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Christianity and other fundamentalist religions prey on folks with low self esteem.
In the Christian theology, there is the idea of "original sin"... If you've grown up in a religious environment, you are probably familiar with the concept of original sin. If you are not, let me break it down quickly:
Christians believe that humanity is tainted by what's called "original sin"... In the Bible, it tells a story about Adam and Eve, allegedly the first two humans to ever exist. You have probably heard the story before: Adam and Eve ate from the "forbidden fruit" of the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil". By doing so, they defied the word of God which had instructed them to eat only from the "Tree of Life". When Adam and Eve defied God and ate from the Tree of Knowledge, they became aware of their nakedness, realized their humanity, and they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. As a result, they lost their immortality.
Christians interpret the story of Adam and Eve literally. In Christianity, it is taught that THIS decision essentially signed humanity up for a sinful existence of defying God's word. Due to this initial disobedience, humanity is doomed to hell unless they accept Jesus' salvation. If that is done, they will go on to heaven and live the eternal life they were originally promised before Adam and Eve committed the "original sin".
Oftentimes, the ridiculousness of this interpretation is lost in translation and overcomplicated by thousands of years of Christian teachings that throw their own spin on this story...
Basically, here is what Christians believe... Broken down clearly.
Christians believe that two people existed thousands of years ago as the first two people ever. They think that because these folks ate the fruit of the wrong tree, that all of humanity is doomed to hell for all of time. This would be like if your great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents disobeyed their parents and didn't eat their vegetables at dinner and, because of that disobedience, you and the rest of the world are doomed to be tortured for eternity.
However, Christians give God a pass because he sent Jesus to "save the world"... Of course, they forget that Jesus didn't arrive on-scene for a few thousand years thereby condemning plenty of folks to hell before he got off his ass and came on down here... Even when I was a Christian, I would wonder about this predicament... What took Jesus so long to get down here and start saving people?
So Jesus is our "way-out" of this deal.
However, as I have mentioned before, the whole message of Jesus is a bit encrypted.
It is not as if there is a passage in the Bible where Jesus clearly lays out "the deal"...
He never gets up on the mountain-top and lays out the rules of the game. Instead, the whole plan is hidden in parables, obscurity, and messages that do not give clear instruction on how to actually achieve eternal salvation. Furthermore, he does not lay out WHY salvation is even necessary. In fact, Jesus does not actually describe people as sinners who are in need of his forgiveness. From his perspective, everyone is... well... saved!
It is the Christians that twist around this message in the same way the pharisees were twisting the message back in the days of Jesus...
It is the same pattern repeated.