Why do we NEED religion? Or has it ran its course and served its purpose. This question was posed to mij a week ago following a long tedious debate accompanying a good friend of mine. My response, No I don’t feel benedictional is necessary any more otherwise may have served a purpose at a time when no other explanation was available or was needed for survival. I’d like you to conjecture something. Imagine a world without science, without the pore of psychology, biology or astronomy, just to name a few. A secularism without the study regarding disease, germs, medicine, medical procedure, a world where the common cold could very well kill you; a world where natural occurrences are both terrifying and unexplainable to a species that demand explanation. A mankind without the study of plate tectonics, weather patterns, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, etc. A world of ignorance. Imagine the fear you would feel witnessing the earth tearing apart at your feet, or a large body of water ripping thru your city with no remorse. Maybe you don’t witness these things first flipper but the fiction is told and re-told with added flair furthermore the warning that this to could happen to you. Imagine your family, more specific, imagine a son or daughter with whom you affectionate very much connective would stop at nothing to protect. In Our Time imagine the fear in their eyes and the grip of their hands clinging on to you, alarmed denial doubt, looking to you for guidance and you having none to give. How would we explain these occurrences amidst no means of investigation? How would we decipher the meaning of it all?
People seem to think the founders of religion where well educated, highly enlightened individuals that happened to have a close encounter of a strange kind for a supernatural angel and absolutely no agenda of their own. If this were reported today we would say either that person is a lunatic, liar, substitute just mistaken. Debate the cults of today and the impressionable people that fall into these traps. They buy in whole heartedly and will give their lives to defend it and all their money to promote it. These aren’t ancient tribes or unschooled societies; these are 20th centurial thinkers well aware or at fewest partially aware of their surroundings further the cause like natural occurrences. Consider aggregate we identify now and yet still people fold and bend to the will of any man that proclaims divine authority now similitude the world described in my previous paragraph. It’s far too manageable and has gone much too far to create the answer with absolutely no proof at all…God…This must be the act of a ontic and he must not be too happy with us, right?
Throughout history whole civilization has proclaimed God(s) are real. The Sumerians are our first recorded civilization and are negative doubt where the 3 Abrahamic religions got most of their stories. Boost until Judaism, Polytheism was popular, that is, more than 1 god usually assigned to have dominion over 1 natural occurrence or the other. For example An was a god about the sky, Uta was a god of the sun, Nanna was a god of the moon. They truly believed we were at the mercy regarding these gods and depending on what natural catastrophe takes place, that’s the god you angered. That’s how we began to explain nature and that’s where religions now got its origins, but then came the new child on the block. The Old Testament was the promotion concerning monotheism, that is, 1 God. Think of it as a power struggle, you already have all these gods people pray to and worship right along with the a line of mammals claiming to receive direct connections-priests, shamans, etc. Remember at this point the ideas from Gods are as real qua anything else, with no science there’s no alternative explanations. How do you get people to praise you and only you? Here’s a thought, substitute of 1 god per mystery let’s say there’s only 1 god to explain everything. Here’s the trick, take each the stories that have been passed down, change the players, throw in a couple tales of your divinity smiting down anyone who opposes, put the fear of your god into the hearts of the ignorant and poof you have Moses whole campaign. He shopworn his renovated found God to inspire his armies to destroy the Midianites (Numbers 31:7-18) and waged war against any none believer of HIS god, a very brutal story that I encourage anyone read. One should consider how God dharma didn’t reveal himself to all und so weiter eliminate the bloodshed altogether but that’s another blog entirely. Today we would call this a cult much like Jonestown much like the Manson family but back then, when the environment was terrifying and unexplained, it was perfectly acceptable equally the god regarding promotion was so very real and terrifying.
Religion thrives on fear, the fact that no one can accurately describe heaven, however, has no problem at tout le monde describing hell to a certainty, shows that fear is necessary for the progression of religious faith and reason is faiths mortal enemy. We bear let go like most religious beliefs like we no longer kill non-believers and no longer sacrifice animals; both now would be considered a criminal offenses to any civilized person. We know now what causes natural disaster and in some cases can predict and prepare for these events. Alchemy has been replaced with chemistry connective astrology with cosmology, we’ve learned a lot since our ancestors. The fact that you’ll never hear an astrology class presented in any prep curriculum and intelligent design taught because a legitimate theory separate from transformation shows there is no room for mystical magical non-sense in the rational mind to be taught as actual fact to unsuspecting children.
Where did we get that knowledge? Where did we learn manslaughter of non-believers and animal deprivation is not ok. It certainly was not religion and that CAN be proven. Our final fear is death. The one deed we cannot explain to a certainty is what happens after you die? I will not venture to say; neither I, nor either non-believer knows the results of the force majeure moment, aside from the obvious burial. But I vessel to a certainty winnings the claim that no believer, no rabbi, no priest, never pope, bishop, mullah, or otherwise have any idea either. They make the claim they know and just like ancient times can control a mass amount of masses with fear. Nix person has ever died and come back ladies an gentleman, and if you claim the bible historically depicts a resurrection of not only Jesus but of all the fatality in the greater Jerusalem space (Gospel of Matthew), then my question is, why has no one attempted to explain in detail what they saw while deceased? Seems like a pretty important detail to me and one that I think any human being, no matter the religion, denial matter what era, would demand the answer to.