so what does it say about people or institutions that prey on our fears and desires to manipulate us? if they need us to be filled with fear and desire to serve their own ends, then they have no interest in our attaining true wisdom or enlightenment. so they consider their own concerns to be paramount to yours, if it is to their benefit that you not discard the shackles of fear and desire so their purposes can be served.
this is why you should always be wary of both the carrot AND the stick offered up by traditional, abrahamic religions. they will dangle the carrot, a symbol of your own desire, to manipulate you to their own ends. this desire they offer is to never end. to never die, but to live forever in a paradise, with all your accpeted loved ones, once you've passed away in the material world. sound too good to be true ? of course it does, because it is!
well, that's when stick comes out, to bully you. it teaches you to be afraid of death, afraid of god's wrath, to be afraid of an abject punishment, in the form of punishement by eternal fire. again, more lies.
it seems to me that if you consider yourself a christian, you have some very serious questions you have to ask yourself about the contradictory and generally absurd nature of your religion. and if you're intellectually honest with yourself, i can't see how you could come to any other conclusion but to jettison your faith to the garbage bin of history where it belongs.