No, before you say it, religion is NOT salvation. Religion was never salvation, so much as worship. And that wasn't even the beginning of it. Religion
started out as the original science, defining and explaining the world around us. And then naturally, because our understanding only went so far, we
began to fear and worship these things.
Nowadays, we have Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhists, Baptists, Lutherans, Taoists, Muslims, and all of these other faiths.
So, what is the purpose of religion, exactly? If it is not the absolute truth, then why is it here? Why do we invariably choose a religion (atheists
These are questions that must be answered if we are to understand the true nature of our world. What I mean is, in order to understand the true
nature, we must understand the false nature. What it is, why we have chosen it, why we will cling to it when confronted with evidence to the
We must know our enemy in order to defeat it, or see through it. Don't misunderstand me; I do not advocate the downfall of religion. In all honesty,
it may be one of the few things keeping utter chaos at bay. It may be one of the few reasons our race is still alive.
However, we must see the flaws of religion, so that our crutch does not become our lifeline. Rather than become dependent on morphine, we use it while
we heal and grow stronger, so that one day, we may step away from it entirely, a new and healed being. In this sense, I will describe my impression of
exactly what religion is doing for us, and why we lean upon it so much.
It comes down to three things: a preclude to science; a substitute for responsibility for both fate and flaws; and an answer for questions we don't
really understand (which eventually evolves into a controlling mechanism). Essentially, it's a fear of the unknown, and a desire for closure, in a
world we pretend we understand, but really don't. However, I feel a more precise and in-depth look is required on the subject.
First of all, the preclude to science. Since, in the very distant past, we had no real understanding of protons and electrons and all of this stuff,
we (and when I say 'we', I mean mankind) attributed lightning to Thor, the god of Thunder. Other civilizations had similar ideas, looking to Zeus for
the answer to that great flash and CRACK during thunder storms. The seas were affected by Poseidon, the sun was a chariot led across the sky by
Apollo, and Athens itself was founded by...well, Athena. Even such a small thing as spiders were given stories by mythical beings such as Arachne, the
weaver of legend cursed by Athena.
These people were not fools...they often used legend in order to weave stories together, using their "science" to tell tales that would impart morals
to the younger generations. They knew how to use these stories, in the same fashion we use the Bible today. They were not fools...but they were not
scientists either. Hence, their best answer was mythology...and eventually, their fear and respect for the mysteries of nature led to worship, that
nature might not unleash its fury upon them.
This leads us to the second part of my conjecture...the questions that were beyond our comprehension (and still are). Children ask many questions, and
adults, who are more able to organize and direct their thoughts, ask even more questions. Answers are needed for these questions, because man likes to
understand the world that he interacts with. Answers drive the unknown back, and man fears the unknown. Therefore, quite understandably, curiosity is
rampant among these people, unless a "god" forbids it.
This is when the empires start rising. Priests are born, temples erected, and brotherhoods founded...and naturally, man goes to these priests for
questions. This gives the priests unthinkable power. With a simple answer, they can change the course of a man's life...the fate of a city...or even
the tale of history itself! All with the "word" of the gods. Thus, this ability to "commune" with gods grants them the right to make decisions, as per
the will of the almighty beings. I would like to note here that several ancient temples have been discovered to have gas leaks, a possible explanation
to the visions experienced by these priests.
Thus, the "control mechanism". It extends back centuries, because no man can resist the power to lead a nation while lurking in the shadows. And these
superstitious races...why, who are they to question the mouth of the gods? Heaven forbid they offend the rulers of the heavenly realm and cause them
to rain fire and lightning upon the lands!
But philosophers begin telling tales of how these men are incorrect...how they cannot answer questions that Aristotle can, and Plato. Philosophers and
watchers of the night sky are providing more answers than priests. Answers about planets, and the sun. True science is just beginning to shift its
magnificent head, ready to rise. Oh, this simply cannot do! And so, they needed an attraction, something that would bind the people to the gods
forevermore. Something that couldn't be undone or rewound...a permanent seduction, based upon the very nature of man. And this is the final nail, the
bear trap that has us caught fast, even to this day.
If you give your fate to one being (God), and all of your responsibility for your flaws to another being (Satan), what are you left with? Desire. All
of your fears, all of your worries and mistakes and sins, are taken care of by one or the other. One takes responsibility for your fate, the other
takes the blame for your faults. It's magical. Of course, you can't be allowed to run rampant. You must serve the Living Son of God, Jesus Christ. You
must focus your desire, your energy, upon this service. And who knows how to serve properly? Who controls the manual that has been printed more than
anything else? Why, the Church! The Church that was originally a government! That originally controlled people themselves, and demanded taxes and
money and sacrifice and celibacy and heterosexuality and meekness and all of these things!
The Church, which still has its hand in all thing government and state.
You can probably finish this for yourself...but I wanted to reveal this to all of you. Yes, even you who have been clutching the skirts of the Church
for many years now. I want you to see the truth to. How the Church has utilized the subconscious desires of man, the basic instincts of man, to seduce
you into an order of control that has lasted for centuries.
It has lost power as a government, but the government can only control so many things. The Church controls how you live your life...because
apparently, it is THE foremost authority in what is WRONG and what is RIGHT.
And yet, as any ATSer on here will tell you, these two concepts (RIGHT and WRONG) are utterly subjective. Who is the Church to tell you what is just
and unjust? How do they know what moral is? From an ancient book that has been rewritten, revised, reworked and eventually reinvented? We have no
proof that it is legitimate. We have the word of the Church...
The Church, which still retains power through this book, upon which has been founded a system of control known today as "religion".
You may interpret this as you like...but remember: No religion is the right one. Love everyone and everything, and you'll know what to do.
Jesus isn't a passport. Jesus wasn't the embodiment of love. Jesus was an example. Now, it's up to you. Not the Church. Not the Bible. You. Love is
all you need. Not Jesus. There is more than one way...find the one that suits you best. If you NEED the Church (and I doubt you do) go for it. But try
to be who you are, instead of who they want you to be.
And while religion has many possibilities, many applications, the potential doesn't matter...the actuality does. So if guns have the potential to
defend, but the actuality of murder, it will still be viewed as dangerous. Why? Because despite of the positive aspects, the negative aspects are too
powerful to overcome. Apply this to organized religion
...not individual faiths and independent worships...but organized religions
as Christianity and Catholicism and the Baptists and Lutherans. The most widely spread of today's religions. Do you see my point?
We're not robots, we're people. People capable of loving. Jesus is dead, and gone, so now it's up to you. What will you do with it?
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