I gotta say, most of your post was pretty random overall...from manmade anti-christs as a business decision, to mind reading and pins in
cigarettes...sometimes its best to put down one or two clear points and go with that verses every random thought down in 3 paragraphs.
In saying that, I will say religion has always been in civilization, a means to control the working class. It allows the rulers to command hard work
from the slaves..erm, I mean, citizens, and in return, if they don't do anything rash or anti-social, they will get treats after they die.
Its a brutal mantra, however, it has gotten us as a civilization where we are today in quick order. Religion is needed for the average minds of
society whom would otherwise live in a destructive pattern, tearing apart some of the fabric of society in place of freedom (arguably anarchy).
Religion also employs standard tools for power..such as distorting the truth, lying, fearmongering, etc...hard to sell a religion that has no
consequences if you simply don't believe.
Not selling - Bigfoot exists
Selling - And eats those whom do not believe in him
Very selling - And believers must give $2 to the church of bigfoot monthly, else be munched on
People claim they want freedom, however, they do not...they simply want to have a say in designing which box will contain them. Freedom of thought is
Ever wonder why atheists are the most "feared" group out there? Ever met a true atheist? They are normally quite peaceful and thoughtful...however,
the fear stems from a free mind..we associate freedom with anarchy and chaos.
Finally, Religion is to personal spiritual growth what cars are to lawn maintenance...at best, its totally unrelated, if anything, it is damaging to
it. Deny religion, seek personal connection to the cosmos, and free your mind.
And if you fear half the church congregation is acting...heres an idea...stop going to church..your mind is your church, and you can allow or deny
admittance based on your whim