Another quote from Bringing God Back to Earth by John Hunt:
Christians see their God as a good God of light and love. But taking a global historical perspective, many more have seen Him as a God of death and destruction, one of the most monstrous and malign of the many demons that have stalked the earth. Satan’s wiliest trick of all was to walk the earth disguised as God the Good. Most Christians have danced to his tune rather than that of Jesus, with his priests pulling the strings. The Gnostics weren’t so easily fooled. Humankind has paid the price. The Aztecs thought of hell as a period of time rather than a place, a belief they adopted from the Mayans. Their survivors dated it from 1519 when the Christians arrived.
The reference to the Aztecs and Mayans points to some of the history detailed in the chapter prior to the quote, which brought to light the destruction of the Mayan people that Christian Europe inflicted. It’s quite an indictment, but cannot be denied.