As with most things...., there is an 'evolution' to religions.
Firstly, there is the 'Avatar', the founder- usually, a GOOD guy.
Then comes the 'insitution' of the religion. Initially according to the beliefs of the Founder..., but as time goes by innovations are introduced by the administrators to accomodate their own desires, lusts, perversions, until the original message is totally obliterated by these oligarchies.
Then..., then come the 'FUNDAMENTALISTS'.
The Fundamentalists are almost without exception, entities of monstrous ego who percieve a niche-market between the corrupted religion and its bewildered followers.
They set up an alternative: "don't follow that shonky church; follow me-
I have been delegated by GOD to deliver you from the sins of the flesh;
[funny how all those Billy's and Jimmy's and Bobby's never worry too much about spiritual imperfections ]?
This is much as it goes Cleo; and when these cretinous fundamentalist leaders are found guilty of every perversion in the book.., the big surprise is that their bewildered followers just keep on filling their coffers with hard-earned cash because they still desire- above all else- to BELIEVE.
This is not an indictment of the human race; nor is it an indictment of those few extraordinary individuals that from time to time emerge to give a direction to the human race.
It is an indictment of RELIGION. Organised Religions are the pariahs that feed on, that bleed genuinely decent peoples from every race and belief and separate them form not only their fellow human beings..., but from the deities on other levels that are working tirelessly to steer our race towards our ultimate destiny.., to become fully fledged members of the
the Great Brotherhood, the 'Fraternity of the Stars'.