Demons in The Night

We lived with another family for a few months when we sold our house.  I love this family, and I am sad we have gone separate ways.  If other circumstances hadn’t drifted us apart, I am sure my being out as an atheist would have.  The Lawrence’s are very devote.  They are completely submerged in the culture of their church, the infamous International Church of Christ.  

There were a lot of strange things about their beliefs that I noticed while living with them, but one of the most significant effects was the terror their two children had a bedtime.   The Lawrence’s children were 12 and 9 at that time, and both were petrified of the dark, and had a terrible time falling asleep at night.  Satan was very much alive to these children, and he was lurking around every corner waiting to steal their little souls.  Part of their nighttime ritual involved reading a devotional, a verse or two from the bible, and praying.  I was invited to listen to this a few times.  I don’t think my friends realized how scary even casual mentions of Satan were to their children.  Falling asleep was difficult for them.  A light had to be on, all the room had to be checked and checked again, especially under the bed and in the closet.  The children would whimper, and leave their beds numerous times before finally falling asleep exhausted, often on the floor of their parent’s room.

I wonder how many Christians realize they are terrorizing their children by scaring the Hell out of them.


About Brick Window

A mother and an atheist--Just trying to do the best I can in a suburb full of believers.
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4 Responses to Demons in The Night

  1. prosey says:

    …or scaring the hell into them. Yep, having grown up with fire & brimstone, I’m *still* afraid of the dark, pushing toward 40, and I don’t believe in hell or god or satan or any of that. *sigh*

  2. fribnit says:

    one nice thing about being raised Jewish is the absence of the “ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT” from most of the Jewish doctrine. Never had any sort of fear of god or Satan as fear was not a part of the equation.

    There was plenty of other foolishness, the entire set of Kosher laws comes to mind, but at least we didn’t have to deal with Satan waiting to snatch our souls.

  3. Jay Walker says:

    Well, I was going to say “scaring the hell into them, but prosey beat me to it!” GMTA!

    It is terrible that these parents, and many other’s like them, don’t realize how much torment they are putting their kids through. Of course, they were probably raised the same way so it seems perfectly natural to them. Religious belief truly is a delusion, as Richard Dawkins said.

  4. Brick Window says:

    I don’t think they even connected the Before Bedtime Stories and Prayers with the difficulty they had putting them to bed. More cognitive dissonance, I suppose.

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