Originally posted by Simulacra
Could it be that we possibly can't tollerate a life without meaning so much that we created religion to give our lives meaning? And thus created the
God's that rule over these religions to authorise them? Let me know what you think.
I would agree that life would be intolerable or at least unsatisfying without some form of meaning experienced on an individual level. However, I
don't think there is any specific need for some pre-arranged 'God' figure or 'Religion' for people to have meaning within their own lives.
People would simply develop reason and meaning for their existence in their own way.
One example could be that a person finds that meaning in being the parent of a child. In this way they exchange the idea of being in 'Debt to God'
for their life, with being the 'Steward of life' for their child. In other words, 'Meaning and/or Purpose' would be determined by the individual
in a way which satisfied their personal philisophical void.
Religions are created for the purpose of controlling 'Lives' other than one's own. It establishes order/direction/meaning/purpose/etc. for all to
follow. This way a Religious Order sets the direction of the masses instead of each individual choosing a meaning and/or purpose for themself.
Sometimes it would work for the person and sometimes not, but in either case it doesn't make any difference just as long as it is
continues working for those who benefit from it.(Usually the creators and those who have been initiated and promoted within the Order itself.)
For example, a Business Owner creates a business of some kind. Now some employees may enjoy the job while others don't. In either case it makes no
difference just as long as the employees do what they are told. It's a system developed to benefit the Owner/Investors/etc. ultimately. If an
employee happens to benefit from it then fine, whatever...lucky them, but that isn't the Primary Purpose of why that Business was established. Make
I think the creation of a Personal God/Creator God/etc. was an effective means for Mankind to 'Cope with dissapointment, Rid themselves of Blame,
Explain the Unknown, Eleviate personal responsibilities, etc.
Another thing to remember is that not all 'Gods' are 'Dieties of Judgement and/or Control', especially in the personal sense. In many faiths God
is beyond such concepts as Judgement of Man and things with such 'Personal characteristics'.
I mean would there really be such a time of Judgement with a God that exists outside Time & Space or any other boundary?
Why would such a God even need to evaluate It's Creation after it is created?
God would already be fully aware of what that creation may become thus removing the need for such a Time of Judgement or even any Intervention in the