The Bible really is a great book. It allows you to view intelligent men’s insights of the world through the ages. It has been a powerful force for mankind for Millennia. Regardless of your religious persuasion, it is recommended reading.
Late Roman leadership harnessed the power of the Bible in an effort to hold on to power. In doing so they added teachings that facilitated governance. The Bible is reserved for the Priest in modern services. The Roman Catholic Church survived the fall of Rome and became an institution, with the needs of all institutions. This included security and money.
The Catholic Church originally sanctioned the Knights Templar, which grew strong enough to be a threat. In 1307, the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured, and burnt. The Catholic Church took the Templars property. Jacques Demolay was burnt slowly by, no kidding, King Phillip the Fair.
In the 1500s, Galileo publicly stated that the earth rotates around the sun. The Catholic Church shut Galileo up.
The Catholic Church originated the concept of land title. In exchange for a dying man’s land, the Church would provide blessings for him. It eventually became a large landowner and leveed a tax on crops known as a dime. By the time of the French Revolution, the Catholic Church (1st Estate) has gained equality with the Royalty (2nd Estate) and everybody else (3rd Estate).
In a lot of ways, Multiculturalism is the modern parallel to the Catholic Church of old. It is based in power and suppresses dissent. It rejects science. It feeds off of the government. The leaders use it to benefit themselves at the expense of others. In the end though, it will fall to some parallel of the Enlightenment. Truth is a powerful thing.
PC Disclaimer: I’m having my kids raised Catholic.