A new quote for today:
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. ~Seneca the Younger
Seneca was a philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and tutor in Spain and Rome during the lifetime of Jesus of Nazareth. It is said that his plays had great influence on the art of Renaissance tragedy. This quote more eloquently expresses an unpopular and mostly unspoken theory I have held since my youth.
What if, just WHAT IF, most religions were originally developed as a way for leaders to control their communities. Religious texts tend to lay down the laws that typically govern societies (don't kill, steal, cheat, lie, etc) and keep the followers on a straight and narrow path. I'm no expert on religion, and I'm not denying the existence of some HIGHER PURPOSE or BEING in the world. I'm just saying, WHAT IF . . . .
Have you ever thought about it? Is it a possibility? Perhaps I'm just paranoid that powerful people are always trying to control others and make them do their bidding.