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My question is, was organized religion or any type of belief in Supreme Being invented by man to control man? Are we taught that God wants us to do this and God wants us to do that, only to keep us in our little maze like mice?
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. -Napoleon Bonaparte
Religion was created by man, Despite that, our Spiritual selves still seek our own truth. A belief in God, or Goddess survives DESPITE Religion
Originally posted by ZeroDeep
Or maybe we have been indoctrinated for so many centuries into this religious train of thought, that to shake it off, well, is near impossible. Organized, and unorganized religion is a conventional construct of man, wether or not they have been used as a tool of exploitation. Religion in my eyes, is an evolutionary phase in our society, yet to be passed.
Religion is what keeps the poor content. Christianity exploited this very well, teaching the poor to be content with thier living standards, and allowing them to feel a sense of inner-slavery, all the while not condeming slavery. It was Paul who had told a slave to be obedient to his master, was it not ?
Religion will alway be a part of man - mankind must worship SOMETHING it's impossible to worship nothing.
In regards to the slavery thing - yes Paul preached that servants must obey their masters... ...as unto the Lord.
He is referring to a servants duties to obey His master regardless how the master treats the servant - GOD will deal harshley with the unjust master, it is the servants righteous duty to obey God and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to the him and instruct him on how to behave.
No honest and believing Christian supports slavery of any kind -