The more history I watch, the more and more I understand why religions associated with Western culture have failed the world, chiefly Catholism, but also Christianity as a whole because of shared origins.
I am not talking about the worship of God or Christ per se, but the organizations/institutions that have become associated as such. Much of Catholism is covered in the blood shed by followers over the centuries, crusades, inquisitions, and wars. All activities against God’s commandments and Christ’s teaching.
Add to this a belief that their religion was not strong enough to establish their own holidays or structures, which caused them to co-op pagan holidays and change the role of women in the church. They even created religious doctrine to support industries, look deeper into the history of Lent and fish Fridays.
If you step back and look at Christian history outside of the Church narrative, you will see human choices taking precedence over divine origin. Thus, child molesting priests, gambling nuns, and cover-ups are not surprising at all. What is truly surprising is the zealotry of the church membership in defending what, in any other setting, would be indefensible. One other place you see such zealotry is inside of cults. I think this is something the world needs to look at and face.
Finally, don’t fall into the belief that I am singling out only Western embraced religions. I only talk about them more because of fimilarity. My guess is that every human religion is rife with such human fingerprints and need to be viewed as such. Unfortunately, too many people find it easier to let others direct their beliefs; questioning is hard.