Youre right, I have been brainwashed (for good or for bad) since I was born. When my parents arguments with me, I start thinking: "What if theyre right?" And I really get a feeling that they ARE right. But then again, Im thinking, what if I only feel this way because I have been brainwashed since I was born?
When we had our "little chat" it was really difficult to come up with some good arguments. I said to them: "All other religions in the world ALSO believe as much you do, that they are having the true religion."
Then they say: "Yes, thats true, but how can their religion be true when they are going to war? Look at JWs, they are the only religion in the world that doesnt go to war."
further they say: "Look at everything around us. Look at the sandwich you have just made. Who made it? You! Do you think that the sandwich could have made itself?" I answer no. "Well then, do you think then that the universe, which is so much more complex than a sandwich, can have made itself? NO! thats a proof for GOD."
Or: they mentioned a prophecy about the destruction of Babylon. That prophecie came in year 700 or something before Christ, and the destruction came 300 years AFTER christ. And they said that it was proven scientifically that the scriptures are 2700 years old. Now what can I say to that?
Generally under the whole "chat" I couldnt defend myself at ALL. When they asked me what the exact things to WHY I dont believe was, I couldnt answer, because I dont really know. The reason why I dont believe is a lot of different, small as big things, and I couldnt describe my feelings... so all my arguments just dropped dead.
My only good argument was: "You cant know 100 % if what you believe is true."
They said: "What!? Yes we can! We know its the truth."
I said: "No. You cant know. Thats why its called "faith", thats why you use the word "believe". In the end it all comes down to faith. I cant either know if Im right by NOT believe in it or if Im wrong. I can only believe. No matter how many prophecies there are, or how great the universe is, it all comes down to the faith."