Does Christianity Brainwash the Vulnerable?

Greg refutes the challenge that those who turn to Christ during a difficult time in life have somehow been taken advantage of.



00:06 You know, it's not unusual for someone to become a Christian right after some very

00:12 difficult time in their life.

00:13 They're vulnerable, okay.

00:14 But of course, this leaves them open to the charge that a person who's vulnerable is more

00:20 open to being brainwashed, okay.

00:22 So let me respond to that for a moment.

00:25 What is vulnerability?

00:27 Vulnerability is a time in your life when, generally, the kind of circumstance we're

00:31 talking about, you feel a lot of pain, a lot of anguish, and it causes you to ask questions

00:37 about the world and look for answers to them in response to your anguish, okay.

00:43 Now, is it unusual for someone to look to God in a moment of anguish?

00:49 The answer is, "no."

00:50 Of course, this happens all the time, alright?

00:52 But, do you have any idea how many people become atheists in the same set of circumstances?

01:00 They lose a loved one, they encounter a terrible circumstance that assaults their life.

01:07 They are anguished, they are vulnerable, they are looking for answers, and the answer they

01:13 come up with is, "There is no God."

01:16 So some people during a time of anxiety and vulnerability see God as the answer to that,

01:25 and others, in the same set of circumstances, see no God as the answer.

01:30 Do you get the point I'm making here?

01:33 The fact that one is anguished and vulnerable is not itself is not the deciding factor of

01:40 whether what you believe is true or not, whether you've been brainwashed or not.

01:46 That is always determined by something else.

01:48 It's determined by the reasons.

01:52 Are there good reasons when you're vulnerable and anxious and experience a tragedy to be

01:58 driven to God as the only source of meaning and security.

02:03 The answer from where I sit is, "yes."

02:07 We give those reasons all the time.

02:09 And I could elucidate them time and time again.

02:12 Is there good reason if we go through anxiety, and discomfort, and hardship, and loss to

02:21 doubt the existence of God?

02:24 Well there I think you've got a problem.

02:26 Because if there is no God, then there are no tragedies.

02:29 No moral tragedies.

02:30 There are things that we don't like.

02:33 But how do we say that this is evil, or this is bad, or this is wrong, or it shouldn't

02:37 be that way if there is no God to determine the way the world actually should be?

02:43 So it turns out that this challenge that when you're anxious and go through a time of vulnerability

02:49 that's when you're really open to being brainwashed about God is an empty challenge because frankly,

02:54 it can go in either direction.

02:57 Ultimately, what matters for the issue of the soundness of our convictions are the reasons

03:05 that back them up, not the emotions that might drive them.


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Greg Koukl