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Origins of similar religions

  1. janesix profile image59
    janesixposted 3 years ago

    Many religious scholars have wondered about the striking similarities in religion throughout history, and across the world.

    Some of this can be accounted for due to simple copying, or blending of religions between cultures. I believe this is true, and obvious in some cases. I'm not debating that at all.

    But copying can't account for all the cases. Theories have been suggested that there was an "original" culture that the religious ideas came from. The current proponents of this idea shy away from calling this "Atlantis" but the idea is the same in nature if not in name. That there must have been an original advanced culture that was wiped out and dispersed across the globe, spreading their ideas.

    I think this is a reasonable idea, it would explain things quite well. But there is simply no real evidence for it, and the theory has other fatal flaws.

    I think it's safe to rule out Ancient Aliens, which has gained a lot of followers, but is in my mind just a cop out.

    So what is left?

    1. EncephaloiDead profile image61
      EncephaloiDeadposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Shamans from when people lived in caves are probably the earliest known form of religion, then came the sun worshipers.

      1. janesix profile image59
        janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        The issue here is why religions all over the world and throughout time are so similar. Any ideas?

        1. EncephaloiDead profile image61
          EncephaloiDeadposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          The aren't, for the most part, they are all entirely different. Similarities abound between ones that appear to be copied from another, like Christianity being copied from earlier religions.

          1. janesix profile image59
            janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            That's not true. Try reading some of the experts on the subject of comparative religion before you make that claim.

            That's why the debate exists. Because copying and integration can't resolve certain issues. Copying is obvious in many cases, but can't explain many others.

            1. Castlepaloma profile image30
              Castlepalomaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Hindiism was the first Religion, Toaism makes most sense to me where the aim is To be one with nature.

              One theory is :The smartest man in the cave theory" he confronted the groups fears of being kiiled by animals, earthquacks, storms, vocanos and so on. He gazed upon the stars and explained how all things are connnected and made up reason's for everything too.  (Not a bad idea)

              Then the smartest man in the cave claimed he has ultimate sub God or Co creator.  The people fell for it. they felt comfortable, it fit their over ego desires to know the 99% unknown world and universe that stand today.Then......the Military and Religion were born then follow by polli-tricks

              1. janesix profile image59
                janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                " He gazed upon the stars and explained how all things are connnected and made up reason's for everything too.  (Not a bad idea)"

                Have you ever read Hamlet's Mill? There's an interesting theory that religions were originally based on the stars and their movements.

            2. EncephaloiDead profile image61
              EncephaloiDeadposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              That would be the pot calling the kettle black. You rarely if ever prepare yourself for these forums.

              1. janesix profile image59
                janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Of course. If you say so.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image30
                  Castlepalomaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  janesix

                  Lol, Don't you come prepared for the 99% unknown World and Universe.

                  Don't you know it's an over ego world, I'll forgive you this time, but next, know everything..

                  1. janesix profile image59
                    janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    smile

                    I am working hard on my omniscience:)

        2. BuddiNsense profile image60
          BuddiNsenseposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Because humans everywhere are similar.

  2. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago

    Because all religions are based on one simple truth:
    Going Out vs Going In.  Going Outward toward the World / (delusion), vs Going Within toward Reality / (spirit.)

    Going outward = being pulled by temptations, restlessness, greed, selfishness, arrogance and lack of self control. (etc.)
                                            vs
    Going within = love, empathy, patience, humility, self control and self mastery (etc.)

    TWISI

    1. janesix profile image59
      janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Do you think a religion is formed from an inner guidance? From something that's a universal truth?

      Maybe an inner truth that is formed inside, but is filtered through our prejudices and perceptions?

