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That's because it's just a

That's because it's just a power structure: a hierarchy for the "holy" class. Nowhere, even in the passages specifically chosen as canon at the Council of Nicaea by the most powerful "church leaders" in the world at the time and the Roman Emperor himself, does Christ ever call for priests, bishops, cardinals, or popes who have some sort of "god-given" authority over matters of scripture and spirituality. All of that hierarchy was introduced in order to preserve the status quo, instead of having true Christians running around who fear nothing but God.

They bastardized and governmentized Christ's teachings.

Religion is a power structure. Spirituality is personal.

I myself am a deist. I believe in a God and the true teachings of Christ (the most important being love thy neighbor as thyself), but I don't believe that God actively intervenes in the world. I believe that an "active" God is incompatible with the concept of free will.

I certainly don't believe that some corrupt old man sitting in a hall of gold with a pointy hat is somehow God's representative on Earth. We are all God's representatives.

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purposes."
-- Thomas Jefferson, to Horatio G Spafford, March 17, 1814

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