Religion, the Oldest Weapon of Mass Destruction in Human History

By Ned Heiden | 11 April 2016
Dutch Heretic

Most likely the first human who invented the first god was some smart tribal guy who saw that it was a very effective way to protect himself from bodily harm by the stronger ones if he made them and the less smart members of his tribe believe he had a very strong friend living across the mountains. A friend so strong that he could make the mountains rumble by stamping his feet on the ground. Others would not dare to attack him fearing the revenge of such a powerful friend and even though no one ever saw this friend it was better to be safe than sorry.

It probably did not take long for this smart guy to discover that his fellow tribesmen were easily led to believe that this thunder ally would make them nearly invincible in battle with rivaling tribes and could even conquer these tribes. The smart guy was well aware that in reality he was not safe at all so he turned to the strongest one around, usually the tribe leader and made him believe that he was favored by the mighty thunder-friend across the mountains.

As history progressed the tribal leaders became the Kings of the later times where the smart guys became the holy men, and priests.

Of course the strong friend story was revised when people could cross the mountain and were likely to find nothing there. As time passed the powerful friend moved to a place where no man could travel, places like in the sky, the deepest sea, or the top of unclimbable mountains.

Religion became the most powerful way of making people compliant and even the Roman Empire saw that its culture of countless god families would not work if they wanted to maintain power over Europe. In the 4th century Emperor Constantine the Great started a change when he decided to go for a new approach that seemed to work in the eastern territories so he threw out the old God families with their immensely complex mythical stories and started simplifying things by adopting the one single god of the Jewish culture combined with folklore about a prophet who claimed to have been the son of this Jewish god; this was a wise decision because in this way he would not cross the Jews, who he saw as a nuisance and wished he could get rid of.

He appointed a group of smart guys, that you will find in any era, and gave them the task of creating this system of a Father, a Son and a Mother who was chosen to bear this son of God, Jesus.

These smart guys of course were the Council of Nicaea that was well aware that creating a whole religion from scratch would cost decades unless they joined together old Chronicles with scriptures mostly taken from the Jewish Talmud and combined that with the new story of the prophet, Jesus son of god, in the one book that would be the guideline of the new roman religion Christianity for the future.

This compromise was created in much shorter time, and there were bound to be errors in the bible because there wasn’t enough time to cross reference the books that were included. Taking the fact that no one could read anyway and the sermons would be given in Latin these errors would not show for another millennium.

To make a big leap forward, Christianity in the form of Roman Catholicity spread across Europe and later the world in a bloody, merciless often genocidal way. Like in prehistoric times, Rulers and Priests joined forces to keep their people compliant; and a perfect example is, as the cardinal said to the king, “if you keep them poor, I will keep them ignorant”.

Even today historians are still arguing about the historicity of this statement but it gives a good image of the religious system of keeping people compliant and not turning against the ruling class. At the same time it shows how well indoctrinated compliant people could be manipulated into fighting their wars, all in the name of God and King.

To the Kings, Emperors yet to come were given the forces of church and religion, a weapon of almost unlimited numbers of subjects ready to fight their wars and to expand their illusion of power that in reality was in the hands of the smart guys behind religion.

Rulers would eventually die and could be replaced while religion kept expanding its power and influence.

All throughout history religion has been used as the most powerful weapon of genocide and destruction known to mankind.

This went perfect until the time of enlightenment when in spite of the efforts of religion to keep them ignorant, people started to think for themselves and discovered that they were being used and started rising up to the power of these Kings and other rulers, but still in the way religion had taught them, now it became “for God and Country”.

In the time of modernization, and especially the 20th century, all religions began to lose their grip on the people when more and more people left the church because they became educated and aware that they were being manipulated. The time without god was born, at least in western Europe where the average person currently identifies themselves as atheist, no longer believing in a god presented by the church.

Don’t think the religious weapon has lost it’s power. Islam has gained more power in the past 5 decades than in centuries before; they know how to use the two pillars of religion, poverty and ignorance to organize people into a formidable strike weapon against its “enemies”; and Christianity only has minimal loss in this.

Same thing happened in the USA.

Because the ruling class were not Kings or Emperors, religion has found other ways to ensure its power by giving aid to the rich who can control politics just with their money.

But religion is encountering a snag, for the first time it is feeling losses in the number of followers it can control, because more and more people are becoming educated and skeptical about this whole religious thing.

One of the pillars of religion, ignorance is rotting away. These past decades the rich and powerful have been very active to enrich themselves and keep the people poor. This is not enough, to keep its power religion also needs that other leg to stand on. To regain this, it is of absolute necessity to return the people back to compliant ignorance and bring a stop to this threat of education. Religion realizes all too well that to reverse it back to illiteracy is no longer possible, so the smart guys are now actively doing what they do best, manipulating circumstances in their favor, and therefore they need to control education to the advantage of their religion.

I think the only proof I need to present that this is all happening is to urge you to look at the rise of creationist dogma in education by getting religious people into key positions in the educational system.

For the religious weapon to survive it needs an increasing number of blind ignorant followers. The religious weapon keeps totalitarian regimes in power, and together they keep the majority of the people in the world poor and ignorant.

But now instead of kings and emperors this power is given to the rich who can use their fortune to buy their way into decision making politics while the “peasants” are going to church every Sunday and send their children to church dominated schools to make sure they receive their daily dose of brainwashing.

It is time for this weapon to be dismantled to stop this madness.

Don’t you agree?

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Ned Heiden has an electrical engineering degree in industrial electrical systems and a degree in social political history. He blogs at Dutch Heretic.

