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Originally posted by yellowsnow
I see what you are saying about following a story structure...
But what if it was a more mundane thing that happened, but was later dressed up?
Like the story of Jesus, If you read it from a political perspective, It seams like Jesus gained a political movement against a tyrannical government. It seems to make more sense to me in that perspective. But like many stories told over and over it became more embellished.
Originally posted by mr10k
Ok so I reread the OP and Now I can post something meaningful.
God stories main objective is to give the people of their time Hope, that something better will come, allowing for control of the people. I think a religious system is one of the greatest weapons man has ever created. It can give good thigns, but take away much more.
A formula for concocting one:
-Make the people feel guilty for something
-Make it so the people will have to redeem themselves someway (establishing there may be hope for them still)
-High Authority that must be obeyed
-Group of people that will be the only means of communication to this High Authority ( like an advisor)
-Something that will make the people WANT to redeem themselves / a push factor (i.e. Hell / Public Disowning)
-Something that will make the people WANT to redeem themselves / a pull factor (i.e. Heaven / Anything they want)
-Establish a doctrine for your religion
-Establish history from that point in time onwards
This type of religion will ONLY work on people who are truly lost in the world, like children who are from parents that are survivors of a cataclysmic attack, thus rendering them with no knowledge of how the world works.