Shincheonji indoctrinates you until you can’t think for yourself.
Indoctrination: the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
Critical (adj.): expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments.
When we are a child, our parents give us basic instructions and expected us to fully obey them. (Ex: don’t follow a stranger, eat your vegetables, this is moral, this is not) They taught us, and their opinions and beliefs greatly influence the set of beliefs and thoughts that we have today. They too discouraged us from expressing criticism or disagreeing with their rules. Isn’t this indoctrination as well?
In the classroom, there are classroom rules that are set by the teacher. Everyone in the classroom taught that they must abide by it, for the sake of everyone’s safety and learning. Isn’t this indoctrination as well? There are varying degrees of indoctrination present in any relationship, social structure, learning system, or organization that we are part of.
It’s difficult for me to say Shincheonji is a sect and indoctrinates when pretty much everything in our society and everyone does as well. But I guess it’s not very good either because I was able to leave it behind. The doctrine part made sense but no amount of indoctrination is going to make you want to stay in something if you don’t like it. And that’s what Shincheonji is good at — teaching you Shincheonji beliefs and doctrines, but not at making people want to stay.