The number one “instinct” of organizations (which I believe the U.S. and most of the world consider legal persons) and people is self preservation. (Atheist charged with blasphemy in Mumbai.)
These poor people im Mumbai and probably all over the world are mislead. So often religion is at odds with truth and physical evidence. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. Of course it doesn’t mean just widows and orphans but at the time and in the place this was written these two groups held the most helpless of society; I doubt that it is much different in 2013.
All organizations be they churches, temples, mosques, social service agencies or governments are oganizations that work against the good of human kind out of human and organizational nature. The number one “instinct” of organizations (which I believe the U.S. and most of the world consider legal persons) and people is self preservation.
Once a church forms we must realize, the church it self must acknowledge that it puts its existence and comfort ahead of worshipping (upholding) the Life, the Way, the Truth.
Governments put self preservation ahead of the common good of the people en mass that they serve.
It is up to all individuals to see this and realize individuals do the same thing. Once we realize this we can balance it against our actions on behalf of others. Next step the more we realize that we are all one then we find ourselves being holistically healthy so as to benefit others. Then we will see that a huge part of our own self preservation, happiness and wholeness hinges on giving, loving and meeting the needs of others. We will see we have needs that others need to fill.