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  1. DIOS ha muerto porque las personas han comenzado a tener un despertar de la consciencia, a desarrollar una inteligencia espiritual, donde la verdad esta dentro de nosotros, y el amor es su fundamental motor, con todas las cualidades y valores a desarrollar que solo el ser humano puede hacerlo porque tiene inteligencia y libertad, libre adbedrio para ello, ya esta alcanzando su mayoría de edad y en la mayoría de los casos sabe leer y adquirir conocimientos y una compresión de ellos para después tener la sabiduría de poder llevarlos acabo en beneficio de los demás, ya no necesita adoctrinamientos, de un Dios de la religión inventado por el hombre y utilizado para someterlo, controlarlo, bajo el temor, al castigo, al pecado, a la recompensa y a la recompensa de otra vida, un Dios para nada espiritual y amoroso. que condena si no lo aceptas y que en cada religión es el verdadero y los demás religiones o creencias son los infieles, lo que hay que matar por medio de guerras santas, eso se ha dado y se da en todas las religiones, ya desde un principio el hombre primitivo tuvo la necesidad de inventar dioses, ídolos para adorar y que estos les protegieran, mas tarde viene Abraham y crea un único Dios verdadero también inventado se pasa del politeísmo al monotelismo, pero de igual sigue la ignorancia y en nombre de ese Dios se cometen barbaridades, guerras,, partiendo desde sus profetas. que dicen tener revelación directa con Dios por medio del espíritu santo que les habla en sueños y estos profetas ponen leyes mas o menos acertadas pero no aceptadas, pues muchas son machistas, homofobas, clasistas, racistas, violentas, injustas, desiguales, donde se forma una religión organizada con clero que usan tal religión a su conveniencia e interese, lucrándose de ella, adoctrinando, siendo fanática y fundamenta listas, donde ellos se enriquecen con el diezmo y viven a todo lujo. por eso este Dios ha muerto, ya muy pocos creen en el un DIOS Y religión que van contra la ciencia, la razón y la espiritualidad de ahí que como sinónimo de Dios ha muerto,( el Dios religioso, no El Dios Espiritual) se puede substituir por La religión esta decayendo y la espiritualidad científica esta surgiendo, por ello que EL DIOS inventado no ha sido dado por medio de las religiones, el gran engaño de la humanidad que si bien han creado civilizaciones y algo de avance también han sido y siguen siendo motivo de guerras, odio, homofobia, discriminación, machismo, violencia de todo menos amor y espiritualidad, por lo tanto la religión y su dios no espiritual han hecho mas mal que bien, y sin ella se puede y debe de vivir, una vez que la humanidad esta alcanzando un grado de consciencia y espiritualidad y sabemos que todos somos uno, personas, animales, plantas , es decir todo ser viviente formamos un ecosistema aquí en la tierra con una leyes naturales y universales que si las rompemos no cargamos toda forma de vida humana, como esta pasando por los extremos de riqueza y pobreza, por la contaminación y el cambio climático, por no cooperar entre países , si no explotarlo y crear guerras y conflictos ya sea por intereses económicos, petroleo, agua, políticos etc. esas son las leyes naturales que si a ti te hago daño, me estoy haciendo daño a mi mismo ya sea a la tierras y todos sus seres vivos y de lo contrario si te ayudo sirvo y amo a todo ser viviente, ganamos todos en felicidad progreso, paz y amor. El Dios que ha muerto ha sido el Dios inventado por las religiones, Spinoza habla de un Dios o creador como un todo , que seria el universo, sus planetas, ese Dios también creía el filosofo fisico einstein..

  2. There’s no RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH, is my position. The Laws of Nature, and living according to them, which are discoverable as has been shown the case, is the way to way to go in our earthly sojourn. Does that make sense? What sayeth?

  3. When a discussion like starts: “Most likely the first human who invented the first god was some smart tribal guy…”
    you just know what follows will have the same level of casual disregard for the truth.

  4. Religion-> nasty, vile, filthy fantasy, designed to control the hordes of Sheeple through fear, responsible for more atrocities against humankind than anything, reward and punishment…

  5. We can't all be correct in believing that a god, a buddha, Shiva, Krishna, Osiris, an idol, a tyrannical or loving god or natural evolution all created the one world we currently share. Somewhere in time, someone has said: "This is a message I need to teach, this is a voice I feel needs to be heard and in speaking out I will have an audience."
    Some will agree on teachings wholeheartedly, others will be divided and others will go to war over another's ideas.
    What history tells us is there have been many occasions where one person's ideas or message have manipulated and divided communities and not always for the greater good.
    It is true that there is fear in what we do not know or can not prove.
    Power comes from followers and often fear.

  6. I go with MJames.
    The fantasy about some smart guy starting religion is to begin with, false. Most anthropologists and archaeologists have found that religion starts with burial practices and ancestor worship. Regular community members played different roles. Some specialized in seasonal predictions and ceremonies but were not exalted. Then the hierarchies created by war created elevations of all roles, eg horseback fighter or knight. War is fought for gain and justified at times by religion, not the reverse. What I find fascinating is why people chose to die for their religions such as martyrs like Joan of Arc. The English wanted to make a symbolic sacrifice of her and she cooperated by not renouncing her visions and other heresies. Of course, there's the "I gotta be me" idea, but at what price? I think she must have been truly faithful to her visions and the promise of salvation in which she believed.
    In any case, I thought the posts were interesting if being from outsiders who dislike religion without really understanding it.Scoffing takes no study.


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