If one studies religion from outside of the individual cults, it's plain that the latest religions all branched off of earlier religions. The early Pagans burned humans and non-human animals in the flames to appease the supposed gods and the Christians caught the horrible practice FROM the Pagans ... along with many other beliefs and worship of idols, etc.<quoted text>if the church does not follow ant pagan traditions,why do you find statues of pagan gods all over Vatican city?
Worshipping self-chosen words in bibles is no different than a gypsy believing she can see the future in her crystal ball.
If the gypsy wanted a war to begin, she could have stated she saw it in the future, and it might have the same results as the men who claimed that a god ordained "just, or holy war."
Religion was and is a means of gaining control over the thoughts of others.