Religion and mythology 5000 years in the future, who would it be like?
I think Abraham Lincoln would be thought of as a god (in fact in a lot of modern pop culture and urban culture is already giving him a god like status.) Nelson Medulla would probably be thought of as a god, Napoleon, might be thought of as a god of war. People like Mao Zedong and Starling, might fall into the reign of demons, in mythology. The cold war, might become the story of a great battle between heaven and hell and how the gods, finally sealed the demons away.
Interesting....like what will they think of
Mt. Rushmore? Or all these things marked Trump. That's a really interesting question, and the other day I was thinking of the movie planet of the apes...same kind of theme. It's all perception, isn't it?
Even more interesting, would they even know the real story that led to the mythology. Eg we didn't know the Torjan war really took place till 20 years ago
There is an interesting Cracked.com article on how different religions fare against the discovery of aliens. Buddhism and Hinduism win as faiths because they can assign divine acceptance to animals and intelligent animals, so it can handle aliens.
On that basis, both religions could handle speciation of the human race via genetic engineering, artificial intelligences as equals to humans, animals elevated to sentience via cybernetics or genetic engineering. There's even a cool scifi book out now on gestalt consciousness (collective group consciousness) being developed by Buddhist monks in the near future.
Hinduism is more likely to fail due to its insistence on the caste system, while Buddhism's broader acceptance of all types of intelligence and (likely) technology means it could remain in force in five thousand years.
The question isn't what will religion look like in the future it's what will future generations think of us, their ancestors?
We currently look back on people 5,000 years ago with a wide range of attitudes. We marvel at pyramids but we scoff at superstitions. I think in 5,000 years our ancestors will look back with the same attitudes.
They might look at the skyscrapers we built with our current technology and be amazed at our advances but look at our superstitions and prejudices and scoff.
I don't think real historical figures will be deified, I think we live in an age now where such disinformation would be dismissed by the great majority. However I do think we might destroy our civilization and leave only scattered survivors who must then rebuild over a few thousand years.
Those survivors, looking back, might find icons of who we truly worship. Oh sure there's plenty of depictions of Jesus and God (despite Bible commandments about graven images of things in Heaven or on Earth) but we also have pages and pages and reel after reel about our current "gods". Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man.
We have depictions of people like Oprah, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, etc. If the world ended tomorrow and some scattered survivors had to pick up the pieces and make sense of our world I assume that those would be our gods to them. They would see a cardboard cut out of Darth Vader and Kylo Ren and assume they were some demonic figures in some cult of the old world.
They'd see Luke Skywalker and draw him up as an Arthurian hero of legend, which is part of what he was based on of course.
So you're right that pop culture has godlike status, these are our icons. And my prediction is that religion will go the way comic books and pop culture are going. Some day Christians will gather at Christ Con 2316, they will know and understand that Christ was a just a man and the stories about him just myths but they will still cherish and celebrate those stories in the same way nerds today celebrate star wars and star trek.
The holy wars of the future will not be fought with bombings, beheadings and bloodshed but with flame wars and heated theology nerd debates. We are ALREADY seeing this change happening, although some religions are resisting and trying to drag us backward, others are open to a dialogue of ideas. This dialogue may not kill religion but it will forever change the way people think about religion.
How funny would it be, if stories such as star wars, fall into actual mythology.
I think it already does, in a sense. Lucas built his story around Campbell's Monomyth hero's journey and other classic storytelling elements that make Star Wars timeless.
Image we take a time machine to 5000 years later and saw a live play base on an ancient American legion and we right away, know that is star wars. Ha ha,
Christ is not the same as Luke Skywalker or characters from Star Trek.
Our modern epics like Star Wars and Star Trek are our modern myths, they part of how we make sense of and navigate our world as well as how we entertain ourselves and teach our children.
Also, I need to point out, many archeological evidence prove, Jesus, was originally a play, written over 2000 years ago. It was inspire by then politics and Egyptian mythology, but Jesus itself, was a play. So, Jesus is kind of like star wars
Jesus Christ will be back way before then, so don't worry about it.
"Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done" Mark 13:30 Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet who believed the end would take place in the lifetime of his followers. Jesus, proven wrong since 30 AD &count
????? Jesus proven wrong? He was raised from the dead! He foretold the destruction of the temple! He did not mean "that" very generation. He never said he was coming back immediately. He doesn't know! Only God knows! You will be proven wrong!
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