Have you ever been told that your children are Christians only because you brainwashed them? Have you been accused of keeping your children from understanding “real” science by brainwashing them with the Bible? Educators and other “experts” who embrace evolution declare that children taught to reject an evolutionary worldview will never understand the world around them. Many say that such children will be academic failures. Children will grow up to be unproductive citizens of the modern world, these experts warn, if they do not accept molecules-to-man evolution over millions of years as fact.
Secularists often claim that children who reject evolution have been “brainwashed.” Is this really true? Are some children being brainwashed? If so, is it Bible-believing Christians who are doing the brainwashing?
What Is Brainwashing?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, brainwashing is “a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.” The term is often used synonymously with terms like conditioning, reeducating, propagandizing, and indoctrinating. All of these terms make our blood run cold, suggesting a methodical manipulative approach to molding a mind in a way that prevents the brainwashed victim from objectively examining other views or making informed decisions.
Do Christians intentionally do this to their children? Do they purposefully hide the truth of supposedly “real” science from their children to promote biblical beliefs? Of course not.
Christian parents are responsible for bringing up their children in the truth and “in the training and admonition of the Lord,” according to Ephesians 6:4. The Apostle Paul told Timothy that “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:15–17).