posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 09:17 AM
After reading through scores of discrepancies and contradictions I'm convinced that it is was a tool for power in the early Church between the
council of Nacea till Martin Luther and the dawn of the protestant movement. I'm no expert, but I understand that in Catholic Churches, particularly
in the earlier ones, it was the priest who read the book and the commoners who listened.
The dooms day prophesies and the damnation message attached to them, strike me as a fear-tool keeping the religious in church and in check.
The contrasting views that man has always had, when passed off as divine doctrine, create greatly varying sects and denominations of the church. This
is what I attribute today's decline of Christianity to.