Some maintain that in keeping to the rules there is wisdom, strength and certainty of salvation. This is the Way – any who do not keep the rules, or listen to them and decide they are not for them are, or should be condemned to everlasting flames. It’s not just some fundamentalist Christians that teach this.
The 20th century has a lesson in conformity, banishing those who do not conform, those who are not ‘pure’ those who do not stick to the rules. Almost universally condemned – Adolf Hitler. Yet some religious groups are as ‘fascist’ as Hitler. What does it say about their God, or their view of God. A God of Love ?