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I just googled "Render unto Caesar". I got about 816,000 results (0.72 seconds). Say that half of those responses were telling the reader just what that means. This would leave us with no fewer than 408,000 interpretations as to God's will. The title of this subject is "the proper role of religion".

Pretty impressive! 408,000 interpretations! The whole thing boils down to the simple fact that there seems to be a bit of confusion. Remember, this is just interpretation of one little line! (there are a LOT of lines!)

So - the proper role of religion is, well, er, you know...............

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The role of religion throughout history has been control of the "masses"

It's just that simple.

The proper role of religion should have been something else entirely.

Some of you know that I'm a practicing pagan. Something along the spiritual but not religious lines. It's an earth friendly movement with no threats or rewards. I just don't totally discount that there are minor gods around us who will happily pull rugs from under us Loki, Coyote, Michabo and many more. Beware the tricksters...they are the deliverers of Karma. They are the spiritual embodiment of Murphy's Law.

Maybe I am religious...


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Religion serves a number of purposes:

1) control the masses - best done with incomprehensible rites and texts that must be explained by leaders

2) a system that answers the common mans Why? - doesnt need to make sense, but works best if the narrative is simple and unwavering, e.g. God chose to do it that way and His ways are inscrutable.

3) eternal punishment for the evil and blasphemous - Karmic? Probably not the correct definition but something very similar.

The rulers very much like to use #1. People in general do ask Why? And people seem to be born with a (self-centered) sense of justice.

Which all goes a long way toward explaining the staying power of religion.


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The Will Of God is actually pretty easy to discern: It's almost always that the cult leader should get to diddle all the 12 year old virgins. Or if it's a large cult, then he gets to diddle all he wants of the attractive ones, and his supporters (male of course) get to diddle the rest.

You will note I said "virgins" without reference to gender. Usually it's girls, but sometimes it's boys.

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I have been assured, by other, that you are more likely to get your ask from those who are short of followers than those that are not. That being the case you are probably in a good place.

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Religion is, basically, something that lets us believe that there is a better place we get to go to after we die. All the rest is just blah, blah, blah.

Oh, and the blah, blah, blah, is a constantly moving target given to us by them that pay a lot of attention to those voices in their own minds. I would suggest that one should be very careful when it comes to people who do that.

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Nice image, Loggy!

I stole it for future use.


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