Frightening a Child is Mental Child Abuse
Frightening a child is no less a form of child abuse than is maiming or molesting a child. Yes, today’s thought to contemplate will be uncomfortable, but necessary to deal with if we are to be in the world as healers.
Some parents threaten their children with abandonment to control them. This strikes such fear into the vulnerable little one that morbid mental maiming is the result. The ultimate abandonment ploy is the religious lie that claims God abandons to eternal punishment those who do not revere the divine enough. This makes God out to be a monster, but not as much a monster as the person who perpetuates such lies.
Oh, I know you know plenty of church going folks who are sweet and gentle despite the ways in which they warn of the fantasy called hellfire and damnation, but the same can be said of any child molester. The teaching of hell and devil to children who are too immature to detect an illogical lie when they hear it is molestation. Until it is recognized as such and stopped, children are not safe. Equip the children you know with truth before they are sucked into a religious lie, and you do much to prevent religious child abuse. If you are still in recovery from such long ago abuse yourself, call me now to receive healing support.
(For help in overcoming the residual effects of any religious abuse of the past, you are invited to contact Rev. Michael Jamison at Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615, 785-478-1333, to learn more about the Unity way of positive living.
To listen to a different message, recorded fresh all seven days a week, call 785-478-1777, or just wait seven years to read it rewritten in email.)
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