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common source for religions

  1. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 2 years ago

    There are similar myths and common threads throughout the different religions of the world. For instance, there are dozens of flood myths  and stories. I think it's possible that different people over the ages have been able to tap into some common storehouse of information about the universe, through dreams and meditation and other mystic experiences.

    The reason different religions form is that the information is filtered through different people, each with their own though processes and life experience. These experiences are hard to communicate to other people, and so get garbled in the process. Thus the varying religions and mythology, with a lot of the same threads throughout.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hard to see how a common database would yield such radically differing versions of god, the universe and life in general.  There is also a distinct lack of evidence that dreams, meditation or any other "mystic" experience produces truth that is not available to ordinary reason and research.

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Different versions of God because the universe is seen through different eyes.

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      Rad Manposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Or, people heard the stories of others and wrote there own. The Hebrews got there stories from the Sumer, the Christians got their stories from the Hebrews and the Muslims got their stories from both Christians and Jews. It's simply made up stuff. We can't get information that we don't have in our heads from any divine sources otherwise we would all be given the same information, but some of us do make great creative writers.

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Some religions steal from others, but there are some instances where the stories are the same, like on different hemispheres with huge seas between them. Especially flood myths. Not that I think there was a giant worldwide flood, I think it is a metaphor for something else entirely.

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          Rad Manposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Or, there were a lot of floods when the ice sheets melted and oceans rose 12,000 years ago.

          1. janesix profile image60
            janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thousands of years is a long time to carry on an oral tradition of real floods in the form of flood myths. Has to be something else.

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              Rad Manposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              So they can carry on the oral tradition for a few thousand year, but not four or five?

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                janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                It would be more like 8 thousand, if the epic of Gilgamesh was written 4000 years ago

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                  Rad Manposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  The water would have continued to rise for thousands of years. It seems to be the only evidence of flooding.

  2. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 2 years ago

    Jung called it the collective unconscious, but I think there is more to it than that.

 
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