It seems like a very simple question, but why does religion exist in the first place? Do we even know when or where it originated? Did Neanderthals believe in an afterlife, or the Sumerians?
We know that the ancient Egyptians believed in eternal life for the Pharaohs, and they believed in many gods at some points in their history. The Viking people believed in a Valhalla if you were deemed worthy enough, and believed in many other gods as well.
We all know the story of christianity and islam, and what they believe in, but why do people choose to believe in the first place? Is it too belong to a group? For emotional wellbeing?(geez)
For power, like the Catholic Church, and wealth? A lot of people have gotten fucking rich while they were telling other people how they’re supposed to live their lives.
In my opinion, it started as a way to cope with the fact that everyone is going to die. The fear of death can be more than overwhelming for a lot of people, in the past and now in the present. But we human beings are so fucking special that there’s another life waiting for us, death can’t be the end. There has to be something more, right?
The whole idea of living your life being preached at by someone who is as fucked up as we all are and living our lives in the hope of being one of the lucky ones, god’s chosen people, is a joke. That’s really fucked up.
We get to spend eternity with the prick who dictated to us from a collection of fairy tales in a book that was written during the Bronze Age. Take your pick, is it the Bible and christianity that’s the “right” religion, or is it islam and the Quran?
They’re both following a book that includes murder, incest, rape, child sacrifice(just kidding), genocide, slavery, and mass murder. Great examples, right?
I’ve chosen to live my one and only life the best way I’m able with the time that I have left. Those 64+ years went by really fast, and we’re all getting older, especially our grandkids. They’re 15, 11, 7, and 4 now. Our oldest is driving already and has gone through half of her high school requirements in her first year, fucking unbelievable.
I’m not afraid of death, I’ll welcome it when it comes, it means no more fucking pain and numbness. Just plant my ass 6 feet under. No god/gods to disturb my eternal rest.