Thursday, July 27, 2006

Repressed Memories and Satanic Ritual Abuse

I recently recieved the following comment on an unrelated post on this blog and although I answered the comment there I feel it was an important enough issue to bring up on the main part of this blog...

I thought I would post a hello to you.I suppose I have some similar ground to you in that I used to be one of the most passionate atheists in North America, an Ayn Randian objectivist, who wanted to outdo her...and was writing books in the same style, but worse, to advocate earth bound materialism and atheist rationalism.I was also very into goth before I came back to Christ, and I kind of understand your Christian goth feelings...

I came to Christ in my mid twenties.Praise God you have come back to Christ. It is really amazing to here your story, and I am not a shallow observer. I have gone through a deep transformation myself.Concerning SRA, I would not make the mistake of discounting it completely, even if you are tired of people confusing it with consciously practiced witchcraft or wiccanism (which it is not.)

When I was 27, after 3 years of being Christian, I remembered SRA memories, in a traumatic unrepression of memories that took years.Generational dissociative idolatry may indeed be real, I feel now. In fact, Christians who really believe should indeed expect to find pagan idolatry in the modern world, among those who are only shallow believers or not believers in Christ.

It is almost inevitable, if you believe the second commandment at all.I hope my understanding of SRA may help you to grow your point of view. SRA is not wiccanism, or Anton Lavey, or kids drawing pentagrams. It is the real thing, terrifying idolatry hidden beneath the surface level of the modern family in the modern world. It is not an organized conspiracy, but instead a generational familial curse. ("I do not fail to punish those who practice idolatry for 4 generations." Exodus 20)

Keep an open mind about this, even if you don't believe in every recovered memory story you hear. People worshipped idols and sacrificed victims in the dark before Christ came. They didn't merely give it up when Europe was Christianized or when science grew in the modern world. Repressed idolatry is all around you, right now, or may be.

For me, it is not about SRA anyway, in the end. For me, my life is about obedience and faith to Christ.

As a Christian I have some MAJOR problems with so-called 'repressed memories' of alleged 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' because the very methodology of using hypnosis to 'bring up' these alleged 'memories' has itself a base in the occult... and is I believe therefore unreliable AT BEST...

Hypnosis is problematic for a Christian for several reasons:

1) The fruit of the Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As we follow the Spirit’s lead, He will give us the power to better control our own selves. Hypnosis involves the transfer of control, away from ourselves to another person...

2) We are to yield ourselves - body, soul, and spirit - to God. Romans 6:12-13 gives us the formula for overcoming sin: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God . . . and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” It’s about control—as Christians, we can let sin control us, or we can let God control us. (See also Romans 6:16-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; and James 4:6-7.) The scriptural formula leaves no room for hypnosis (yielding ourselves to a fellow human being)

3) Hypnosis leads to an altered state of consciousness in which the mind is very susceptible to outside suggestion. That susceptibility is what the hypnotist needs in order to modify the behavior of his subject...

However, the very word susceptible should concern us. Scripture says to be watchful and “vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The hypnotist is not the only one who wants to modify our behaviour; Satan also wants to do some modifying, and we should be wary of giving him any opportunity to make his suggestions...

4) Hypnotism is often promoted as a simple way of “refocusing” ourselves and finding the answer within us. As believers in Christ, our focus is to be on our Saviour, not on ourselves or anything else (Hebrews 12:2). We know that the answers to not lie within us (Romans 7:18); the solution we need is found in Christ (Romans 8:2)

5) Many of the techniques used in hypnosis are shared by mystical, philosophical, and religious systems, including the occult...

The “father of hypnotism,” Franz Anton Mesmer, was himself a practitioner of the occult - his method of inducing a trance was very similar to the way a medium conducts a séance. Hypnotism, along with Yoga and Transcendental Meditation, has always been linked to spiritual darkness. The newfound respectability of these practices has not changed their underlying nature...

There's also some links that may be of value that concern (at least in part) hypnosis in the follwing thread at 'The Son and the Mon' Forums...

Although that thread is about Satanic Ritual Abuse there are links in it that deal with problems with things like allegedly repressed memories that are retrieved via hynosis...


Elizabeth F. Loftus is professor of psychology at the University of Washington. She has written several books on understanding how human memory is shaped by perception and experience and there's several links to articles on supposedly repressed memories, false memory syndrome, dissociation, etc that are of interest at the site above... I haven't read all the articles that there are links to there but what I have seen so far explains why she is sought after as an "expert witness" in court cases dealing with evidence obtained thru repressed memories, etc... If this interests you too it's well worth a look at IMHO...

The following links may also be of interest...

January 1992
Kenneth V. Lanning
Supervisory Special Agent
Behavioral Science Unit
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Academy Quantico, Virginia 22135

SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE IN POPULAR CHRISTIAN LITERATURE: Why Christians Fall for a Lie Searching for the Truth
Bob and Gretchen Passantino - This article first appeared in the Journal of Psychology and Theology, 1992, Vol. 20, No. 3, 299-305

THE RECOVERED MEMORY AND SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE Cult Awareness & Information Centre (Australia)

Characteristics and Sources of Allegations of Ritualistic Child Abuse Grant No. 90CA1405 Final Report to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect

The Myth of Satanic Ritual Abuse

Interview With Sherrill Mulhern By Jon Trott

Satan's" Sideshow: The True Lauren Stratford Story

Selling Satan: The Tragic History of Mike Warnke

Michelle Remembers: Fiction, not Fact

The Debunking of a Myth - Why the original "ritual abuse" victim may have suffered only from her childhood fantasies

Michelle Remembers - False "Survivor" Story of Satanic Abuse As someone said in a recent private message to me on a Christian Forum that Satanic Ritual Abuse MUST be true because there were books about it (presumably by the same logic there MUST also be little green men and flying saucers) here are some books worth checking out (and links to them) that are quite effective in debunking SRA claims:

Satan Wants You: The Cult of Devil Worship in America by Arthur Lyons (Mysterious Press, 1988).

In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult by Robert D. Hicks (Prometheus Books, 1991).

The Satanism Scare: Social Institutions and Social Change edited by James T. Richardson, Joel Best, and David Bromley (Aldine de Gruyter, 1991).

Out of Darkness: Exploring Satanism and Ritual Abuse edited by Sakheim and Devine (Lexington Books/ MacMillan, 1992).

Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend by Jeffrey S. Victor (Open Court Press, 1993).

Satan's" Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt by Debbie Nathan, Michael Snedeker (Authors Choice Press, 2001)

Hope these are of interest/assistance to others...


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