With the passage of time, sometimes, religion has been used by a section of people to instil fear in other people and that is when a whole lot of people stopped going to places of worship. This was its misuse for anything that tries to control through fear or any other methodology is wrong.
But did that stop the people who did not actively visit places of worship from believing in God ? Of course not ... belief in God is hardwired into us for it is our reality ... a reality which is really really good for us ... so these people needed to find another way to reach out to God ... one that is more direct and as efficacious too. One that put control into their own hands of how they wished to communicate with God ... in words that came from their own hearts. That's not to say that people who follow religions cannot communicate with God on a one to one level .... of course we all do. But it does help to know how to guide our thoughts in a direction that helps us achieve that goal. We are all victims of wrong guidance given to us through our peers and elders and when we follow through on that guidance ... it is possible that your desires and wishes may not be heard and there is a slight disconnect between us and God and that needs to be rectified through a tweaking of our thought structures. Its really so simple that one should not make too much heavy weather out of it but simply go with the flow. After all the end result is your own good.
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