I'm sure has been used primarily by the catholic church as a means of control-yes. However, Jesus mentions hell to warn you of it only for the means of getting you to repent and be right before God. Jesus does not desire control-He wants a relationship with you because He loves you.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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