If you really want to learn about religion without going to church or listening to a preacher then the best comparison is to watch a Stage hypnosis show. It’s the exact same thing without the Bible and Jesus. A man gets onstage and uses his words to make people something that is not real. However the hypnotist doesn’t have the added arsenal of fear, shame, peer pressure and hell in his arsenal.
I have talked to a hypnotist my service club brought in twice for a fundraiser. Excellent show by the way.Turns out he under contract to a large Police college near me to teach his techniques to the students there. They use these skills on the force after graduating for de-escalation purposes. These techniques are also used by church leaders to help out with that mind control thing they need.
"If you really want to learn about religion without going to church or listening to a preacher then the best comparison is to watch a Stage hypnosis show. It’s the exact same thing without the Bible and Jesus."
For the most part, these are two different things. The only time they are similar are in certain types of services. I'm thinking of the tent revival scenario, or some televangelists in which they work the crowd up to a certain state.
Have you ever been to a Catholic, Lutheran or Congregational or similar service? They just put you to sleep.
I think it would make an interesting study to see just how many kills can be attributed to each religion; not down to the last corpse of course but just in round numbers, Say a Million.
I'd put my money on the Xstians, they are the most vile and uncivilized of the bunch in my estimation but I'll wait on the final tally, just to be sure.
Its exactly how television works to draw viewers into narrow, controlled frames of reference. It accounts for how devotees of soap operas or 24/7 "news" media cannot distinguish between reality and SUGGESTION. Similar also to how people surrender perceptual faculties to others they are persuaded to trust as superior. They become captivated when those controlled, 'interpreted' perceptions substitute for native sensibilities. (Primary Cognition)
"It’s the exact same thing without the Bible and Jesus [...] A man gets onstage and uses his words to make people something that is not real. ."
Radically different given that the people already believed in that "not-real" prior to the man getting onstage and a Muslim rarely gets hypnotized by a Christian pastor but, if it were the same as hypnosis, that wouldn't matter.
So no, not the exact same thing and not even a good analogy tbh.