Here is an excellent article by Paul Ellis of ‘Escape to Reality‘, on how controlling-type Religion* gains power over you – which it never should have done in the first place – by damaging your hope. Click the image below to go to the article:
*I use the word ‘Religion’ here in the sense of people trying to make themselves acceptable to God by using ‘methods’, ‘formulae’ or ‘rituals’ as opposed to the radical concept that actually Jesus Himself is all you need. If you need further clarification on that, please comment below and I can explain more. or, there is more explanation in the linked article itself.