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Religion - Where is it going, where has it been?

Updated on April 28, 2012
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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.

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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.

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Interesting Ideas

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.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      ibbarkingmad, I have been seeing a lot of opinion stating that the world might be better with no religion, but I too disagree. I know there have been wars and genocide as well as much bitterness all in the name of religion, but only at the hands of man. I don't believe these acts are a result of religion, but merely due to our poor interpretation of if it’s meaning. Thank you for reading and for the wonderful comment, have a blessed day.

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      Brian 5 years ago from Utah

      I enjoyed the topic you shared in this hub. You have obviously thought long and hard about this topic and it is a very important one to humanity. I wonder why you didn't include a both option in your poll though. I personally believe that God used evolution in the creation of animals and possibility even humans. I say possibly because there is evidence scripturially to indicate that humans may be the exception but there is scientific evidence to indicate that humans may not have been an exception.

      As for the lack of religion bring about Utopia as suggested by the first commenter, I have to disagree. The religion is not the cause of human woes. It is instead fear, hate, and the desire to have power over one another. Religion has been a victim of these human traits just as much as the people who have been enslaved or killed by them. The fact of the matter is that people will believe what they wish and religion has no blame. There is a desire in all of us to believe in something, even if that something is the lack of god(s) or in science. I think that religions are so diverse and yet have common veins is because there was a common origin which was modified through human error and the above listed characteristics.

      So there you are. Sorry for the rant. Thank you for the awesome hub!

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      phdast7, Thanks for reading and for taking the time to write such a helpful comment. I have worked on some of my earlier hubs, but haven't gotten to them all yet. I do appreciate you pointing out how much this one was in need of attention. Thanks again, and have a lovely day.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      dmop - Very good and balanced article. You presented your beliefs and understanding without putting other people down. Nicely done. And of course a spiritual relationship with God is not at all the same thing as an institutional church/religion crated by human beings.

      One small caveat...well a tiny complaint actually. On behalf of those of well into middle age who have trouble with long sections of text, I beg of you...have you thought about going into edit mode and taking your extremely long (but quite wonderful) paragraphs and dividing them into many shorter ones. White space on a page is the reader's rests your eyes. Thank you. SHARING

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      dmop 6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Thanks for the comment, I agree that religion seems to get in the way of true progress at times.

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      Pikachusif 6 years ago from Castelia City, Unova

      A fantastic work! I feel that if there were no religion at all, then we could unlock a utopia in which everyone could live in. A real utopia. Not the typical Americanized, false, simple 'vision' of utopia.

      -The Yellow Blur, Pikachusif