The Nightmare of Christianity

Max Blumenthal, writing for the Nation, describes how a young man went from being oppressed as a young Christian, to rebellion via various occult traditions, to murder and suicide. The media played a part in blaming his violence on his beliefs during his rebellious phase, while avoiding or glossing over the crucial role his earlier brainwashing played in eroding his mental health. This story is three pages long, and well worth the read.

A few miles down the road from Colorado Springs [a home to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family], in the quiet bedroom community of Eldredge, a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray followed the unfolding debacle at New Life Church [once under the stewardship of Pastor Ted Haggard] with an interest that bordered on obsession. Murray, a sallow-faced, bespectacled 24-year-old, had been indelibly scarred by a lifetime of psychological abuse at the hands of his charismatic Pentecostal parents. Murray’s mind became crowded with thoughts of death, destruction, and the killings he would soon carry out in the name of avenging what he called his “nightmare of Christianity.”

Read the rest and leave comments. What do you think will happen with the many kids being raised the same way Murray was?

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5 Responses to “The Nightmare of Christianity”

  1. re: “What do you think will happen with the many kids being raised the same way Murray was?”

    I hope they will turn out OK and that the Christian values they learn from their parents will help them lead a good and decent life.

    Murry was 24 years old and fully accountable for his own actions. The Christ following mold his parents tried to make for him was broken somewhere along the way by his own rebellious will. Most likely he was greatly influenced by occult inspired music and books that corrupted his thinking. In the end his rebellion was against his own godly parents and against the Lord. He knew that what he was doing was evil and the painful conflict he experienced was probably demonic in nature.

    “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;” Romans 8:6

  2. Thank you for commenting, youngearth! I hope the kids being raised in this way turn out okay, too.

    You say that for this one kid who grew up to be so disturbed: “The Christ following mold his parents tried to make for him was broken somewhere along the way by his own rebellious will.” You call his parents godly. It seems you approve of the way that he was raised, yes?

    Murray said of his upbringing, “There was physical abuse in my home. My mother although used psychotropic drugs because she somehow thought it would make it easier to control me.” (And so on, he lists a lot of issues.) That is a “Christ-following mold”? You think that Jesus would have approved of these parents isolating and beating their child?

  3. youngearth Says:

    It seems you approve of the way that he was raised, yes? No

    You think that Jesus would have approved of these parents isolating and beating their child? No

    I think Jesus wants children to honor their father and mother.

    I think Jesus want parents not to exasperate their children.

    “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become disheartened.” – Colossians 3:20-21

  4. I agree that honoring one’s parents is generally a good thing – but not when one’s parents are abusive. Maybe sometimes, the parents are just wrong.

    How do you reconcile this contradiction? What if the parents are “provoking” the children, should they still be obeyed?

  5. youngearth Says:

    The fifth commandment says this:
    “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

    Now the fifth commandment was etched on stone originally and there probably wasn’t enough room for all the possible escape clauses. I think it means this though – if you obey your parents then you are obeying God. Just think kids eventually grow up and get to be parents themselves one day. In the meantime obey your parents, be tactfully persistent, and also patient.

    As a parent myself I like it when my children tell me how they think and feel about something.

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