      I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, this is something I think is probably true. I am wondering if you think this way too.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I would explain it like this:
        Inner truth is found / located inside... not formed. Jesus explained: If your eye (of intuition) be single, (third eye,) your body will be perceived as energy / spirit.  The Reality of Spirit is heaven: (joy / bliss) which we seek. It is found within by perceiving it directly. Jesus also explained that we can become one with Reality in the twinkling of an eye when we desire it with body, heart, mind, and spirit / soul: In other words, one hundred percent willing to melt back into the Spirit of God. Who wants to leave the physical form? Few.
        Jesus willingly embraced the reality of Spirit/God. He said : The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. Religions help people embark upon the ship of inner realms where heaven is perceived. Unfortunately, religious teachings, originally based on truth, are indeed filtered through prejudices and false perceptions.
        TWISI

        1. janesix profile image59
          janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Are you talking along the lines of opening our chakras? Particularly, the chakra located in our forehead(or as some would say, the third eye, sometimes the pineal gland) In order to open up our intuition more?

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
            Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I agree:  By activating the chakra located in our forehead, intuition can be awakened. I know how this is done: Meditation, which is focusing on the Inner Life / Love of God/Reality, through the pineal gland/ third eye/ seat of the soul, with the power of body, mind, heart and soul/spirit.

            1. janesix profile image59
              janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              I've had quite a bit of personal experience with this.

              Not all of it pleasant. I think I have a lot to work through.

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
                Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Like what? 


                You need a guru, like Jesus.

                1. janesix profile image59
                  janesixposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  I really do need a guru:)

                  It started with meditation. I'd never done any type of meditation, but I developed cataracts and was almost completely blind, so I was at the point where I was willing to try anything to get my sight back. I was broke and couldn't afford the surgery. So I tried using meditation and visual imagry to heal myself.

                  Within a few days of starting meditation, I started being able to see auras, energy within and between living and nonliving things, see my chakra points. It took over my life. It was all really awesome for about a month.

                  Then I had a full-blown kundalini experience.

                  From that point until now, It's been like a roller coaster ride(about three and a half years now).

                  Before I started meditating, I had been rather "normal". A regular American, capitalistic, watched TV, socialized. All the things and cares of the normal world. Now I am a completely different person. I see the world completely differently. It's like someone took a stick and stirred up my soul. Gave me the means to start to see the world and reality for what it is.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    I recommend Autobiography of a Yogi. Have you heard of SRF?

  3. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago

    "1. Root Chakra - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
    Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
    Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

    2. Sacral Chakra - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
    Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
    Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

    3. Solar Plexus Chakra - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
    Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
    Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

    4. Heart Chakra - Our ability to love.
    Location: Center of chest just above heart.
    Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.

    5. Throat Chakra - Our ability to communicate.
    Location: Throat.
    Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

    6. Third Eye Chakra - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
    Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
    Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

    7. Crown Chakra - The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
    Location: The very top of the head.
    Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss."
    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-91/The-7 … nners.html

    1. Castlepaloma profile image30
      Castlepalomaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Kathryn L Hill
      What is your make of the UK Olympic one eye mascot
      Is he missing one or two more eyes, or he an all seeing eye.
      At first gazz, thought  it was a walking penis or  sperm

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Head shape: Represents the three medals won in each olympic event.
        Friendship bands on wrists: shows the five colors of the olympic rings
        Taxi light on top: inspired by the london taxis.
        Camera eye: Lets "Wenlock" record everything.
        Three points on his head: represent the three places on the podium.
        The pattern on his body: symbolises the whole world coming to London.
        The shape of his helmet: represents the shape of the Olympic Stadium.  Wenlock and Mandeville were the official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London, United Kingdom.

        The Russian mascot, a polar bear, is really cute, but he is getting many negative comments.  sad
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mYTlBoUsug

        1. Castlepaloma profile image30
          Castlepalomaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Off topic fun anyways

          Went to 6 sites to see which of all Olympic mascots in history was the  weirdest and creepiest of all time.  Out All of the most nonsensical mascots from the Olympics that generally terrify children and aldults. The one that takes the cake is the 2012 Olympic Games in London of the super weird one eye monster makes everyone vaguely horrifying and uncomfortable. Looks like Lisa Simpson doing a JB

 
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