According to the dictionary "religion is the service and
worship of God or the supernatural."1 I challenge that
definition. It is true that all religions do involve the
worship of some supernatural force, however, it is also
true that no religion in history has ever stopped at that.
For a more complete definition of the word religion we also
have to examine two other aspects. How has it affected man
over the centuries? And what is the true motivation of its
leadership? Some would have you believe that it has brought
peace and harmony to the world and that its leaders are
motivated by the service of their god.
I suggest that a more accurate definition of the word would
be as follows: Religion is a feudal system of government
which uses fear, hate and sometimes lies to control and
manipulate people for the betterment of a select group of
To better illustrate this point let's look at just three of
the countless examples that human history has to offer:
1. The Inquisition, "judicial institution, established by
the papacy in the Middle Ages, charged with seeking out,
trying, and sentencing people guilty of heresy." Heretics
were considered enemies of the state. The penalty for
heresy was torture and death.
2. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ, "Jesus was taken to
Golgotha and nailed to a cross, the Roman punishment for
political offenders and criminals.".
3. The Crusades, "The name Crusade (from Latin, "Cross")
was also applied, to the wars against pagan peoples,
Christian heretics, and political foes of the papacy."
All three examples illustrate how man has used God to
justify his greed and quest for power. When the leadership
was challenged, it used devine decree to justify the murder
and torture of the innocent. We are expected to believe
that a non-physical being order the religious leadership to
acquire riches and land, often at the demise of the poor
and helpless. The misuse of God isn't limited to the
Ancient world. Today we have people like Louis Farakahn and
Adolph Hitler and David Koresch who use god to propagate
racism and hate, there by giving them the power unite and
control a given segment of the population.
As you can plainly see, religion is much more than the
worship of a supernatural force as its leaders would have
us believe. It is in fact, a method by which a society is
governed and controlled. "God created man, man created
religion, it is therefore corrupt."