Post Number:#76 March 2nd, 2012, 3:46 pm
Invictus_88 wrote:Kingkool wrote:Invictus_88 wrote:eyesofastranger wrote:The original idea behind religion is slavery.
Any sort of coherent grounding for that statement at all then, maybe? Anything?
Well, if you truly have faith in a religion, then your actions are affected by it. And you cannot change what you believe in.
In Full Metal Alchemist, a false preist was using a science called alchemy to create false miracles. He used this to make the people do what he wanted because he claimed he was a messenger of god. These miracles included making statues walk, and healing injuries.
An intersting thing he did was tell one of his disciples he could bring her dead boy freind back to life. He knew he couldn't actually do that. Is this woman a slave to the religion because she thinks if she follows the rules she will get her dead loved one back? I think no, but it is a loose example of how religion can become slavery.
Full Metal Alchemist isn't real life, so is it really relevant to the idea that "the original idea behind religion is slavery"? (Nope!)
Besides, even if Full Metal Alchemist was real life, a "false priest" abusing his religious position to gain power is still irrelevant to the idea, because
a) religion is already a part of the picture so his malfeasance is not an original part of the religion
b) his malfeasance is not slavery, so even if FMA was real life and even if this priest was the sole inventor of the first religion in the real world, it would still not prove your initial statement.
Invictus, the real life horror story in the news now is worse than the fiction as told by Eyes of a stranger. The story about this Congolese religion in the news yesterday and today includes similar psychological manipulation by priests of religion who do really recommend killing, murder and torture to their flocks in order to purify witches in their midst. And those same priests making a lot of money for themselvesn thereby. It is true that religion when it is perpetrated upon ignorant, slavishly credulous people by amoral priests is dangerous and ugly.