So I started thinking about this the other day, not sure quite why, but it occurred to me that religion is pretty much entirely based on Fear. The entire underlying concept is that if you “do this” or “don’t do that”, you are going to be punished for all eternity (or most of it anyway, depending on if you believe there is a purgatory where you can eventually move along into paradise).
So despite the way every religion tries to say that they are a religion of peace and/or love, they all seem to be rooted in the fear of offending God somehow and being punished for it. This despite the premise that Man is born of free will. So apparently Man can choose what he wants to do, as long as he doesn’t mind being consigned to the fiery depths for all eternity. Apparently that’s the cost of not being afraid.