Okay, I'm interested in what everybody thinks on this. I believe that for the most parts all religions start off with a good motive, i.e., to provide a forum that will help people to serve God. (Basically). In time, however, they seem to take on a life of themselves and begin demanding allegiance (loyalty) for themselves. Then at some point they become the voice of God and presume to speak for him on ALL issues.
Now my question is this: What has happened to God's Holy Spirit? Suddenly we are no longer able to read God's Word and let it move our hearts and instruct because without this religion, we are told, we cannot understand God's word. What about the Holy Spirit, does it not operate on individuals? If it does not, then why are to to pray for it? If it does operate on us, why is it we cannot understand the Bible which is a product of that spirit?
I look forward to your replies.