...Dumb them down with fear. They could have written anything in the bible and read it to the people and they would have believed.<quoted text>
In ancient times, when the Catholics ruled the empire, only the clergy were allowed to have possession of the bibles.
It was believed that the lowly lay Catholics were too dumb to understand the messages from the god ... the god that by the way previously loved only the Jews.
Silly people entertain silly self-serving dogmas.
..... Organized religion has done a fantastic job as marketers of fear, and if you believe God will take care of you forever more.
.....Who wouldn't want to believe that?
...... Poetry and tall tales. Story time books for adults.