Why Did Man Invent Religion?
1. Death - He
became too aware of his mortality, and couldn't cope with
it, so he invented an "afterlife". The basic premise of
EVERY religion is an afterlife, or denial of death.
1,955 M - Christians -- Heaven
1,126 M - Moslems --- Paradise
793 M - Hindu -------
325 M - Buddhists --
13 M - Jews --------
Man simply does not want to let go.
He decided that he must worship something - a bull, an ox, a
man, the sun, something ... a God.
A Superior Being.
And then the
concepts began to diverge - Some worshipped a stone, some a
river, some ancestors, some statues, some artifacts, some
buildings, some edicts.
The Jews pick from their 3 or 4 divisions, the Protestants
from hundreds, the Catholics from 2 or 3, the Muslims from
their 2, etc.
Most choices are at least hundreds of years mature, so the
behavior and expectations are well established.
One simply picks and marches.
My Issues with
1. Ascribing petty negative human
an "Almighty" God -
- A Jealous God -
The FIRST 3 commandments
are the God commandments -
1. No other
Gods before me ...
2. ... no
3. ... name
- A Vengeful God -
willing to punish Severely
willing to punish Forever
- In a
Lake of Fire
This is my biggest issue - viewing God as having human
frailties and demands. This is not giving God much credit
for being superior - viewing him as needy and demanding,
jealous and vengeful. You want to worship THAT? Can't you be
more imaginative, and view God on a higher level?
Being beaten into submission, and threatened with damnation,
fire and brimstone does not appeal to me.
2. Christians are EXCLUDED
- Jews CHOSEN by God
will never like this - why should
who SPECIFICALLY were
chosen, worship the God of Israel?
Marrying the Old Testament of the Hebrews, to the New
Testament of the Greeks, never made any sense to me. The
Jews never recognized Jesus as a Messiah, and consider him a
fake. Christians read "Lord" in the Old Testament as
"Jesus", which was never the case, since he was born
hundreds of years after the Old Testament was
3. The GREATEST Sin = Unbelief
- Authority MUST
- Yes, well, you had
better believe it!
- Crusades - Convert, or
- Kill the Infidels -
Comply or die!
4. The Bible must be taken
- Errors of Rigid
- Obvious issues with
centuries, eons, lifespans, etc.
Iterations, Can't quite get
it right -
- "God's word" was
written by men
- Dozens of
- Many Ecumenical
MEN VOTED on
what was to be
6. Believing by faith, ignoring
- Knowing that something
cannot be true,
insisting that it must be believed.
7. Seeking Credibility thru
"If these things happened,
then it all
MUST be true."
- Creation story, from
dust, and a rib
- 30,000 feet deep
- Virgin birth
- Water into Wine
- Bread and Fishes
- Rising from the
They don't call it "leap" of faith, for nothing.
8. The failure of prayer is ALWAYS
on lack of faith -
it is NEVER the fault of
How convenient. YOUR fault,
You have failed. Again.
"For man has fallen short ...
The word please is never used in prayer
one would think,
the Almighty, that
must never beg,
must only ask, with dignity.
Surely, begging would imply more sincerity.