Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 years ago

is God just a scam invented by the government to get people to pay taxes?

just to keep everyone in line you know

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  • 2 years ago

    To pay taxes and to control the behavior of the common people.

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    Near Mexico City, the pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan had an area at its base which was reserved for Aztec priests. If you stand in one particular spot within that priests' area (the spot is about 3 feet in diameter) and if you clap your hands, the echo off the pyramid is frightening—it could easily be construed as the cry of the giant flying serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. However, if you step just a few inches out of that particular spot, still within the priests' area, there's no echo when you clap your hands. (You can go there, and you can try it out for yourself).

    It would not have taken a lot of imagination on the part of the Aztec priests to figure out how to fool the common people into believing that they were speaking to Quetzalcoatl, and that Quetzalcoatl was answering "Yes" when he gave a terrifying "Caw!" Of course, I don't know what they preached, but the religious ceremony might have gone like this:

    Priest: "Oh great Quetzalcoatl, do you want the people to bring their gold, honey, magic mushrooms and virgin daughters to us here at the priests' area? I will clap my hands and await your reply."

    Quetzalcoatl: "Caw!, Caw!, Caw!"

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    "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." [Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger 4 BC–65 AD]

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    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."

    [Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769 – 1821]

  • Corey
    Lv 5
    2 years ago

    God’s were created by stupid primitive people that were trying to explain things in nature that they didn’t understand. Modern organized religion is little more than the exploitation of gullible people through fear and false promises.

  • 2 years ago

    No.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Only in the minds of those deceived by the demons of satan.

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  • 2 years ago

    Considering that people believed in deities long before governments existed, that question is pointless

  • Tommy
    Lv 5
    2 years ago

    It's a little more complicated than that. Think big. Bigger. Not just a little control or a bit of money. Pawns acting like kings and doing the pawns job predictably.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    No. God is a scam invented to keep the church from paying taxes.

  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    You have to keep the peasants in line and scared. After agriculture there was a surplus so small groups of people could "afford" a leader and a priest class. Once established they became self sustaining through intimidation and a belief of the common people that they were doing Gods™ will and disaster would strike if they went against Gods™ chosen leaders.

  • Mack
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    It's kinda funny actually. Originally deities, superstition, etc. were the first sciences, they tried to explain reality. Today, most of us have figured it out that reality does not include deities or magic....

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Not taxes, tithes.

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