God exists so that we may shift the blame
To justify the bloody deeds, committed in His name
While bishops and priests, their dogma peddle
And in our affairs, constantly meddle.
Preaching their doctrine of sorrow and gloom
Prayer and pain, terror and doom
The only way to Heaven, is through penance and contribution
This, they would have you believe is the only solution
Controlling through threats of eternal damnation
And the only way to find salvation
We must prepare for Judgement Day
When the world we know, will be swept away
We must keep His commandments, proclaims the Pope
For those who do not, there is no hope
And those who do not keep the True Faith
Will never enter through Heaven’s Gate
Humans need to believe in rituals and ceremony
We must suffer punishment and how painfully
To attain salvation through sacrifice
Good deeds or Love alone, will not suffice
Why are we obsessed with Life after Death?
Instead of Living this Life without regret?
Did He not say -“Be Still and Know” – yet we do not respect
The Kingdom of Heaven is “within”, or words to that effect ?
We seem to have forgotten somehow
Is that we are here and now
We can only Live Life in this very moment
And all talk of a future Heaven or Hell is irrelevant.
© Denis Murphy 17 July 2022.
This is a poem about religion/the Church of the past, like the medieval ages, when the Church had so much power and influence over people through terror.