maxdancona, I can understand how you feel. And what you state is very truthful in that the churches have in fact hurt many people. For a fact, the 2 world wars could not have been fought if the churches had taught their masses what the Bible really teaches.
The Bible log ago foretold that we would see this at 2 Timothy 3:1-5 where it states:
3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
Verse 5 highlights what we now see. Large numbers of people who profess Christianity, but who's lives and conduct contradict their claim. Granted, much of this is because many religious leaders have refused and failed to give people a chance to know what the Scriptures really contain. As one minister told me when I asked why he chose not to tell his members what the Bible actually teaches on a number of subjects, he said to me: "if I did that, how many people do you think I would keep in my church?
All I could say was WOW. What came to my mind is what Jesus said would be the case with many religious leaders today who knowingly lie to their flocks at Matthew 23:13
13 â€śWoe to you, scribes and Pharisees (religious leaders of the day), hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.