Pope Leo X said, “It has served us well, this myth of Christ”, and
“Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.” If you think about those statements what do you surmise? In my analysis Pope Leo is saying that not only has the church has benefited greatly by having the people believe in a mythological being but so will he.
This attitude has been pervasive throughout all religious sects. Regardless of the religion one belongs to. Benefit goes to the leaders of the religion and power is held by persuading the followers of grand rewards if the follow the their teachings and great punishment if they don’t. But the rewards and punishments are said to happen after the death of the individual, so conveniently, no one can refute or prove their claim. They say you have to take it on “faith”.