History Main / PathOfInspiration

4th Jul '17 5:43:35 PM MarqFJA
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A specific subtype of AncientConspiracy. Distinct from the CorruptChurch in that instead of being a legitimate religion that went bad, the Path of Inspiration is by design rotten to the core. Distinct from the ScamReligion in that the Path's leaders are true believers, not con artists. If the religion is openly evil, it's the ReligionOfEvil instead. The typical high-ranking member is a StrawHypocrite. Usually has a DarkMessiah as the figurehead, whose outright evil is part of TheReveal. May overlap with HollywoodSatanism, especially in ConspiracyTheories.

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A specific subtype of AncientConspiracy. Occasionally, this is the form that an AncientConspiracy would take. Distinct from the CorruptChurch CorruptChurch, in that instead of being a legitimate religion that went bad, the Path of Inspiration is by design rotten to the core. Distinct from core; the ScamReligion ScamReligion, in that the Path's leaders are true believers, not con artists. If artists; and the ReligionOfEvil, in that the religion is '''not''' openly evil, it's the ReligionOfEvil instead.evil. The typical high-ranking member is a StrawHypocrite. Usually has a DarkMessiah as the figurehead, whose outright evil is part of TheReveal. May overlap with HollywoodSatanism, especially in ConspiracyTheories.
28th Jun '17 8:47:30 AM DocJamore
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Creator/{{Plato}} [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans advocates doing this]] in ''Literature/TheRepublic''.


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* Creator/{{Plato}} [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans advocates doing this]] in ''Literature/TheRepublic''.
5th Jun '17 5:09:12 PM 64SuperNintendo
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4th Jun '17 7:56:10 PM LordOfTheSword
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** It also seems that even among the highest officials of the Church, few know of its true origin and purpose. [[spoiler:Simon, for example, rose to become one of Church's most powerful priests, before accidentally discovering the Germonik Scriptures and learning the truth.]] Though many of those who aren't aware are rather evil anyway. Thus, Glabados could be seen as both a PathOfInspiration ''and'' a CorruptChurch.

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** It also seems that even among the highest officials of the Church, few know of its true origin and purpose. [[spoiler:Simon, for example, rose to become one of Church's most powerful priests, before accidentally discovering the Germonik Scriptures and learning the truth. Their entire church is based on a lie. Their "god" is actually one of the most powerful of demons, Ultima.]] Though many of those who aren't aware are rather evil anyway. Thus, Glabados could be seen as both a PathOfInspiration ''and'' a CorruptChurch.
1st May '17 10:33:39 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Bajorans who worship the [[GodOfEvil Pah Wraiths]] believe that they're not evil, merely that the and the Prophets had some falling-out long ago; after the Cardassian Occupation devastated Bajor for fifty years, many turn to the Pah Wraith cult as an alternate spiritual path. The thing is, as the series goes on it's apparent that the Pah Wraiths are both real and ''very'' unfriendly. There's also a throwaway line about cult members having to get permission before they're allowed to have children.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Bajorans who worship the [[GodOfEvil Pah Wraiths]] believe that they're not evil, merely that the they and the Prophets had some falling-out long ago; after the Cardassian Occupation devastated Bajor for fifty years, many turn to the Pah Wraith cult as an alternate spiritual path. The thing is, as the series goes on it's apparent that the Pah Wraiths are both real and ''very'' unfriendly. There's also a throwaway line about cult members having to get permission before they're allowed to have children.
1st May '17 10:27:37 PM Fireblood
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* In the Han Solo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self appointed priest use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
** Speaking of StarWars, the Potentium Heresy. It says that dividing the Force into good and evil is too simplistic, and that as long as you listen to the Force, everything will work out for the best. It was a Sith lie. It actually catches Han and Leia's son, though he, somewhat GenreSavvy, doesn't teach Luke's son about it. This leads to a huge WhatAnIdiot moment.

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* In the Han Solo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self appointed priest use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
** Speaking of StarWars,
Franchise/StarWars has the Potentium Heresy. It says that dividing the Force into good and evil is too simplistic, and that as long as you listen to the Force, everything will work out for the best. It was a Sith lie. It actually catches Han and Leia's son, though he, somewhat GenreSavvy, doesn't teach Luke's son about it. This leads to a huge WhatAnIdiot moment.
31st Mar '17 6:53:39 PM Doug86
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* The Church of St. Eva in ''BreathOfFireII''.
** The religion of the Urkan from ''BreathOfFireIII'' also somewhat qualifies. [[spoiler:Though their god isn't exactly malevolent (just so overprotective of the world that she decided to commit genocide on a race that COULD destroy it, even though they were a very peaceful race), she IS the final boss.]]

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* The Church of St. Eva in ''BreathOfFireII''.
''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII''.
** The religion of the Urkan from ''BreathOfFireIII'' ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' also somewhat qualifies. [[spoiler:Though their god isn't exactly malevolent (just so overprotective of the world that she decided to commit genocide on a race that COULD destroy it, even though they were a very peaceful race), she IS the final boss.]]
13th Mar '17 11:36:39 PM Scabbard
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* ''Film/TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]

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* ''Film/TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]sacrifice]].
23rd Jan '17 1:27:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* The syncretic mishmash of world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith that becomes the official one-world religion during the first half of the Tribulation period in the LeftBehind books, believing that all religions are true and have valid paths leading to God, yet denouncing biblical Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters) and its message of Jesus Christ being the only true way to God as heretical. In following with the interpretation of Mystery Babylon in Revelation chapter 17, this "anti-church" was merely set up to serve the Antichrist for a time and then would be destroyed, only to be replaced by the single-deity worshipping religion of Carpathianism.

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* The syncretic mishmash of world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith that becomes the official one-world religion during the first half of the Tribulation period in the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind books, believing that all religions are true and have valid paths leading to God, yet denouncing biblical Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters) and its message of Jesus Christ being the only true way to God as heretical. In following with the interpretation of Mystery Babylon in Revelation chapter 17, this "anti-church" was merely set up to serve the Antichrist for a time and then would be destroyed, only to be replaced by the single-deity worshipping religion of Carpathianism.
5th Jan '17 12:01:55 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Bajorans who worship the [[GodOfEvil Pah Wraiths]] believe that they're not evil, merely that the and the Prophets had some falling-out long ago; after the Cardassian Occupation devastated Bajor for fifty years, many turn to the Pah Wraith cult as an alternate spiritual path. The thing is, as the series goes on it's apparent that the Pah Wraiths are both real and ''very'' unfriendly. There's also a throwaway line about cult members having to get permission before they're allowed to have children.
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