Would religion last if there was no money attached to it?
yes, it will, because there is something about religion that is more powerful than money. That element is "power" or "control" over your life. Those who are religious or who are born into it definitely let religion control their lives. Think about the Muslims in certain countries. They cannot even choose to wear as and when they please. They have no control over their dressing, and behavior in public.
Faith and spirituality are different from religion. For religion to last money is needed. Apart from offerings that every religion expects to maintain their places of worship money is needed and so too to keep up with various other rituals.
@allknowing The control comes first, then with the control over the followers, the money will follow. Catholic faith is losing many followers, and that leads to many churches not getting the necessary repair. Once a religion loses control over the followers, the money will dry up.
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While I agree that money has been abused by many churches, many people misunderstand its basic concept and purpose. In the Old Testament, the Israelites pleased God by offering up sacrifices in the form of animals and, in some case, grains, or whatever they had at their disposal. Money was not a common currency in those days when bartering was how most people, other than the rich, did business. How practical would it be for us today to offer God live animals as sacrifices? Currency is the obvious choice, and in many cases, it IS put to good use as it helps churches to promote his words. No, the money we donate to churches or to various causes does not go directly to God, primarily because he doesn't need it. But doing good deeds with our money is pleasing to him, until that process is corrupted by greedy humans. Organized religion would not last without money. It costs money to maintain church buildings and services the churches offer. Money itself is not the root of all evil, but how it is used is.