This whole thing has been a lesson on religion and brainwashing that my kids and my husband and I will never forget.