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Religion 101: "Religion Made Simple" Mba Mbulu, Instructor
Class # 3: What Is Religious Ideology
Read the following ESSAY. To the best of your ability, relate what you read to what you know about religion. Also, consider the following question(s).
(1) Why is it so easy for people to be victimized by a religious ideology?
(2) What are the objectives of a religious ideology?
(3) What are the objectives of religion?
"Religion, Organized Religion and Religious Ideology," Part 3 [Audio Version]
An ideology is a system of theories, concepts and objectives. A religious ideology is a system of theories, concepts and objectives that underhandedly takes advantage of people's religious allegiances. Let's say, for example, that Jesse James wanted to steal people's money. If, instead of robbing banks he became a preacher, set up a church and convinced people that it was their god given duty to give him their money, he would be using a religious ideology to steal their money.
Entrepreneurs develop economic ideologies to help them acquire the wealth of the masses and conspire with Power Seekers, who develop political ideologies that help them control the activities of the masses. Organizers of "the word of God" use religious ideologies to help them achieve those same two objectives.
Religion does not have an economic objective. Religion does not have a political objective. Religion has a humane objective. Religion seeks to make individuals good because good individuals make the world better.
With the appearance of organized religion, religion began to go astray. Organized religion constructed a light veil and then a cumbersome curtain between people and the greater power. With the advent of religious ideologies, religion completely lost its way and took its converts with it. Today, religious ideologies are so deceit-intensive that the term religion is a misnomer. Religious rites are fraudulent, faith has been prostituted and the claims of legitimacy (having a "hotline" to "God", the source of their "authority") is a sham. It is unfortunate that people are insecure enough to fall for such a con game.
Remember: Religion has neither an economic nor a political objective. Religion has a humane objective. Religion seeks to make individuals good because good individuals make the world better. It's that simple.