New research confirms that Christianity is a gateway faith for most teens who experiment with it.
Some will tell you Christianity is a harmless faith, but the Journal of the American Free Thought Association isn’t one of them.
Young people who worship the Christian god are two to five times more likely to move on to more destructive anti-social tendencies. That is the formal opinion of researchers, who published their conclusions from a recent study in the Journal of the American Free Thought Association (JAFTA).
It is also the informal conclusion of two recent high school graduates who talked with Family News. The two, who asked that their names remain anonymous, said they no longer believe in the Christian god, but that most of the kids they worshiped with in high school went on to harass other citizens, encourage prejudice and racism, disrupt the learning environment in local schools, and form picket lines at government institutions and funeral services for American soldiers.
One of the young persons said she started attending church because of peer pressure, but she stopped out of concern for her parents.
“I realized how bad it disappointed my parents,” she said. “My dad cried and so I stopped.”
The JAFTA study followed 311 sets of identical twins – one worshiped Christ while the other did not. Twins were chosen to help rule out a genetic or social explanation for the gateway effect. Almost half of the young people who started church before 17 went on to engage in anti-social behavior later in life. The study is the latest to suggest the link between Christianity and worsening social crises in communities. However, Dick Fillingham, of the Partnership for a Christ-Free America, said regardless of the evidence some still dispute the findings.
“But the one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that for young kids, to be even ‘dabbling’ with Christianity is just not a good idea,” Fillingham said.
He added he still thinks “Just Say Nope” is the best policy.
“Regardless of the denomination that is used, what we want to see is kids choosing not to participate in any of these services,” Fillingham said.
But experts say a good policy isn’t enough. They say parents need to be open and consistent with an anti-God message.
The negative effects of underage worship are undeniable and obvious. When considering those negative effects, it is alarming to see some of the actual statistics concerning the amount of teen worship in high schools and middle schools. In addition, many parents have felt that their teen’s faith is okay because it isn’t a “backwards” belief system like Buddhism, Judaism or Islam. However, it should be noted that Christianity destroys the minds of five times more teenagers than all other belief systems combined (usually through early indoctrination)!
Below are just a few of the alarming statistics associated with teen worship and the effects of Christianity on teenagers.
Illicit teen worship as of 2009.
8th grade : 30.3%
10th grade : 44.9%
12th grade : 52.8%
Underage worship costs the United States more than $58 billion dollars annually: enough for a new state of the art computer for every student.
In the last thirty days 50% of teenagers report worshiping with 32% being in church at least on one occasion.
40 percent of those who started worship at age 13 or younger developed dependence later in life. Ten percent of teens who began worship after the age of 17 developed dependence.
Teens that worship are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than teens who never go to church.
More than 60 percent of teens said that Christianity was sold or used at their school.
If you have a child that is dealing with underage worship and or faith abuse, please help them get the help they need to turn their life around.
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*To the best of my knowledge (and Google's), the American Free Thought Association is a fictional entity. The facts and statistics above are intentionally fabricated with malicious intent.