What religious tools of persuasion are the most powerful?
- JeffLv 51 month agoFavourite answer
For the believers, they rely most on their empty cult threats of eternal suffering, devil gonna git you, brimstone and hellfire, etc etc etc... WHY? Because they've got nothing else. Their claims and their gods are all unproven HorseCrap. So, they always eventually fall back onto Empty Cult Threats.
- jimmyLv 71 month ago
Torture, burning at the stake or stoning used to be good persuasion.
- PubliusLv 71 month ago
Direct experience with God.
- DocLv 61 month ago
The appeal to ignorance. Duh !
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- DavidLv 71 month ago
The most powerful tool of persuasion is the Word of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
- River EuphratesLv 71 month ago
There are some pretty powerful tools - fear, guilt, promise of an 'eternal reward', threat of a an 'eternal punishment (if the reward carrot didn't work), etc.
But yeah - childhood indoctrination probably trumps them all. Nothing quite like telling someone from before they even know what they are being told that there is an invisible man, up in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.
- MordentLv 71 month ago
Shunning. If everyone you know - all your friends and family - are part of a religious group it becomes extremely difficult or even dangerous for you to leave.
- KoLv 51 month ago
It's your thirst for that peace, for that fulfillment, for that joy, for that ultimate satisfaction in your life.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Dark Ages: Burning books, banning education, thumb screws, iron maiden (spikes and poles pushed through), rack (stretch until arms rip off), (draw and quarter family members, dip in tar to prevent souls from escaping, hang stinking quarters from trees in public squares for a year, bury quarters in separate parts of the kingdom to make sure that priests don't sanctify the remains), castrate little boys (called Castrati, to keep their voices high and angelic so they could remain in the choir where they could get friendly with priests), stocks (head and writes clamped while person is bowing), torturing and killing family members if they didn't comply with religion, rape (if didn't willingly have sex with old and licivious religious leader), enslaving and beating to death American Indians to build missions and harvest food for Saint Junipero Serra, rat torture (hot pot over rat on human stomach forces rat to dig through stomach slowly and painfully), iron chair (straps tighten to push spikes), judas cradle (spike through anus or vagina to rip innerds slowly and painfully, thumbscrews, flogging, the cage (cramped, no room to move, starve to death while porcine religious leaders snorfled food into their own snouts). Brainwash the weak and vulnerable (kids, homeless and hungry who could get food only if willing to pray and learn the bible, women who lost kids seek God as the only explanation and hope to feel better). I COULD GO ON, BUT THESE ARE THE REASONS THAT THEY GOT SO MANY CONVERTS. Also, fear of God's punishment (or hell) were other reasons for conversion.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Weekly lectures for life.
- 1 month ago
God's word, the Bible.
It sells itself. All a person has to do is quote or cite something from God's word to someone, and God takes it from there (1Cor 3:6). His word is like a planted seed. If the hearer is "good soil", something positive will in time happen. If not, it won't (Mt 13).