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Religion Is About Control

I 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.
Rosis92 Rosis92 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2012

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Really? Can you take a moment and explain what’s so oppressive about these?


““You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have?" (Matthew 5:43-46)


“But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another. Accordingly, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience. Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must also do the same. But besides all these things, clothe yourselves with love, for it is a perfect bond of union.” - Colossians 3:8,9, 12-14.

Absolutely. Religion is direct conflict with democracy. They want to rule, control,make laws, even have their own military and squash any disagreement. Nothing wrong with trying to live by the better teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.