posted on Apr, 1 2006 @ 12:23 AM
Originally posted by NeoQuest
I don't see how the person who wrote this post explained any conspiracy of spiritual/religious beliefs.
NeoQuest, you are correct. I didn't make the connection between Religion and Conspiracy with my first post. I'll try and elaborate a bit.
A Conspiracy can be defined in general terms as "a group of conspirators.....joining or acting together, as if by sinister design". For that and
other definitions and synonyms, look it up on www.thefreedictionary.com...
In that light, I would suggest that organized Religion in all it's forms is an attempt by various willful co-Conspirators to act together and impose
their will upon the masses.
Reduced to it's most basic form, Religion is really just a power-play of one human-being over another. The one who "leads" the Religion gets to
interpret God's (or whoever's) will and dictate the "divine" rules to the penitent masses -- who are often penalized for non-compliance.
Religion, as a conspiracy, transfers power from one group to another. This is evident in the compulsory behavior required of many religions: prayer,
tithes, self-sacrifice and other forms of will-worship. Only through these acts of obedient contrition is one proven "worthy" to be "holy" in the
eyes of his Religion. And, in the process of complying with Religious dogma, the believer sacrifices his own will at the alter of those who defined
the Religion in the first place. All the while, the Conspirators gain more and more power as their Religious influence spreads.
As the old saying goes, power corrupts -- and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Never content with the status quo, the Conspirators constantly seek to expand their sphere of influence and convert the non-believers over to the
"true" path, conspiring with one another to deny and defraud the sensibilities of their fellow man.
I could go on and on -- perhaps I already have. But, you raised a good question which I thought deserved an answer.