Religion can be okay in moderation but it can consume your life and your sanity. I’m not saying all religious people are insane or evil but it has been a reoccurring theme throughout time.
Learning the truth is shocking
It’s just as painful as when you were little and you learned that Santa Claus, the Tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny were illusions to make you behave and feel all whimsical inside. When you discovered the truth, you were sad for a little while, but over time you got over it. Later, you’re glad you learned the truth. It’d be quite odd if you still believed in Santa.
Modern people have more knowledge, common sense and self-control than societies from 2,000+ years ago. You shouldn’t need an invisible man spying on you to make sure that you don’t murder or rape anyone. Hopefully, you know not to steal, cheat or lie.
But, don’t think you can go on a rampage. Today’s technology ensures you will get caught and you will suffer. Doing wrong towards others will mess up your life even if you don’t get caught.
If you do good things that are beneficial to others, amazing things can happen. Of course, nature doesn’t play by rules 100% of the time and some bad things will happen too. That’s just life.
You don’t have to lose your religion but be aware of these true stories of overly religious people.
1. The KKK
I’m sure you have heard of a little Christian group called the Ku Klux Klan. A group of ignorant racists and an embarrassment of American history. They were hell-bent on the belief that they were enforcing “God’s law” by torturing and killing people who weren’t like them.
KKK members believed that white people were the “chosen” people. They must be illiterate because their Bible states that the Jews were the chosen race. They have murdered and tortured blacks, Jews, and gays since the Civil War.
2. Ed Gein (WARNING this one is pretty graphic )
Ever hear about a guy named Ed Gein? Ed inspired the movies “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Psycho”.
Religion messed him up bad! His mother was a devout Puritan who preached religious scriptures to Ed when he was growing up. He was very close to his mother and he became deranged when she died in 1945.
Ed remembered his mom’s religious preachings about the sins of lust and how sexually active single people should go to hell.
He felt it was his job to take down the “sinners” himself.
He lurked around cemeteries, digging up female corpses and eventually killing women. He brought home quite a horrific collection of body parts. He made human face masks (made with real skin!) and an assortment of skin lamps, belts, and skull bowls. The Ed Gein Collection never took off.
Manson used persuasion, drugs, and religion to train his followers to do his bidding. His cult robots did everything for him, including murder.
If anyone tells you to hate or harm others, they are controlling you. You’re nothing to them and you should leave that person or group ASAP.
Vernon Wayne Howell (Waco, TX Massacre)
The Branch Davidians, a sect that separated from the Seventh-Day Adventist church. The young Vernon Wayne Howell memorized the New Testament by 11 and impregnated a 15-year-old when he was 19. It appears he forgot a few verses.
By 1983, he was kicked out of a 7th Day Adventist Church for fooling around with the pastor’s daughter! Vernon went crazy (or more so than before) and began calling himself a prophet. He was able to gain followers because of his good looks and magnetic personality. He eventually claimed he was Jesus Christ.
He moved his followers to a ranch in Waco, TX. Government officials suspected gun violations at the ranch. So, the FBI jumped on the scene and battled the Branch Davidians for 51 days. They ended up torching the ranch and killing 76 people and children.
Other honorable mentions include the Salem Witch Trials, Jonestown, and The Spanish Inquisition.
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