posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 02:16 AM
In my Ancient Civilizartions class this semester, the first ancient civilization we learned about was the one of the peoples of Mesopotamia, primarily
the Sumerians (they would eventually become the Saudis, Iraqis, Iranis, Afghanis, etc). Their religion and culture was one based on myth,
superstition, and make believe. There was very little logic or reason, if any, to explain the daily occurrences in their lives. Therefore, to control
and explain events such as flooding, birth, and the cycles of the sun, divine beings (gods) were created. They had quite a few gods, not as many as
the Greeks or Romans, but definitely more than five - basically a god for every event or rather gods that were in control of multiple events.
Now that you know the reasoning for the creation of the first recorded gods and the history of the first recorded civilization, think of the fact that
three of the worlds major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) came from the Middle East. Next, ask yourself this: "If these three religions came
from the same place (but NOT the same time in history), then they probably 1) affected each other as time progressed, 2) had historic connections
(people, places, etc.), and 3) were based on the same principals, right?Ē The answer is of course; it wouldn't follow that they wouldn't affect each
other in some way. Now, they arenít exactly the same: one example is the fact that Muslims (or is it Jews?) don't believe the Messiah has come yet,
while Christians do. That is a MAJOR difference. However, my theory is not one pointing out the differences; it's one trying to make a connection. IF
the major "western" religions are all related in some way, than one of the similarities I believe that exists between them is the reasoning for the
creation of the gods in the first place - lack of logic, reasoning, and modern science. In other words, all three are based on myth.
There is also another connection: all three modern western religions (AND the ancient Sumerian religion) begin with a semi-divine martyr, a half
mortal, half god (I'm not sure about Mohammed); Christianity (and Judaism?) has Jesus, Islam has Mohammed. This is not my main point though. About my
main point, I myself am a Christian. I believe in God and Jesus; that is my faith. However, I also believe God never existed. Like the gods of the
other religions, he was made up to explain the creation of the earth. On the other hand, thatís not to say I believe in evolution either. Furthermore,
I believe the first book of the Old Testament of the Bible (Genesis) is a work of fiction (or, more specifically, exaggerated reality) while the first
four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) of the New Testament are about Jesus and his teachings (non-fiction, known truth). Remember, this is only MY
theory. But if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense; the religions ARE similar and DO share a lot of reasoning. I hope I didn't offend anyone
buy this, and I'm hoping for some counter-points.
Darwinistic? Atheist? What am I?