In front of the audience, a religious figure speaks of the easy way to enter heaven. He used the distinctive attributes of religious figures and he described the afterlife in very dramatic ways and languages. To be more convincing, he also painted a picture of a burning hot fire burning sinful human bodies. But God is gracious.
There is an easy way to avoid hellfire and enter heaven, that is by donating money to a human being who has a purpose. Why is this matter so important? He is a kind of representative of God whose celebration represents God's interests themselves. If this person's purpose is not achieved, God's self-esteem will be destroyed. That is why anyone who contributes money to the success of the person's celebration will be guaranteed to go to heaven.
No! I am not talking about Neno Warisman who is calling on anyone to contribute money to Prabowo who is advancing as presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential Election. Even though the above narrative is easily associated with the “religious business” which is currently emerging, including what Neno Warisman did which guarantees that the contribution of five million rupiah to the Prabowo-Sandi pair will make the contributor auto-enter heaven, but the above narrative does not at all refer to any event in Indonesia at the end of 2018.
The narrative at the beginning of this paper is a piece of the 19459004 scene from the Luther film. The film, starring Joseph Fiennes, tells the story of Martin Luther's life journey with a 16th-century European setting. The preacher described at the beginning of this paper is John Tetzel who was “preaching” in the Juterbog City field, in front of poor Christians whose lives were gripped by sin.
Tetzel, a German who became a Roman Catholic brother, lived between 1465-1519 . He is known as an enthusiastic preacher in the case of selling indulgences (forgiveness of sins) in return for money. The proceeds from the sale of this indulgence were planned to be used to cover the financing of the construction of St. Peter's Basilica which was being planned by the Pope at that time, even though not all of the money collected was deposited in Rome. Towards the end of his life, Tetzel's reputation was destroyed because he was accused of committing various frauds and embezzlement.
The sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic church was considered one of the most embarrassing religious manipulations in history. This event was also one of the reasons for the rebellion of Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, against the authority of the Pope in Rome.
In one of his sermons, as depicted in the film, Luther mocked this practice by stating, “With my silver money free my grandfather from purgatory. Pay twice as much as I can to release Grandma and Uncle Marcus. Because I have no funds, they have to stay in a hot place. “
In its long history, religion does not always show the face of love. Religion also carries its dark stories. Religion teaches love, but not a little history of religion is painted with bloody violence. Religion is like a double-edged sword. Luther's film may be a little excessive, but this film gives a clear picture of how religion is, because it is absolute, easily manipulated even by its own characters.
The point of the problem is not in his religion. The problem is with people who act on behalf of themselves as spokespersons for religion. If the spokesman for this religion is a prophet guarded by God, then prophetic acts in the name of religion reflect the decree of justice from heaven. But if the person who claims to be the spokesperson for religion is only an ordinary person who cannot be separated from his mistakes and worldly interests, religion can become a tool for low goals.
Try to imagine! There is someone who claims to be a representative of God and a spokesman for religion. The spokesman for this religion will act like the Lord of religion. The spokesman seems to have the power to determine who has the right to go to heaven and who has the right to go to hell. However, because he is not God, he is only an ordinary human with all his interests, so it might happen that camouflage his worldly interests in the name of God.
God's voice is absolute, anyone who opposes the person is absolutely considered to oppose God. Worldly interests suddenly can no longer be recognized because everything has been sealed with the seal of God. Those who do not join the person are considered to go to hell, and anyone who follows his wishes is welcome to go to heaven.
No one will argue that God is loving and just. He sent down the message of his religion to establish love and justice among humans. In the name of justice, He prepared heaven and hell, an mechanism of the hereafter which is absolute. If merit and sin and heaven and hell are then determined by people who are of low morality, then the entire narrative of God's love and justice will be easily manipulated to conceal the deceived interests of the lowly human. only with wealth, even with his life. But what kind of sacrifice does religion require? What if the teachings of sacrifice are in the hands of low-moral people but claim to be representatives of God and spokesmen for religion?
To avoid this trap, perhaps the “religion of love” is the easiest formula. The religion of love is a religion that spreads love and affection for all humans and creation. This love religion is formulated in a hadith: “Love those on earth, surely you will be loved by those in the sky.” 
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