Once we wake up, we can never go back .....
Once we wake up we can never go back to sheep
Some time ago BBC4 aired a program which begged the question...
"Who was the most powerful person in England during the Tudor period, (1485 - 1603) ?"
The answer was a Catholic priest named, William Tyndale. He had translated into common English, the Bible from Latin (which next to nobody, except the church could understand).
For this great and noble service to Christianity, Tyndale was brutally tortured and executed by the Church, for daring to usurp the power (not the glory) of the holy Roman empire of the established church.
Christians are told by the Church that they the Christians are like sheep and they are being herded, cared for and protected by an all powerful, mighty Shepherd, who is called God.
The Church claims that it alone and its clergy and officers acting on its behalf are the sole authority to carry out the Shepherd's (God's) work. It also demands that the thoughts, words and authority of such officers/ representatives may not be questioned, and the failure to obey would attract severe punishment including death.
So great is the power and influence of religion that as per the World Christian Encyclopaedia now there that there are now approximately 33,000 denominations of Christian Churches each following its own way of exclusively doing the Shepherd's work.
The Church functions in a complex hierarchy from a Deacon at the junior most level rising up through numerous ranks and levels right up to the Pope, as per the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church.