Why are people attracted to religion? Why are they attracted to regular ceremonies, a known collection of texts and prayers, the soothing voice of the minister, the candles, the same building?
Religion promises salvation. Whatever salvation actually is, religion promises it. It has done this, in the Western world, since the Catholic church took over around 300 AD. Long time ago. Lot of habit building has gone on in the collective.
It promises salvation without sacrifice or work. Because God gives the salvation, heaven, comfort, and God is pure love, so salvation is automatic.
So what about the hell mongers? It’s just the other side of the same coin. Promise salvation, flip coin, and in the same breath promise hell fire. In this world all things have dual nature. This cannot be escaped. Hell is an exciting titillating shudder-inducing teaching, which gains all the more sweetness from the fact, no, the knowing, that we, the chosen children of Christ, will one day enter the kingdom of heaven. That is kind of how the patterning and programming of Christianity goes.
So why are people attracted to religion?
It makes them feel special. They don’t have to do anything on a daily basis. It makes them better than others. It promises them, ‘You are in and they are out.’ You can even get a piece of paper that says you’re baptized, that says you now belong to the fold.
Belonging to a religion is like living in a house where the living room has been cleaned, decorated, furnished with no expenses spared. But all the other rooms in the house are a mess. You can’t stay in the living room all the time. You can try, though. You can make believe. You can be seen to be in the living room by others. You spend your life making sure that no one, ever, catches you not being in the living room.
(The stated and intended purpose of this article, according to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Sweden, is to irritate and push you over the edge. If you don’t like reading this, the purpose of this article has been achieved.)