A Trail of Religion and Politics.
An overview of the Roman Empire's political and religious invasion of New Zealand,
During the early 4th Century AD, political influences of the Roman Empire married into Christianity and began to make an organisation of the Christian faith. What had been happening in the political world with the use of armies to subdue people or countries, then took on a more subtle and intellectual approach under the guise of 'Christianity'. It wasn't long before this organised religion grew, and began furthering its political and religious so called 'protection' and control over many people and countries.
Through the ensuing centuries there were many people opposed to this conquering force, and millions of lives were lost in battle throughout the years. Not until the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries did any more remarkable changes begin to take place, and it was during this time under the influences of reformers like Martin Luther and John Wesley that many obtained the strength to break away from the 'Mother(ing)' church.
Through Luther, there came the understanding that through believing a person was already 'justified', and it was under this knowledge of Scripture that the Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic organisation. Within Christian religious circles there were then two obvious opposing forces. One asserted rule over the people by setting conditions, good deeds, punishments or penalties as a means of supposedly gaining entry to Heaven, while the other was totally opposed to what they plainly saw were false teachings contrary to the freedom spoken of in Scripture.
True Christian missionaries in New Zealand would often have a tremendous desire and leading to introduce a further understanding of the God they knew to the Maori, and yet at the same time they were faced with this intellectual and political Christianity, which through reasoning, was intent upon gaining the control and bondage of people's souls, minds and livelihoods. The main opposing forces to the earlier misssionaries were the Roman Catholic representetives and the New Zealand Company, whose nature was merely the physical and political arm of the same conquering nature.
Hence the spiritual battle at the time of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The initial good intent trying to be fostered was over-ridden by those with wrong motives who looked at New Zealand as a means of personal glory or financial reward, and it wasn't long before the seat of Government was moved from Auckland to Wellington, the town established by the New Zealand Company. This move was totally contrary to the leading given in the selection of Auckland for the seat of Government.
The religious differences were more clear cut in the 1840's and more openly expressed, but as time has moved on, the mainstream religious and political movements have moved closer together in thought, working all towards the same end. The more they lean to 'their' way as being 'the' way, the more reliant they become upon their god of education, intellectual achievement and commerce. Not I suppose, that those things are wrong in themselves, but dependency upon them et the expense of others, and the earth, is very quickly taking its toll.