Religious Fear in our Hearts. Strictly for Profit.

Exploiting religion

Strictly for profit

Should people be forced to live their lives in fear, ignorance, and the threat of eternal punishment so that religion can prosper?

Are these emotions really necessary to keep people "in line" all their lives?

Does religion go too far in controlling our lives?

Does religion really deserve this freedom to brainwash our kids?

The exploitation of our Creator for profit has gone unchallenged for far too long. This is a sin against our Creator and a sin against humanity itself.

I am neither a prophet, nor a seer; nor do i hear voices or hallucinate. But I will admit that i have found enlightenment through thought and through prayer. By prayer, i do not mean the conventional prayers of repetition, but through deep pragmatic sanction directly from the one that we call Creator. This is not a special gift bestowed upon me - it is universal and available to all that ask and believe in him. (I will refer to the Creator as 'The One' instead of putting false human gender attributes to denote its being).

The Creator is also not the 'god' of religion that you have been taught to worship, adore, and fear throughout the history of religion A.D. [and i use this time line only to denote the time frame of the exploitation of, and by, today's religious standards].

If you have read any history of modern day religions, you will have discovered by now, that Jesus was merely a man with a vision; ahead of his time, and aware of this connection to the universal creative forces. He was indeed a political rebel and knew (saw)(understood) how humanity was slipping away from the Creator and into the hands of the oppressors.

What Jesus stood for is still alive today but not through what religions have become by default.

Religions - including those that push 'Christianity' as the only way to heaven have been deceiving us for generation after generation, all the while raking in big profits and instilling fear and hatred to maintain their control over the masses.

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Knowing right from wrong

Man does not need an intermediary to know right from wrong, or another human being to give absolution for pay. The Creator gives us all absolution - for free !! Have a pure heart, without hatred, prejudices, intolerance and you will need no assistance to "pray" or "pay" your way into your conceived 'heaven'.

Enlightenment is not your enemy. Your continued beliefs based on fear and retribution are the enemies of all humans.

Those who profit from peddling "religion" are the ones who have instilled that "Fear in our Hearts" for no other reason than to have that 'control' over your life and your very soul. You alone are the guardian of that life and soul. Sinning on Saturday and praying for forgiveness on Sunday is not a very convincing apology for 'sinning'.

And while we are at it, let's look at the concept of "sinning". [Sin, by definition is: an offense against religious or moral law. A transgression of the law of god.]. Religion or moral laws - man made laws, man made rules. We do not need a religious emissary to tell us what is, or is not, a bad thing to commit. And what you believe to be a sin is only a sin for you. You cannot judge another person based on your limited perceptions of right or wrong. Religion has defined their ideas of sin for you without your input; without your consent. And you have accepted this as truth because? Because they speak for the Creator? Because they need to control us with threats of punishment by the Creator? Or to instill that all controlling "fear in our hearts" ?.

I think we all know the answers to those questions, but it is way easier being a lamb than a leader. A sheep for a shepherd to herd. The problem with turning that power and control over to a stranger - a wolf in sheep's clothing - you do not foresee the end of the road when those shepherds are leading you to the metaphorical slaughter. [Sort of takes the responsibility for our own actions off of us in a perverted sort of way]

We need to stop empowering others to pave the way to salvation for us. We are still responsible for our own destinies and it would be so much more enjoyable a journey to be your own master and your own guide. Trust yourself in knowing what is right or wrong for yourself and stop trying to direct the traffic flow of other peoples' lives when you can't even drive your own, on you own.

Get rid of that "fear in your heart" and let cosmic peace in - you will surely find it more rewarding when you realize that paying your way to salvation is only paying the way to a life of luxury for those that constantly affirm and enforce that "FEAR IN YOUR HEART".

Rules to live by

A few simple rules to live by that will provide us with inner peace and harmony:

  • Walk with the Creator of the Universe and not the god of base and corrupt religion.
  • Enjoy life, and love unconditionally.
  • Forgive others their trespasses against you - not revenge for what you perceive to be a wrong against you.
  • Accept everyone for who they are - individuals - not what you think they should be.
  • Be more concerned with the wrongs that you do to others, not what wrongs you think someone else is doing.
  • We as individuals are NOT the directors of the lives of others on this "theatrical stage of humanity".
  • Be more concerned about what comes out of your mouth than what goes in it.
  • We are ALL just 'passing through' this lifetime and need to pay attention to what we do while here, not what others are doing.
  • If our hearts are filled with love and forgiveness, there will be no more room for hatred and guilt in the world and this unnecessary "fear in our hearts".

by: d.william 03/18/11

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

I agree with your assessment of Christ. I think he was a great Master, but people are not interpreting his words in the right way. When Jesus tells Peter, "You will do even more than me" he believes people will evolve to his spiritual level. I believe in reincarnation, and whenever I hear, "I am the resurrection and the life" I think Jesus was saying, "And you will be the resurrection and the life, and so will you, and you, and so on. What good is religion if everyone is so busy arguing about how theirs is right, and everyone elses is wrong?


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Your insight is awesome. Thanks for reading and your words of assurance.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

It's real simple to me. If one believes that God is love and in God all things are possible, everything else is folly.

