a double whammy

What Makes Up a Religon? People, rules and stories – usually in the form of holy scriptures, leaders, and fear which requires magical promises.

Unitarian Universalism is one of only two well-known religions which are nonstandard. The other religion is Buddhism which has about 700 million followers. UU and Buddhism are different from the others in that these two do not use fear of punishment to gain, keep and control followers.

Where did religion come from? It came from the ancient past and it is thought medicine men and witchdoctors were the high priests of early religious practices and used the seasons, the return of game, the return of rain, and sage advice, and so forth to maintain their importance to the tribe. Did they take advantage of the religious spark or impulse or the wonder which comes with being human?

I recently viewed a video debate between famous atheistic and Christian scholars and the following statistics were used and no objections to the statistics were raised by either side: “There have existed on earth about 36,000 different religious belief systems and there has been belief in about 1,000 different gods.”

Do the huge amounts of different and conflicting information brought forth by this huge number of religions and gods point to human beings as their creators? Yes? Can it be safely said that these hundreds of gods and thousands of religions appear to have been produced by human beings…and not a single all-powerful and all-knowing god who has many different rules for many different groups and has hundreds and hundreds of different personalities?

What are the odds the only true, all-powerful god would reveal itself only to a single group of tribes wandering around in a desert? (At least one in 36,000?) All of the evidence points to religion being a human creation.

What made religion become so powerful? First we had tribes then villages then towns then cities and then governments came into being which created laws to maintain order and apply punishment for breaking the laws, and then religion added its two cents worth – and it went like this: If you think you’ve gotten away with ignoring god and/or gotten away with breaking the laws of society, you won’t get away with it! God will punish you forever in the afterlife for your evil thoughts and deeds… So religion and the state supported each other and both became stronger than they would have been alone. And they are still at it.

This was a double whammy! A one—two punch to civilizations here on earth. To sum up, a huge amount of humans have been mostly laying on the canvass in the center of a boxing ring, knocked out for about the last 25 hundred years. It seems many religions have bloody trails behind them and the Abrahamic religions are possible leaders in the blood bath.

The big-time question is Can human kind be free of hell fire and brimstone religions and still be a decent group of folks?

an afterlife

Is going to church worth it just for the social interaction. On top of that isn’t there hope and faith and trust to help make an afterlife more real to the believer?

Is survival so part of our nature that the appeal of an afterlife is almost irresistible? Is this why an afterlife or a coming back to live another life here on earth is a part of all the major religions except Buddhism?

Buddhists accept that they are already living the only life they will ever know and they share this view with atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others who don’t claim any faith but are simply non-religious.

If beliefs are either true or not, what are the odds of any particular belief being true when it involves totally accepting something as fact that cannot be said to be factual? Are the odds at most 50%?

Do the odds actually depend on how magical the belief is? Is it that if I have believed something for most of my life, will it not seem preposterous even if it is?