We know that the Church (or, religion)
came first. It was created by man and for man. It was a way man
had to gain control over his fellow man (the masses of people).
In the book of Genesis we see where
Cain and Abel were going to offer up sacrifices to their God.
This practice grew so much that they
began to build tabernacles, synagogues, alters, temples, and burning
bushes. Wherever these Jews went it seemed that religion dominated
You'll notice, in this same Bible, that
some religious ideas and practices started long before the Jewish
religion started. Science is always finding signs of man existing
millions of years ago, leaving some sign on rocks and caves, of
their way of life - - and their beliefs.
We understand, from studying history,
of the different people of the world, that religion has dominated
the people of this planet. I would not endeavor to try to tell
you about how many types of religious ideas and practices there
are. Here in America, alone, there are thousands.
All religions of the world, when you
get right down to the bottom line, are nothing more, or less,
Before you can have a law, you have
to have a 'law-giver'. The people of this planet create the laws
of this planet (to govern people).
They used to be governed by the laws
of religion. We see now, that what we call a church (today) is
created by people and for people.
At one time, we were governed, in America,
by what was known as 'common law" (or, church law) and no
one dared to challenge Church law.
In the last 100 years or so, man has
been questioning Church laws. Y' see, they no longer offer "blood
sacrifices". They no longer believe in many of the old traditional
As modern man began to educate themselves,
and once they began to leave the church school and started up
public schools, the church began to lose control over man.
The old Jewish religions are still very
much under religious law, but when the churches began to break
away from the Jewish religion they began to leave the old laws
behind (such as: circumcision is not required, so much as it was
before, in the old laws). The Sabbath is not considered to be
as sacred as it used to be.