If ALL religion is a snare and a racket as per Judge Rutherford, then has religion maybe lied to us on this score too?
Could Jesus have meant: "If you belonged to the (religious) world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the (religious) world, but I have chosen you out of the (religious) world. That is why the (religious) world hates you." (cross ref John 9:22)
Could it be that religious leaders may be completely wrong about what “the world” or “worldly” means – in that it might refer mainly to them?
There seems to be some support for such a view in this Bible commentary that says "this world" in 1 Cor 2:8 meant “the Jewish church state” (a religious organisation): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/2-8.htm
What are your thoughts?