There are many atheists and skeptics who say that religion was created to control the masses.
As a Black man, I often hear others say how can you believe in a God that was forced on your ancestors by the slavemaster. They forget or ignore that the bible did not originate with Europeans, but that’s another discussion.
Once some people are convinced their particular view is correct, they claim everyone else is BRAINWASHED.
It’s amazing how one can assume you haven’t studied history for yourself and that you’re being naive.
There are plenty of believers like myself who are educated, have studied history, have studied other cultures and still choose to believe in the Lord God of Israel from Everlasting to Everlasting through His Son and our Savior Yeshua, Christ Jesus, The Lamb of God.
The history of the bible goes beyond and before European influences.
Besides…Those who are truly connected with God don’t have ‘religion’…we have relationship.
1 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.