- Religion and Philosophy
Why Religion and the Belief in Any 'God' is Detrimental to Humanity
The oldest known religions in the world
300th to 51st millennium BCE
What we know-
Neanderthals that were in what is contemporary Spain and Croatia began burying their dead. They may have had some type of ceremony for respect for the dead, and may have had empathy for them. In the present day France and Belgium regions, Neanderthals started the ritual of taking skin off of their dead.
Neanderthals created the oldest known sculpture in the world that was animal shaped. The sculpture gave human characteristics to an animal, so it was probably a known deity at the time.
This period signifies the end of the Neanderthal and the beginning of the homo sapien or human beings, there are several clear samples of human burials in Eastern Europe. Graves are marked with dolls, ivory, ornaments, pendants, artifacts and perhaps sacred relics of the time.
100th to 34th century BCE
The Neolithic Revolution began and there was a worldwide population explosion. Political power is synced with religious prestige. Places of worship begin to be built, including the prequel to what we know as Stonehenge. The Anatolia begin worshiping in shrines its inhabitants leave behind numerous clay figurines and impressions of phallic, feminine, and hunting scenes.
As the ideology of Hinduism spreads, so do the concepts of Buddhism and Jainism.
In 950 Moses is supposedly given the Torah by God- this was the core text of Judaism and Abrahamic religions.
Taoism is born
Buddhism booms in several places
Hebrew Bible is highly read and studied.
Spread of Religion in the World
The Dawn of Christianity
Whether or not Christians like to think about this part of their religious history, it happened. The common expression when one doesn't believe that a man with magical powers came to earth and walked on water, yet wasn't written about for hundreds of years later and every one of the writings about him was perverted, twisted and written for political and corrupt benefit does not fit into the secular purity of the Christ persona.
The Truth In a Time Line:
7 BCE–36 CEThe approximate time-frame for the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of all of Christianity.
31-36 death of John the Baptist, supposedly one of Jesus' main disciples
50–62 Christian 'Council of Jerusalem' is created
70 Destruction of temple in Jerusalem
300 The oldest known version of the Tao Te Ching is written on bamboo tablets.
313 The Edict of Milan decrees religious toleration in the Roman empire.
325 The first Ecumenical Council, the Council of Nicaea, is convened to attain a consensus on doctrine through an assembly representing all of Christiandom- and this is over 300 years AFTER the death of Jesus Christ. It establishes the original Nicene Creed, it fixes an Easter Date for the masses to conform to.
380 Theodosius I (a MAN) declares the Nicene Christianity the state religion of Rome. This was done for political purposes, after the Council of Nicene met to decided what to change, what to omit, and what to leave in the 'Bible' to best suit their needs as rulers of the day.
I have never in my life understood why a Christian can't have a rational conversation about any of this. Don't Christians know that 'Christianity' was built by a political entity who wanted to control the masses and make them live in fear. The fear of course, was if people didn't fear 'God,' they would do evil and not have any reason to not break 'God's laws.' Instead what this did was create fear, panic, and so many hundreds of thousands of murders in the name of 'God' over the centuries. The statement 'God is good' is just asinine. I know that men and women have an innate fear of death, but why not open their minds to an educational discussion about how the bible was written by man for the purposes of controlling men? I wish one Christian would talk to me about this.
Murder in the name of God, Allah, Buddah Whomever
How Many People Have Died In The Name of Religion?
This is such a difficult question because it's impossible to count the millions upon millions of people who have been killed over their religious beliefs. From the times of the Crusades, to the Witchcraft Trials, to the crazies on 911- research shows that 100,000 Christians each year die due to their beliefs- right NOW.
If we begin to look at the brutal ways of torture done to people over time, it's sickening. The truth is there are 2.3 billion Christians on the planet and many of them live in dangerous places. The truth is also that millions of these Christians are very poor and uneducated, and the unfortunate truth is that these millions of Christians are part of the most targeted religion in the world.
Serious Questions I Would Like An Answer to From Christians or Religious People (No Sarcasm Intended)
1) Why do you think the consequences of atheism are depressing? Atheists know right from wrong. I know a lot of morally unsound Christians who are worse people than Atheists.
2) Why is your solution to everything that 'God Will Help?' If this is the case, why does God allow genocide, mass murder, school shootings, extreme poverty, torture, etc? The 'Free Will' answer won't work. If he could bring his son back to life he can help others who are in agony.
3) How can you NOT know that men wrote the bible, decided what to put in it and what to omit from it, and it was used to control people, kill people, and to gain political power and dominance?
4) Why don't you realize that pre-Christianity, Zeus and Aphrodite, etc were created to try and understand things we couldn't understand at the time, and now we have scientific explanations. God is made in the image of Zeus. Why is it time to quit believing in the Easter Bunny?
5) Why do you refuse to argue only scripture and not other issues? Why not show a bit of realism?
6) Why are Christians 'right' and Hinduism and Buddhism and other religions wrong?
7) Don't you get that the way ISIS is acting is the same way Christians behaved during the Crusades?
If anyone can have a discussion without being hateful, I would love to have one in the comments and see if I can get answers to my questions.
It seems to me that a God who allows so much misery, death, struggle, agonizing pain, disease and torture is not 'good.' I don't want any part of a God like that.
By the way, I was born and raised very strict Catholic and our family priest in Canada, his name is Father Charles Sylvestre, turned out to be the worst rapist in Canadian History. He raped many of my family members. Religion doesn't impress me.
Thanks for reading, and I want to state that I in no way mean to offend anyone at all with this hub. This is purely for my curiosity in the hope of sparking a reasonable and respectful debate!