“You must understand that humans have many fear-based religions whose teachings surround a doctrine of a God who is to be worshipped and feared. It was through fear that your entire Earth society reformed itself from the matriarchy into the patriarchy. It was through fear that the early priests got people to ‘mend their wicked ways’ and ‘heed the word of the Lord’. It was through fear that churches gained, and controlled, their membership.
One church even insisted that God would punish you if you did not go to church every Sunday. Not going to church was declared a sin. And not just any church. One had to attend one particular church. If you went to a church of a different denomination, that, too, was a sin. This was an attempt at CONTROL, pure and simple, using fear. The amazing thing is, it worked. Hell, it still works.”
Neale Donald Walsch, in “Conversations with God Book 3”
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