Yes and it has been for approximately 6,000 years. Religion was first used as a way to organize (ie control) people enmasse in ancient Sumeria. The origins of the three main belief systems (that I think of as prefabricated mindsets) that exist today: Judaism, Islam and Christianity, can all be traced back through the myths and legends of the Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians to the Sumerians. There was also, of course, a large input from Greek myth as the the writers of the New Testament were all Greek speaking individuals. This is why the Christian concepts of Heaven and Hell closely resemble the Greek Arcadia and Hades.
The truly sad thing is that not enough people - living today - have woken up to this historical reality. A great many people are still controlled by mindsets that were first fabricated 6,000 years ago. They cannot see that they are being led into a war: between Christians and Muslims, that is going to kill vast numbers of people. They think that they will be fighting this war 'for' their religion. They won't. They'll be fighting to make rich people even richer. They will be dying for a lie and dragging the rest of us down with them.
I agree with peterxdunn completely. not much of a constructive, contributing comment on my part, but it seems silly just to say the exact same thing. nice question
My answer is yes indeed they do and have been doing so since the pre-Colombian years... Though I'm not so sure if this question will stay for long until its wiped out due to 'promoting' discussion rather than questions; as I have seen this happen many times...
You asked and answered your own question. I think religion has the potential to become something positive, only if it is used for spiritual guiding, and spiritual guiding only.
As the brilliant George Carlin stated, "I wouldn't mind these folks putting the commandments up on the Alabama court house wall, as long as there is one additional commandment, 'Thy shall keep thy religion to thyself.'"
I think religion is the biggest con ever perpetuated upon the human race. I don't think religion itself actually controls anything or anyone. But I do think that there are many religious leaders who prey on their weak minded congregations and utilize the fear of religion to increase their coffers and advance their agendas.
by Alan 4 years ago
Was the New Testament invented by Romans to control the Masses?Joesph Atwill claims that a large part of Christianity was fabricated by Roman leaders in an effort to control the masses. I was shocked when I read this, and I would like to know what others think.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago
Do you believe that the concepts of SIN and EVIL are a man-made religious concepts used asa guilt inducing means to control the masses and making them subservient to a religious authority? Or do you strongly believe that sin and evil exist in ACTUALITY and REALITY?
by pisean282311 8 years ago
what do u guys think about karl marx comments?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago
What are the 10 mindsets and attitudes which separate the rich/affluent and upper middle classfrrom the lower middle class, working class, poor, and impoverished?For the most part, people are socioeconomically where they are because they CHOOSE to be, if they wanted better, they would do BETTER.
by Jack Lee 2 years ago
Who is responsible for the Syrian Refugee crisis?The images of thousands of people migrating out of Syria is disturbing to say the least. Who do you think is primarily responsible for this?
by bg jojo 3 years ago
I was just washing one of my favorite animations on this subject and I was wondering what everyone elses' view on this question.
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