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  • “Azim Shariff, a professor of psychology and the director of Culture and Morality Lab at the University of Oregon, published his results in The Public Library of Science Journal “PLoS ONE.” His key finding was that a nation’s rate of belief in hell predicts a lower crime rate, but the nation’s rate of belief in heaven predicts higher crime rates. This comes on the heels of other research at Harvard University by Robert Barro and Rachel McCleary that found that the gross domestic product was higher in developed countries when people believed in hell more than they did in heaven. One must assume that people are more productive and work harder if they are worried about eternal damnation.”

    That's the crux of the biscuit. Obedience and productivity. Instill in human beings a fear of being that very thing which by the simple nature of their existence they are, and those people are capable of being harnessed and controlled to suit the purpose of the Fear mongers.

    The Creator, whatever we perceive that to be, does not need to have it's existence justified by any sort of activity performed by it's creations. Human beings are in no more need of being saved, of Salvation, than a salmon, a lion or a slime mold or any of the Creators other Creations. The Creator certainly has no need to punish or reward it's creations for behaving exactly as the Creator designed them to behave. If that need exists within the Creator then there is a fundamental flaw in the idea that such a being is omniscient and omnipotent, for such need suggests imperfection and impotence. If the Creations are behaving differently than the Creator intended then all aspects of the Creator's omniscient omnipotence are suspect.

    The concept of Heaven and Hell is part of the larger system of control we call “Religion” that developed 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent simultaneously with the concept of totalitarian agriculture. The practice of locking up the food is a fundamental cornerstone of the Taker culture's civilization. The carrot and the stick exist for the purpose of inducing the people to carry bricks up the ladder for Pharaoh, which may be positive human behavior as far as Pharaoh is concerned, but to suggest that such motivational tools are necessary for anything beyond keeping the workers working, fuels the greater mythology that there is only one right way to live.
    Photo by Bhagavan 'Doc' Antle - The Institute Of Greatly Endangered And Rare Species
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