Thursday, July 29, 2010

“Religion Who Needs It?”

“Religion Who Needs It?”

by: Jodie Picken CoAuthor
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From “The Reverse NeuroLinguistic
Programming Internet Series” ©2008

As human beings we tend to fear what we do not understand. We fear death as there is no solid evidence of an "after life", of heaven and of continued existence in some way, shape or form.

Religion does provide a systematic process of stages of death and what supposedly happens when life as we know it becomes extinct. However, religion also provides a solid foundation to breed intense levels of fear from a very young age.

"All religions work on the principle of exposing each new generation to a single worldview,to the exclusion of all others, in a repetitious and authoritative manner. Doubts, as to the veracity of such 'teachings' are not encouraged, indeed, are not tolerated.Once learned, the information so gained is retained for life, allowing it to take on aninstinctive mantle in later years. As with all acquired knowledge, such as learning to ride a bicycle or rote remembrance of mathematical time's tables, once taught, unlearning is not an easy option"

How frightening is it for a young child to be continually told that they will be
punished by God for their transgressions and this will affect if they go to heaven or
not. Is it any wonder that these children grow up to be adults who have an
irrational fear of the end of life?

“…our fundamental perceptions about life and our role in it are learned before we express the capacity to choose or reject those beliefs. We were simply “programmed.” The Jesuits were aware of this programmable state and proudly boasted, “Give us a child until it is six or seven years old and it will belong to the Church for the rest of its life.” They knew that once the dogma of the Church was implanted into the child’s subconscious mind, that information would inevitably influence 95% of that individual’s behavior for the rest of their life.”

BRUCE H. LIPTON, Ph.D. The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology.

Part of this instillation of fear by religions consists of a necessity to control.
Control what you say? Well, who would not want to control masses of people by
word alone. Control is power, control is money

"Under the guise of a good for humanity, the fear of death and/or eternal damnation is instilled into the pliable and susceptible minds of children and continues into adulthood.“Sprinkled with tales of eternal life, temporal wishes supernaturally achievable, the unworthiness of humans and the existence of a 'good' and an 'evil', sets the mental scene for subservient confusion."

Our society today has many laws, these same laws originated from the Ten Commandments. The control exerted by religion demands abeyance of our laws by utilizing the fear factor, fear leads to compliance and therefore laws are upheld.The inevitable fear of God decrees compliance or otherwise you are damned to hell for eternity or perhaps God will judge you harshly and condemn you to forever walk the halls of purgatory. Oh sure there’s always jails and fines and community service, but there is not much fear associated with these so called punishments.

Our jails at furnished and modernized so thoroughly that they put our own homes to shame. Jails have become a virtual hotel. As for fines and community work, sure, eventually they hit the hip pocket, but considering how long these so called deterrents have been in place, why is there not a reduction in law breaking?

Well you could say the same thing regarding the fear factor utilized by religion, but the masses are controlled. Oh yes most of us fear "doing wrong", fear the prospect of accumulated sin which will impede our progress to the heavenly paradise religion promises. What else do we wish for other then to truly rest in peace when the inevitable does happen, we do not want to think that our beloved soul will rot in hell for eternity. Nor do we want to be harshly judged by God, a God that would condemn and punish.

"Love and fear may not be enough, however; so guilt must be used, too. Fill them with so much guilt that they will want to police their own thoughts. Remind them that they are nothing alone, but with you and God (or some Power or Technique) they are Everything. Fill them with contempt for themselves, so that they will want to be egoless, selfless, One with You and Yours. You not only strip them of any sense of self, you convince them that the ideal is be without a self. Keep up the pressure. Be relentless. Humiliate them from time to time. Soon they will consider it their duty to humiliate themselves. Control what they read, hear, see. Repeat the messages for eyes and ears. Gradually get them to make commitments, small ones at first, then work your way up until you own their property, their bodies, their souls. And don't forget to give them drugs, starve them, or have them meditate or dance or chant for hours at a time until they think they've had some sort of mystical experience.  

Make them think, "It was you, Lord, who made me feel so good." They won't want to give it up. They have never felt so good. Though they look as if they are in Hell to those of us on the outside, from the inside it looks like Heaven.”

Lets face it, we all want to know what happens when we die, we all want to know if there is a heaven, if there is a God. Ultimately, we want to believe in something, hence the attraction that religion offers. And there we go permitting ourselves to be brainwashed into believing the hell and brimstone saga.

“What religion doesn't use guilt and fear to get people to police their own thoughts?”

Let us be distinct here, I do not condemn religion, in fact I am extremely accepting of all denominations and belief systems. However, one must also recognize how our society is controlled and coerced into doing what is wanted. Religion can provide hope and faith where none has previously existed, but it can often also become over zealous, over powering and extremely manipulating of our thought processes and therefore our actions.

Sounds cultist doesn't it? Well some religious sectors are, as with most things extremists exist. What each individual needs to consider is how their own heart feels, what your deepest belief is. For some it will not be named God, but a life energy or universal source and for others it will be nothing.

One more thing just because you believe in God, you don't have to go to church, you don't have to give a percentage of your income to God either. God does not you’re your money. Church is in most cases a superficial representation of God. You do not have to go to church to honor your beliefs, nor prove God loves you.

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