The ‘problem’ is that people simply do not turn to religion for truth or facts. They turn to religion to be affirmed, for someone to tell them their brief life in the giant universe matters. Successful religious organizations understand this. The real problem, IMHO, is that the second you depend on someone else to tell you that you’re a ‘good’ person, you have handed at least some of the reigns of personal sovereignty over to that person/organization.
The people who have the power to tell you how great you are also have the power to tell you everything that is wrong with you. Unfortunately much of organized religion depends on these “white lies” of approval. Those “white lies” don’t mean a hell of a lot without the fear of hell, or at least the fear of a “meaningless” existence.
—a poster in the Facebook version of The Free Believers Network giving their opinion on the pitfalls and dangers of organized Christian religion.