Religions are used as a tool by the ruling classes to keep the lower classes in check. Put the fear of god, literally, into people and you might think you will have an easier time in your attempts to control them. Don’t just tell them the state will punish them for wrong-doing, but that Gee Oh Dee GOD will punish them too! (and forever!)
The creation of religions demonstrates not that a god exists but that humans desire answers and because most religions were invented prior to the development of the scientific method supernatural answers were the best explanation they could come up with.
Why is there something rather than nothing? God did it. Why are we moral? God made us so. Why are there humans? God made Adam and Eve. If someone was to say to me ‘God did it’ then the next question is, How? They either won’t have a how or the how will be natural and no god required.
Unthinking, superstitious, intellectually lazy people will believe you without question and (try to) follow those instructions to the best of their ability. Of course once a society gets educated and develops a sense of equality and social justice, religion becomes pointless.
Volume 2 – Book 1
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