What If Theory
Religions Are More Like a Convergence of Business and Governance.
We all want to know where we came from.
After we are born and start our journey of moving around and talking to others, we want to know how we got here. With the only answer being “we really do not know,” many have turned to the idea of a “God” and associated religion as the answer.
With over 4,000 religious options to choose from, they all cannot be right, but they all can be wrong.
Science is still trying to figure out how we and the planet got here. There are many incomplete or unproven theories floating around and new ones arriving all the time. Some of the new theories invalidate old theories. The practice of science is always growing.
With no evidence of how we arrived, religion provides answers to those who choose to embrace their teachings.
Religions are more like a convergence of business and governance; they want both your money and to tell you or advice you on how to live. To grow their followings: they encouraged you to share with others what you believe. Suggesting they join the organization’s meetings and teachings.
Religion today results from many unproven theories, morphed over years by time and people.
George Carlin’s take on Religion
“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”
― George Carlin
I will borrow Jerry Seinfeld’s “It is all about nothing”
Do you not like any of the current religious offerings available?
No problem, Mark Manson has an easy-to-follow blueprint for you to create your very own religion. He outlines everything necessary in his book “Everything is F*cked” in chapter 4.
According to Mark, you will need to think about these five areas.
1. Belief Systems.
2. How to find your first followers.
3. Rituals, rituals, rituals.
4. How to choose a scapegoat.
5. And finally, how to make money.
How to start your Own Religion
1. Step One: Sell Hope to the Hopeless.
2. Step Two: Choose Your Faith.
3. Step Three: Preemptively Invalidate All Criticism or Outside Questioning.
4. Step Four: Ritual Sacrifice for Dummies-So Easy, Anyone Can Do It.
5. Step Five: Promise Heaven, Deliver Hell.
6. Step Six: Prophet for Profit.
When is a religious organization a cult?
America has supplied the world with many alternative versions of religions started by a single person. Some suggest that they are a form of a cult. Most have large followings, mega churches, large financial support systems.
We do not know when a religious organization is a cult.
The United States Government trust God
“In God We Trust” printed on US currency, interesting that the government trust god, with no absolute definition for God.
Options other than Religion
Atheist — a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods
Agnostic — a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable
Atheist Agnostic — not sure but just in case.