Kindness implies that it is unforced. I am kind because it feels good, I care and don’t want to hurt people, I love them—not because the preacher told me I must be kind. Yet when I look at the inquisitions, the holy wars, the atrocities committed in the name of religion even to this day, it makes me wonder about the hypocrisy being spouted from the altars and shrines of the world.
If morality is based on such tenets as the Ten Commandments, and we see “holy men” embezzling, cheating, killing, molesting children, then we can question whether religion has contributed anything towards kindness and morality.
If you listen to the words of all the great ascended beings, you will see that they had nothing to do with the organization of any religion with rigid, punitive belief systems. They are truly about kindness and morality but are without the power-based structures that have evolved in our history.