It's not really a paradox if you keep a truly open mind.
I'll tell you who has led who into a parasitic captivity, the Abrahamic religions have. They have managed to twist and confuse the original meanings of all things spiritual and divine, denounce the feminine aspect of existence, create a herd of Sheeple, threaten your every move outside "their box" with guilt, shame, Sin, and pain and suffering.
The very first lesson to Adam & Eve in the Garden from God was if you remain in ignorance and do His Will, then you will exist in paradise, but if you should ever disobey Him even once, then you will be killed and mankind damned forever!
Gee . . . thanks for the heads-up Dad! I love you too . . .