I was thinking through some recent current events and the church's response to such and it got me thinking (and that's not always a good thing to do..). The crux of "Babylon" is 3 fold control over people as a way to rule unimpeded. Government, religion, and commerce. State controlled religion is a key component to cementing this power over the population.... People won't die for randomness and they won't bow down to good intentions and well wishing. We gasp in horror when we see prominent clergy and religious leaders embracing ecumenism and the old "all religions are a path to God" saw.... I am coming to realize that we are not the intended audience, though. The intended audience is the powerful leaders... They need the assurance that "religion" is under control and in line... That when asked - their population will line up to go to war for their God at the command of the religious leadership or they will embrace whatever new social policy comes down the pipe with sufficient obeisance and deference to our God appointed leadership. That's the audience and why they do it... It's not to try to get us to change our minds on salvation through the blood of Jesus alone. It's to show that they still understand the game and who is in charge. As an aside... It's kinda fun to notice that in the Babylonian system - the priesthood always follows the money and the power. Where is the money and the power shifting towards?