CHURCH OF ENGLAND BISHOP JOHN SPONG SAYS ‘ETERNAL DAMNATION AN INVENTION BY THE CHURCH’ TO INFLICT FEAR – to control the hearts and minds of the unaware: It is only when you inflict fear and guilt on to the people that you can control the mind, heart and soul of the people. This Bishop says that the Church used this eternal damnation fear for centuries because the Church hoped that would inflict strong fear into the people. We see how the Church manipulated a situation where it said a priest has the power to send to you eternal damnation or to heaven.