Everyone gets indoctrinated. It is just a question of what they are being indoctrinated with.
Christ's love is alive and eternal in the monks that ceaselessly pray for the world, in children's hearts, in families that Glorify Him through their love of one another and others, in anyone's prayers or acts of kindness that are done humbly for Him and for our brothers and sisters of the world. We are His creation after all, so just the gift of our lives and people being born everyday with a soul seeking His love is evidence of His presence everywhere.
I'd say it's abusive to indoctrinate children. So is the love for Santa Klaus and Easter bunny alive children's hearts.
The human soul is very complex. Humans love all sort of things and have an amalgam of feelings towards many distinct things. Supreme things are the ones that stick in an adult's heart even after he has found that Santa Klaus is not true, or their religion.
True! Thus our best option, I think, is to indoctrinate our children with something that will lead them on the way to the One that gives Life.
Second to that, I truly believe He invented joy for us and our children as well. If there are 2 things I learned from my father, it are these:
- Trust in God Almighty because He is truly Almighty. Find Him in everything.
- Enjoy. Have joy in little things, have joy in big things, and way more important learn to find the joy hidden in the hard things.
These 2 things interlink.
I am glad I learned it as a child, with the help of Santa Claus...