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Religion, organized religions, like Christianity and Islam, even Judaism, control people through the laws, and rules, guilt, and fear of punishment or joy of rewards for complying. How is that not OBVIOUS?What are these based on? Ancient writings, mostly by men, who others seem to revere and honor, but why? Maybe then, but how relevant is all of it, now, maybe 2,000 years later?Following Dogma, because "that is the way it has always been" is the worst reason to 'believe'!! Times change, things change, these religions were based on life between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago! Things are different! Technology has changed our lives, and religions have not adapted and followed, for the most part!I cannot follow any 'religion' that tells me what to believe, and then makes it wrong, or a sin to question, think for yourself, and consider how things are now, and what the 'rules' meant then, and how they can be reinterpreted to apply, better, now.
Reiigion is real, but todays age it has become to complicated to know what to believe and who to believe. In the beginning basically there was one or two beliefs, but today there is literally over 4,000 different beliefs. Difficult question to answer controlling people is little to harsh of a word to use, but meant to help, giving them hope and to help motivate people then yes.
That's a complicated question that I'm not entirely sure about. Now I can say that I honestly believe saying that religion was created solely for the purpose of societal control is like saying the scientific method was created to get jobs at Universities.Now, religion can, is and was used as a controlling force and anybody who opens a page of church history who concludes otherwise in my opinion is either reading the few pages where that's not prevalent or propaganda
Religion is a weapon to brainwashed and divide people
No it's not meant to control people
It is hard to say
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