Moreso in the last 30 than in the last 100, is what I was suggesting.
Think about the commandments in general.
You shall not make for yourself an image, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
So what's the first thing you see when you walk into the church?
Idols of Mary, Jesus and sometimes St Peter.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
So why do people say Hail Mary's for penance? Why do people bow to the Virgin Mary? Why do people bow to statues and idols of Jesus?
Also when Paul was sent forth to go on his incredibly long travels, he was told by God to, "accept no coin nor cloth, staff or linen for teaching my word, as it is given to you freely, so shall you teach it freely."
But what's that collection plate for?
According to Matthew, Jesus said "Call no man your father on earth", and yet you've got clerics telling people to address them as "father'.
Jesus also said "No one is good but one - God." And yet the Pope is called the 'Holy Father'...seriously now.
I won't touch the topic of homosexuals in the church, but I will mention that God himself stated that the act of homosexuality is an abomination and against his law, and that these people should be ostracized from the rest of the flock...the "one bad apple" thought is behind that.
So homosexuals are not only allowed in some churches, but allowed to be part of the clergy and even get married in the church now.
So how has modern organized religion followed the teachings and disciplines of God's word?
Aside from the blatant disregard for his wishes, they've been doing pretty good.
When jesus was on the mount and the Devil tried to tempt him with the nations of the world if he bowed at his feet, he told him that the nations of the world were of no interest to him and that he would bow to no other than his father.
There are other places in the bible that state or suggest that religiously devout men should not partake in governing bodies of man...which are political by nature, and not serving god...but the modern religions not only take part in politics, but they even have their own country.
It might also be noted that the Vatican has the highest crime per capita in the world.
As a result of the Vatican having a small resident population, but millions of visitors every year, the state has the highest per capita crime rate
of any nation on earth, more than twenty times higher than that of Italy. In his 2002 report to the pontifical court, Chief Prosecutor Nicola Picardi quoted statistics of 397 civil offenses
and 608 penal offenses
. Each year, hundreds of tourists fall victim to pickpockets and purse snatchers. The perpetrators, who are also visitors, are rarely caught, with 90% of crimes remaining unsolved.
In my opinion...
Religion is best taught in the home as a system of beliefs and a way to live a clean lifestyle. It should be kept out of schools and out of government.