I don't think my mother ever forgave me for telling her Jonah was not literally swallowed by a whale.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You are wrong about your concept of Christ and sin. Read and study the Holy Bible. God clearly defines sin and clarifies exactly who Jesus Christ was and is. We must believe in Him as the Son of God who came to earth as a human, lived a sinless life and died for us. Only through that faith can we know God. Jesus indeed came as a sacrificial lamb, He will return as a warrior for the Kingdom of God. God does not demand this through anger but love. God-the Creator of the Universe loves us that much.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for you comments. And you are 100% correct. I do believe that the brain washing has been quite effective over the generations. Your mother is a perfect example of what that type of indoctrination has done to us over the years. My mother was the same. The fear of even the thought that there might be something askew in our religious beliefs leaves such devastating guilt on the psyche of those not strong enough to face that possibility. This plot by those who would empower others were quite cunning, and devious in their endeavor to over power the people and keep them under their control through sheer fear and guilt. This is truly a sad commentary of our past.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to make your comments.

I do not try to change the beliefs of anyone. I just state the facts. History holds a lot of mystery, but the history of religion is certainly no mystery. I cannot explain to you the errors of your teachings, it would take too much time in this small space. But, i have given many explanations in several of my hubs as to the reality of modern day religions and the damages they have done to people in their personal spiritual growth.

I can only feel sorry for people who have so little insight, or lack the capacity for logical reasoning when it comes to the brain washing that has been forced on millions of people down through the ages, all in the name of religion that was invented merely to control the subjects of those in power.

Read my hub entitled: Questioning Christianity - are you beliefs valid? These are historical facts, not speculation. But, believe what you will - the Creator will love you anyway. Every life is sacred and has a definate purpose.

The adults of the future will have a much better understanding of spirituality without the highly intrusive indoctrination process that has come to be an accepted practice in our culture.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Another great hub with a hard hitting message. You are spot on in your assessment of the current situation with regard to organised religion. Religion is a profitable business because there are so many people who would rather hand responsibility for their spiritual development over to someone else rather than accept responsibility themselves. Religion is a sign post but the problem still re4mains that many people are stuck mistaking the sign post for the destination. I also find it so strange that people will hold fast to words they say were spoken by great men like Jesus or Buddha who actually never wrote down even one of their messages. How are people so quick to lay down their lives for words that have been interpreted, edited and translated so many over the years? I love your hubs. Thank you.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks again for your support. It is really frustrating when you know people read their bibles as gospel truth without even considering the possiblity that they have been duped all these years by politicians with their own agendas. It is difficult for me to understand at times how people can give up their individuality for sake of the twisted truths they are fed every day of their lives.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

When we love one another without prejudice, without being judgemental, then we know God. Thank you for the link to the Indigo Children. I read it and left a comment. I have a Grandchild who is ' different ' yet extremely intelligent. Great hub.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

The Bible has an exoteric meaning, the one if you just read the words. Then there is the esoteric meaning, as in Metaphysics, the real, hidden meaning behind the words. And I have taken the time to read the whole Bible. I looked up every book on Wikipedia and other sources. Biblical scholars who devoted much of their lives to this Book believe that most of the Books in it were not even written by the writers of name on the Books! You don't have to answer, you know my views too. Nice hub as usual!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for your comments. I am glad you found Jean Bakula's site. She is one of the most enlightened individuals i have met on this site so far.

If you really want to take a walk on the lunacy side check out this hubber:

hubpages.com/profile/ladypatience and read her hub entitled: "Homosexuality and God". It is truly frightening to think that people actually think this way, and believe it. You will get a real good look into the warped minds of the radical christians. It is a real trip.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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And again you are 100% correct. As i told AlwaysExploring above, check out the site i referred her to above. You will be either shocked, dismayed, or just plain disgusted. I think i was all three.


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

in the Hindu relegeon we worship idols in many forms and also have elaborate rituals for every occassion and these were often exploited by the priestly classes to maintane their hegemony.At the core however is the philosophy that these are but manifestations of the divine and the Divine is actually one.He is neither in heaven, where only some manifestations of the divine reside nor is he specific to Hindus.

the real Divine is within us. for that matter the Vedas say "Tat twam asi" thou art HIM.or "Aham brahmasmi"I am the universe.hence any insistence that only a certain path leads to HIM is purely exploitation.Rituals were created for the convinince and understanding of those that could not grasp the complexity of an abstract GOD but are being used to subjugate people.

Being a firm blver in this do agree totally with ur hub.

good going


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank your for reading and your kind comments. Your words of encouragement are well appreciated.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Traditional religion have always portrayed "God" in monarchical and patriarchal terms.Calling us to assume a position of helpless dependence and to glorify him in absolute obedience like a feudal overlord upon whose power the will of men must submit. Many people are turning away and leaving the church because of teachings that emphasize God's omnipotence and man's nothingness.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for your comments. You are correct, and i would like to see everyone abandon those old archaic beliefs of the past that promote hatred and bigotry, all in the name of God.

However, i do advocate for the pursuit of spirituality thru prayer and meditation and decency toward others, without malice or greed. I am sort of a watered down version of gnosticism. I believe in God. I do not believe in the bible or any other so called holy book, as they are strictly by man's design with a not so holy purpose. I believe we are all part of the One being that has created our galaxy and all that is in it, including us. I also believe that there are millions+ of entities on the level that man puts God, all across the universe in each and every galaxy.

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