The Question of God
Since the beginning of man there was some effort to explain the origin and purpose of man in trying to find his relationship in this complex world and beyond. When man could not apprehend or reason things that were not answered by logic and reason he devised a supernatural strategy; thus religion took form. Each group or community came up with their concept of God and the creation origin of man. A good question here is which creation story is the true story? Every culture has its own version of a creation story some of those cultures precede all present popular versions. No has absolute proof of what is the truth as to what or how man made his appearance in the planet. Science is not an absolute truth about origins in any life form and religion does not have absolute proof as well.Speculation; intelligent or otherwise is still speculation, but other terms are used to disguise the act of speculation words such as theories, conjecture,hypothesis. There are a volume of beliefs given by thousands of theorists that offer their specific version of how man originated and/or his purpose, there is no universal consensus. If we are to use linear time to establish the first or early belief systems, you could ask the question; whom did prehistoric man worship? How did they worship? Was there a unified belief in a deity and if so what form or name was used? We need to realize that all forms of worship are culturally based and influenced by the physical environment people find themselves living in. Simply said; the analogy, metaphor, symbol or emblem used to convey the attributes and/or the identity a deity and its mode of worship would use the elements found within their physical environment. A community of desert dwellers would have a different process and elements than that of a community of Arctic dwellers. All groups strived to develop a system of belief that would bring about civil order, law, group identity, spiritual distinction, relational affiliation with Deity(s) the debate rages in regards to the development of a system of beliefs. Was it
supernaturally given or was it a product of a man created process to bring unity and a common purpose. Since there is no single source from oral or written history to tell us what is the original and true source; that leaves us with a myriad of theories or explanations. Man is unique in his propensity to worship in one form or another, no other creature on earth displays that need or desire. Man in his intent to exercise power, dominance, and influence in his environment will use his cultural traditions, mores, and beliefs in order to distinguish himself from other groups. The groups then sought to preserve their belief system in a written, oral, or visual format. These records were
regarded as holy records of Gods dialogue with man via spirit entities, prophets, religious leaders most commonly in book and art forms. Usually claiming or cultivating a selective status with divine entity(s) and embracing some manner of elite relationship.
Within that context there is a constant introduction of new or revised belief systems in all cultures and/or societies causing ever widening competitive and separation of systems of belief and their
related worship modes and in the process an identity label was attached to the adherents of their specific group. All groups are socially driven and the dynamics of that are also in constant change due to the social and political interactions of the individuals within the group. Largely influenced by the claims of its leaders to have been selected to represent, give, instruct in some manner
divine revelation, enlightenment, or principles.
Religious texts are not literal historical sources. They reflect the ideas, the ideologies of their writer(s) and historical context in which they were written. The religious text can be viewed also as a viewpoint about the concepts of origin within the cultural context. All religious texts are written by man against the background of his immediate environment and therefore are a subjective process flawed by the limitation and biases of the writers of the holy texts. One hasto consider;
God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist, or any known religious system. All of those are human conceived inventions; which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. The purpose of all holy texts is to point man to an understanding God and the relationship to the entire creation realm.
Holy texts are not to be interpreted as fully literal but are to be understood metaphorical and/or allegorical in their intent and interpretations, they contain elements of history, legends , myths, traditions, philosophies recorded by men whom are writing from their point of view and prone to control the narrative to further their personal or groups agenda. It is historically y demonstrated that religions have become power systems that have been used to create and engage in conflict of the worst kind against divergent belief systems. And by virtue of the power they create amongst it adherents invariably leads to corruption to some degree. Power struggles always lead to conflict it chooses exclusivity as its foundation of truth.
Consider these thoughts with a mind of contemplation,potentiality,illuminatiom.