Religion is big business…the biggest business…bigger than OIL, therefore GOD is big business! There are over 4000 religions in the world, and over 100 names for GOD…Jehovah, Elohim, Allah, Brahman etcetera, etcetera. There are tens of thousands of priests who claim to be doing GOD’S work, who claim to be speaking on behalf of THE ALMIGHTY and who claim to be doing it for the benefit of their communities. When making oaths of obedience, many of us invoke THE LORD’S name, prey to GOD in our respective temples, and whenever it suits them and using the AUTHORITY of GOD, our peers tell us to fight for so-called freedoms in a foreign land. It must therefore follow that GOD is the ultimate BRAND/LOGO.
Let us assume for the moment there is NO creator. Who invented HIM, when and why? If GOD is INVENTED, then his inventor must have been the MASTER of PR and SPIN. Was his or her invention at a time of general anarchy, at a time when the masses were out of control? Was peer INCOME threatened? Is that why people were offered a choice of ‘end of life’ venues…HEAVEN or HELL?
GOD has been USED many times, and not necessarily for altruistic purposes, but for EXPANSIONIST intentions. Whole civilizations have been annihilated invoking HIS name. The CHRISTIANIZATION of Central and South America and large parts of the African Continent may have been in part to halt CANNIBALISM, for again, cannibalism affects profits. Eating your neighbour is bad for BUSINESS. Conquerors must be able to enslave a workforce for their lands to be worked.
Hinduism (Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, Smartism), Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Shinto, Confucianism, Jainism, Taoism, Islam, Sikhism, Baha’i, Christianity ( Christianity is composed of, but not limited to, five major branches of Churches: Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant. Protestantism=Adventists, Anabaptists, Baptists, Charismatics, Congregationalists, Evangelicals, Holiness churches, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Reformed, and Unitarians), Judaism (Sephardic, Hasidic, Conservatives, Reform, Reconstructionists, Humanist Judaism, Neolog Judaism, Jewish-Science Movement). I can’t help thinking there are an awful lot of fingers in an awful lot of lucrative pies! Before you raise the word CHARITY, let me! It is easy to be charitable when you are raking it in!
Meanwhile, Pope Francis, during his visit to Muslim-majority Albania, warns religion ‘shouldn’t be used for violence’. Quite right too, and he should know, for the history of the Catholic Church was written in blood! The Crusades into the Middle East with the help of the Knight Templars, opposition to Magna Carta, the utter destruction of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca civilizations, the decimation of the Cathars and later, The Tribunal of the ‘Holy’ Office the Spanish Inquisition.
In conclusion, GOD may well live in your hearts, but HE also lives in a hell of a lot of pockets. If religion wasn’t such a big business, I wouldn’t be so sceptical regarding INTENTIONS. As far as religious INFLUENCE is concerned, the world I live in is still in a state of perpetual anarchy. We may not be consuming one another’s flesh but we are consuming one another’s souls.