posted on Nov, 13 2007 @ 03:39 AM
It's all to do with fear. And controlling fear on a mass scale is an effective, but dangerous tool.
The Abrahamic religions especially attempt to influence people's fears of death by giving them a clear cut set of rules to lead their lives by - do
this and you will die and be happy, don't do this and you will die and be in pain forever.
When believers encounter non-believers it brings up questions in their own minds - 'If they DON'T believe, WHY do I? Who is right?'.... This
manifests itself externally as lashing out at non-believers, by extinguishing the threat of self-analysis, the fears do not rise to the surface.
All negative external force of human interaction - whether it be school yard bullying or global military conflict is borne out of fear.
The greater the force, the larger the fear. Religion's grasp on the individual psyche is extremely weak, but the accumulative effect of controlling a
group of people, from a village to a country strengthens it's hold on the individual, because each person's belief, or rather more accurately, their
outward allegiance to a religion, is enforced by their inclusion in the flock or society which reinforces the religions rules and systems.
Most people wish to belong. It's the human condition - We want confirmation that we are not alone, that our consciousness is not a singular case,
that other people exist as we exist. This need to belong is also met by religion. Belonging to a congregration or group gives a sense of social
belonging. This in itself isn't a bad thing, but it's coupling with the fear-enforcement is where the danger lies, and why religion is such a
potent, emotive motivator for controlling large populations.
Fear is why people think it is OK to force their moral beliefs on others - they simply fear the self-analysis that encountering people with differing
beliefs brings to them. It is easier for them to bully, kill, enslave or silence those with differing beliefs than it is to analyse one's own beliefs
to accomodate or compromise.