Retired Priest Says Hell Was Invented by the Church To Control People

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US priest Bishop John Shelby Spong has caused controversy with his tirade against traditional doctrines this week.

The video has left mabny viewers shocked…

Christianity is a very popular religion worldwide.

It is estimated that around 1.2 billion people follow the religion all around the world.

But that’s not to say it’s without its controversies.

Many of which are becoming more and more prevalent.

But one aspect of Christianity that’s been a primary doctrine for many years.

Heaven and hell, of course.

For many believers, hell is one of the things that keeps them in check.

But this week, the very concept of hell has come under fire.

US priest Bishop John Shelby Spong has spoken out in an explosive YouTube video.

“Religion is always in the control business and that’s something people don’t really understand, it’s a guilt-producing control business.”

“If you have heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness and hell as a place where you’re punished for your evil, then you sort of have control of the population.”

“So they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the hell out of a lot of people.”

“I think the church fired its furnace hotter than anybody else.”

“The church doesn’t like for people to grow up because you can’t control grown-ups. That’s why we talk about being born again, when you’re born again ur still a child.”

“People don’t need to be born again they need to grow up. They need to accept their responsibility for themselves and the world.”

“Every church claims we are the true church and we have some ultimate authority.”

“The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book is beyond imagination for me.”

“God is not a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems that human beings have created.”

Watch the incredible interview here.

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