Religion - Where is it going, where has it been?
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A bit of history
Please; if you do nothing else, remember one thing, my statements are of my own personal beliefs. They do not necessarily follow any single religion, but rather a correlation of multiple religions, with Christianity as the center piece and over all authority. Again I will say that I believe the Holy Bible is the most significant literary work of all time, but perhaps not the only. I believe that messengers of GOD have been appearing to man in dreams, or visions, or during periods of meditation, since the beginning of mankind's existence.
Religion can be traced back at least as far as 300,000 years ago, and is believed to have been a part of mankind's behavior much earlier than that. For arguments sake we'll say religion began in the Middle Paleolithic, the period of time ranging from about 300,000 to 30,000 years ago. I say this because of the overwhelming evidence that Homo Neanderthalensis did thrive in Europe during this time, and did practice a form of religion regularly and widely throughout the continent. Whether you believe that these creatures are at all related to us is your own personal belief, but it is difficult to deny the fact that their remains and the remains of many of their tools and evidences of how they lived are present. They are a part of the history of the earth, and I believe they were being directed by a higher power, to have religion, and to evolve as a species.
I suppose it is possible that they developed religion on their own, but in my mind it is unlikely. Imagine if you can, a very simple minded creature deciding to give thanks to a higher power on his own. I mean to say, they were simple in nature, their tools were very crude, and it is believed that they had no written language. Yet, at some point they decided to begin offering praise to something larger than themselves.
I believe they had help; they too experienced visions; as did Moses, and Divinci, and countless others throughout history. Those visions or dreams or whatever you call them; have certainly shaped the views and ideas of most of the religious beliefs throughout the world today. I think the differences that divide all of these beliefs; stem from the barrier of perception, and are probably magnified by the arrogance and greed of mankind. I do not take these statements lightly, but have closely observed that all religious beliefs have been translated through the minds of the countless visionaries throughout history, or they were purely devised with in their minds.
I don't mean to imply that it is possible for all religious beliefs to have been invented by mankind, only that some of them may have been. Furthermore, each individual is different, and has learned different cultural beliefs, therefore the perception of their visions will be affected. I believe that these messages were meant to be connected together at various points throughout history, and have perhaps been designed to grow with mankind as we develop different societies and ideas about the world around us. If you think about it, the less developed the people of a given time are; the less developed their cultural, and religious, and scientific development will be.
I recently read a book "THE VOICE OF VENUS" written by the late Ernest L. Norman, the founder of UNARIUS. To say the least, I'd have to say that the man was very eccentric. I have also read many other books pertaining to the questions of why we are here, and how did we get here. There are so many I will only list a few of the authors. For example Stuart Wilde, Whitley Strieber, and John G. Fuller who chronicled the Betty and Barney Hill Case.
Keep in mind that I do not necessarily endorse any of these works, and I will not be using any direct quotes from any of them either. However, if you are an open minded person who is searching for answers they may give somewhat of an interesting perspective. I strongly recommend that you don't take everything that you may read for face value. I say this for many reasons, the main one being that comprehension of events is always affected by the perception of the person or persons perceiving those events. Keeping that in mind, I also recommend that you pick up a King James Holy Bible, providing that you don't already have a few of them around the house.
I'm not a BIBLE basher, and I definitely don't intend to try to push anything onto anyone, but after 25 years of in-depth study of history, and different religious beliefs, I have come to believe that the Holy Bible is the most significant piece of literature on the face of the Earth. I don't believe that it is the only significant piece of literature by any means, but vital to anyone who is truly searching for spiritual truth, and guidance. Again, I caution you to remember that perception is altered by each individual’s personal beliefs and ideas, the writer and the reader.