posted on May, 5 2005 @ 07:32 PM
It has continued to exist because of the times in which we lived, where we are always a product of today. We may not be certain that man evolved, but
we are certain that man's knowledge has and does still evolve, or better yet, grows, while religion went through various stages of metamorphosis.
We must remember that according to the records available to us, religion has been around for well over 6,000 years, where for more than 5,900 of
those, the control of same was left to temple officials and church priests. The majority of humans were illiterate, while the inscribed and then
written religious word was available only to a select few. As religion metamorphosized, and because the word was closely guarded, the old beliefs fell
into obscurity. The evolution of man's knowledge started to not only crack that barrier with the age of the printing press, but opened it up with our
thirst for information on ancient cultures via archaeology.
With that, the information was making its way around the globe in book form, mostly in academic circles, but then along came the internet and blew the
doors off of selective dissemination. People are far more versed in all topics today, especially that of historical religion, than they were even 50
years ago. Religion is no longer served up in Latin from books available only to those behind the pulpit, or strictly to males standing before a
Torah, and many are paying attention to worldly influences both past and present.
I believe therefore that the governmental and religious powers recognize that the masses cannot be maintained for much longer, but neither can they
handle absolute disclosure that it was all a sham, in that people do not take well to learning they have been lied to. What would be unleashed when
the constraints of religious morailty is no longer viable, would be a backwards step to barbrism for many and a control issue by government. So, the
powers that be must stay as far ahead as possible of the masses and plot another change, i.e, one God which all religions embrace not based on record
of old, but spiritual inclination that would by the time the majority comes to recognize that we have been duped, will not only be amenable, but by
then, will become a so what?! That time I estimate will be within 50-150 years.
[edit on 5/5/05 by SomewhereinBetween]