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Last night I was reading Seth Andrew's book, Deconverted, and I almost fell out of my chair when he discussed being forced to watch the end times film from the 1970's call "A Thief in the Night."  He described some of the scenes, and I had a visceral reaction.  I was also forced to watch this film, and it terrified me!  My first blog post ever was actually about the trauma of begin forced to watch this film as a child.  I ran to my neighbor's house and begged her to accept christ because if she didn't she would get her head chopped off and go to hell.  I was genuinely terrified that my buddy was going to be tortured for eternity.  Her parents informed me that we could not play together anymore.  Good for them? I was devastated of course.  I ran in to my parents room any time I woke up in the middle of the night, fearing that they were "raptured."  

I have often shared information about this film to others in a joking fashion.  Seth's book describes some details, including the words of the some, "I wish we'd all been ready."  I read those words and fully felt the fight/flight response.  I'm a clinical psychologist, and I know what that means.

How many readers were forced to watch this film?

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Indoctrinating children into religion is a form of child abuse.  My youngest son was traumatized by Jaws, so I can imagine what would have happened had he been forced to watch the sort of trash you report.

I watched the beginning of "a thief in the night" yesterday but I couldn't stand the crude stereotypes and the stock christian monologues.


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