An awful of people want to be controlled but thats a different topic I think.
Its not like a bunch of people got together and asked themselves how they could best enslave the population and religion came out.
That was soooooo perfectly said. Thanks. That’s what I’m talking about. There’s a HUGE population of people who really want to be controlled.
That’s a big problem to begin with. Next, there are often a few evil a-holes lurking around who are more than happy to step in and take advantage
of those people who want to be controlled. Then there is a small minority -- those of us who will not be controlled and who don’t really want to
control anyone else either. We sit on the sidelines and watch all the madness and either weep or get angry about it. Those of us that speak up and
oppose the evil a-holes usually end up with an appointment with the gallows (at the hands of the controlled masses). The rest of us stay quiet and do
what we can to help where possible, and try to avoid being burned at the stake or some other nonsense.
I come right back to the point that religion is not flawed. The people are flawed. The thing the OP seems angry about is the deviation from
religious ideals by so-called pious people, when it is plainly obvious to all us outsiders that they are being complete hypocrites (not practicing
Are the rules of religions a tools to oppress the masses or are they a methods of ritual to explore personal divinity, spirituality and the divine
nature of God?
The answer is both.
Is nuclear power good or evil? It’s very similar. It can be used for good and it can be used for great evil.
To the foolish people who want to be controlled, and to the people who want to dominate and consume other people, religion is a tool of oppression and
To those who free themselves from that vicious loop, and you can be free and still enjoy organized religion, the rules of religion are a tool to
Most religious “rules” are based around a ritual activity or the suppression of an appetite. Some rules even require submission to a religious
authority. Accept it or not, I think humility is a personal characteristic that can be explored. It is sometimes learned by submitting to the
authority of someone else, even if you think they might be wrong. That is a deep and interesting subject in and of itself though.
Religions have rules, teachings, dogmas, theologies, etc., etc. Those “rules” have valid spiritual value.
Evil people who want to control others see the power of religion. They see what a great hammer it makes to get other people to do things they would
not normally do if they had been left alone with the religion they had.
[edit on 11-4-2007 by Perfect Fifth]