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Probably because you can trace it all the way back to Babylon (making Babylon the Great a fitting name for all false religion). From Babylon the myth of the immortal soul spread to Egypt, Persia, Greece and on and on across the globe.
Human Nature & Fate after Death
In the Old Babylonian Atrahasis epic, the gods created humans by mixing clay with the blood of a rebellious deity named We-ilu who was specially slaughtered for the occasion. Humans therefore contained both an earthly and a divine component. Yet the divine element did not mean that humans were immortal. The Mesopotamians had no concept of either physical resurrection or metempsychosis. Rather, Enki (Akkadian Ea), the Sumerian deity of wisdom and magic, ordained death for humans from their very inception. Mortality defined the fundamental human condition, and is even described as the destiny (Akk. šimtu) of mankind. The most common euphemism for dying in Mesopotamian texts is “to go to one’s fate” (Cooper 21). The quest for physical immortality, suggests the Epic of Gilgamesh, was consequently futile. The best humans could strive for was enduring fame through their deeds and accomplishments on earth. Immortality, insofar as it was metaphorically possible, was actualized in the memory of future generations.
Humans were considered alive (Akk. awilu) as long as they had blood in their veins and breath in their nostrils. At the moment when humans were emptied of blood or exhaled their last breath, their bodies were considered empty cadavers (Akk. pagaru. The condition of this empty corpse is compared to deep sleep and, upon burial in the ground, the body fashioned from clay “returned to clay” (Bottéro, “Religion” 107). The biblical euphemism for death as sleep (New Revised Standard Version, 1 Kgs. 2:10; 2 Kgs. 10:35; 15:38; 24:6; 2 Chron. 9:31) and the statement, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19; cf. Ecc. 3:20), point to the common cultural milieu underlying ancient Mesopotamian and Israelite paradigms.
Ancient Mesopotamian Beliefs in the Afterlife
Metempsychosis (Greek: μετεμψύχωσις) is a philosophical term in the Greek language referring to transmigration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death.
It is unclear how the doctrine of metempsychosis arose in Greece. It is easiest to assume that earlier ideas which had never been extinguished were utilized for religious and philosophic purposes. The Orphic religion, which held it, first appeared in Thrace upon the semi-barbarous north-eastern frontier. Orpheus, its legendary founder, is said to have taught that soul and body are united by a compact unequally binding on either; the soul is divine, immortal and aspires to freedom, while the body holds it in fetters as a prisoner. Death dissolves this compact, but only to re-imprison the liberated soul after a short time: for the wheel of birth revolves inexorably. Thus the soul continues its journey, alternating between a separate unrestrained existence and fresh reincarnation, round the wide circle of necessity, as the companion of many bodies of men and animals." To these unfortunate prisoners Orpheus proclaims the message of liberation, that they stand in need of the grace of redeeming gods and of Dionysus in particular, and calls them to turn to God by ascetic piety of life and self-purification: the purer their lives the higher will be their next reincarnation, until the soul has completed the spiral ascent of destiny to live for ever as God from whom it comes. Such was the teaching of Orphism which appeared in Greece about the 6th century BC, organized itself into private and public mysteries at Eleusis and elsewhere, and produced a copious literature
Eve is as dead as the dodo.
originally posted by: BestinShow
originally posted by: Sheye
Christianity is one of the religions that grants total free will along with the grace of forgiveness when that free will is abused.
Envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath.
Those 7 attributes ARE Free Will you tool.
It truly is one of the most beautiful religions on this planet.
Imagine if you thought for yourself...you'd be Dangerous!
originally posted by: craterman
Everyone has a god, at least, or a God.
When it comes to the origins of man, know one knows for certain, and therefore they can only believe. The problem comes when someone thinks they know for certain.
They either condemn, ridicule, or even kill in some cases, others who do not share their opinion.
As for myself, I do believe in the Christian God and Jesus Christ, but not because I was brought up that way, which IMO is a bit of advantage because I can better articulate why.
People of science are quick to dismiss God all together, holding their own knowledge and intellect above the idea. But most will skip right over the telling parts of science because they hold a belief or faith in things that they have no evidence for whatsoever.
Most will claim evolution created man. But none stop to solve the problem of the first living cell, or for that matter the first proteins that would be needed to make it happen.
Living cells are very complicated machines, that require many separate coordinated parts working in perfect harmony, none of which has any purpose or possibility to exist outside of a cell. The odds of a living cell just forming by itself in a lifeless nature has been estimated at 1:1x10^40,000. Those are nearly incomprehensible small odds.
For comparison, the total of subatomic particles in the entire universe has been estimated at 1x10^256. Science and math has produced those numbers, but many who study science ignore them, and they most certainly are not part of any curriculum of education.
Another for the 'why' of God is this, can anyone here look at an airliner or supper computer and say, 'what a magnificent accident!' ? Well without God, this universe, sub atomic particles, atomic structure, molecular structure, chemistry, planets, suns, life, and the creations of life are nothing but miraculous, perpetual, accidents.
And again, science ignores its own teachings, the second law of thermodynamics says that no closed system decreases in entropy (chaos).
Religion? Yeah, I will agree, it is another matter. Men will be influenced by Satan and work for his own personal gain, and when it comes to religion, there can be a lot for individual to gain through the spiritual weakness of others.
originally posted by: spidermastermind
a reply to: Noncompatible
God wants every person on this planet to choose a god he likes the most, and people have to pray for their god to gain wealth and good life. It is because not everyone can understand that God exists, how he looks like, how to contact him, etc. So people for example just simply can pray to a Gray and worship him as a god. Those who dislike God or any other entity for example the Satan, they are to worship football or any other champions or rock stars or movie stars. In this case, the rock star will become their God, they start to worship those people instead of the Creator. So if you don't want to worship God, the Creator of several planets and stars, you are going to worship a sports champion or a type of car, even if you wouldn't want to. You can still have everything, if you worship a car or a motorbike.