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Discussion 4 to Meditation 21
Spirituality exists because we created it.

by Christopher R. Lazaroo

re: Meditation 21

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Hypothesis #4 - Spirituality exists because we created it.

Religion has been around as long as human life existed. The early people lived, ate, and died. As in virtually every culture, there was some mysterious interest about the dead. In farming societies, people began burying the dead with the belief that they might rise again, much like the seed that they plant and harvest. This suspicion was only bolstered by dreams of deceased relatives and friends, which they believed to be the spirits of the dead.

Also, the worship of celestial bodies, such as the Sun, Moon, and Earth began. The early people, with no advanced sciences to explain such things as the lunar cycles, the seasons and natural disasters, turned to religion for their answers. Gods and Goddesses were praised for a bountiful harvest and were feared for the droughts, plagues, pestilence, and diseases which the people thought were an expression of ethereal displeasure.

There were thousands of ancient religions, many similar to others, yet completely different from others still. The numbers of Gods and Goddesses differed from religion to religion, their “purposes” varied, and even the sex of the super-being(s) was not constant. However, many of the old religions died out, as new scientific or even pseudo-scientific logic-based explanations of the world and it’s wonders began to emerge. Eventually, religion became “obsolete” in this manner, and switched it’s focus from the material to something science could not prove, the immaterial.

And what of the spread of Christianity? This is due to, for the most part, the stubbornness of the Jews [This is not meant as a negative remark; historically, the Jews were one of the few people subjugated by the Romans who absolutely refused to give up their old beliefs and publically share the same theological beliefs as the Emperor, even if it was only a farce!], the belligerence of the Romans, Imperialism of the Western Nations and the overall appeal of a religion that gives people a “warm and fuzzy” feeling. Because of the Jews’ refusal to give up their God, even if threatened with death, the practice of their religion was condoned within the Roman Empire. Then came a prophet, Joshua [More commonly known as Jesus.], whose preaching conflicted with about ½ the Old Testament. His story and his teachings, which were much more forgiving than that of the angry God of the Old Testament who flooded the world at a whim, became the New Testament. All it took then was one Emperor to have a hallucination, and a victory won, to allow Christianity to spread across the empire like a raging wildfire. Western Imperialism brought it to the New World, where the New Testament was found to everyone’s liking, under pain of death. [Or maybe just a lifetime of enslavement in a Spanish Mission.]