Early man looked at the heavens, seasons and nature and was awestruck by the majesty of what they saw. I am too.
They set about trying to explain these wonders with their limited minds and imagination and invented gods and religions – all religions and gods were created in line with their cultural origins and are laden with that cultural baggage (whether that be the worship of Diana, Allah, God, Odin, Inti, Amun-Ra or Rama …….).
They had no concept of evolution, planets, suns, or the extent of nature and the universe. They could not understand what created the seasons or weather changes.
Through basic psychology they created solutions and explanations in the form of creation myths, afterlives, paradises and all the rest.
Nature and the universe are amazing. Science has only scratched the surface. There is much to be understood and it is quite probable that with our limited minds we will never fully understand the creation of life or the universe. Why would we pretend such arrogance as to understand? We are little more than bacterial scum on the surface of a minor planet, stuck out on the spiral arm of a lesser galaxy amid trillions of such galaxies.
For me to explain the unknown with the invention of an even bigger unknown is just another fairy tale.
I see lots of wonder in nature, consciousness and the universe. I’ve spent my life in euphoric discovery and awe. Every tree, sunset, mountain and lake fills me with awe.
I do not see any intelligent hand at work. If there is it’s a perverse one. If the human body was designed the designer is either incompetent or vindictive. A child could do better.
We are not in the position of our ignorant forebears. We know a lot more. We know the sun is not a god and that the rituals do not make the sun rise or change the seasons. We know that weather is the result of meteorological phenomena – not rain dances.
The world and universe is full of wonder. I’ve no need to create a magical being to explain it.
I believe religion has had its day. Soon we will leave it behind. I believe it only exists because we brainwash our kids.
I do not have any issue with anyone who chooses to believe in whatever they like as long as they don’t foist it on others. I just do not believe any of it.