…I did not work by the Christian Rationalist Doctrine, I had not the happiness to get to know it and I could not; but my spirit as I was always a fighter, that faced difficult situations, I have known how to take advantage and how to improve. So today I work in the Higher Astral Pleiad… Martin Luther King Jr.

Religious obsession - by Luiz de Mattos

Religious obsession has its roots and origins in childhood when children start feeling dazzled by the pictures portrayed to them of heaven, hell, the heavenly father, and the court of angels, archangels and cherubs.

What impresses children the most are the tales about miracles, rewards and divine punishment.

One does not need to be highly imaginative in order to realise what such fantasies mean during the critical period of formation of man's personality and character, and how much they contribute to dull reasoning and to stunt one's growth in the vast field of spirituality.

Among the most serious errors of religions, the forgiveness of faults and even of crimes committed by their followers is outstanding.

Absolution of sins pleases the flock, giving much relief to their consciences. The soul remains supposedly free from guilt. With such impunity assured by absolution, they do not hesitate to commit new faults, new mistakes, new crimes, from which they will be acquitted in the confessional or on their death beds when they receive the anointment of the sick.

Moral debts are thus paid with confessions, much the same as monetary debts are paid with money. And the good payer always has open credit for new operations.

It is very common to attribute to God, whose designs are said to be impenetrable, the responsibility for much of what happens on Earth.

Thus, if a member of a family dies, it was God who took him or her. If an accident happens, it was God's will. If someone escapes from being run over by an automobile, God gets the credit for saving the quasi-victim.

Individuality is thus always dependent on a third entity and this subordination exercises a crushing negative influence over the human spirit.

This shows to what extent religions are unable to convey to their followers a true concept of spiritual life, due to their complete ignorance about matters related to incorporeal life.

Religious obsession
by Luiz de Mattos