Religion Is About ControlI read a book called 'The war on heresy' which is essentially about the Catholic Church's consolidation of its power in the early middle ages. It was insightful to me, being from a very old Languedocien family, the oppressions effected on the peoples of southern France by the northern French and the Catholic Church are legendary.
Organised religion removes the freedom of thought from believing and replaces it with fear and dogma. I have never been comfortable sitting in Mass, and that is not because I am not a particularly 'saintly' girl, more that I don't adhere well to all the force in what you do in church. The Nicene Creed, what was it but a statement of the Church's position back then when they overturned centuried of more Gnostic teachings and Arianism, to give further power to Rome, the Bishop of Rome, over the Archbishop of Jerusalem.
The only 'model' for us to use in our devotions is the Lord's Prayer. Christ was teaching the simplicity of what we should ask God for, since so many were 'politicking' with their prayers in his day, like the Pharisees, trying to be more than they were. The Christian message is a simple one, but the Church seeks to mystify it for the sake of controlling the masses and power over the powerful.