Most of The Religious Beliefs Were Originated From Mythology and Astronomy
I happened to read the article, "Merry X-MAS: He Whose Name We Dare Not Speak!" and found it very amusing that the text was stated with such confidence. That is indeed great. However, the problem that I find with most Christians is that they have not done their homework. I find that sad because it allows them to feed a belief that was created under a false guise.
Let me explain:
1) Taking Christ out of Christmas: - This is a topic that many Christians a fighting against because they believe that they are getting short-changed not being able to openly celebrate the birth of Christ. I can see that, but the origin of Christmas was taken directly from the celebrations by the pagans who worshipped the sun god Ra. So Christ was never in Christmas in the first place.
2) Every winter around December 25, the three stars on Orion's belt called the three kings, align themselves with the North Star Sirius. If you project a line from the three kings through Sirius, they line intersects the earth in the east where the God Sun rises every morning.
3) The qualities that the bible states for Christ were all attribute to the earlier mythological gods, Mithras, Dionysus, Krishna, Buddha, to name a few.
4) The Nicene Council was put together by Constantine who forced the religious leaders to come up with a unanimous teaching, hence the Nicene Creed etc. One of the by product of that session was the compilation of the books that form the bible today. Not ALL the scripture was included. Many have not asked why, i.e. the Gospel of Thomas and the gospel of Mary.
5) There is no evidence to support the efficacy of prayer to the god of the Christians when taken across the population at large, i.e. healing, getting job interviews, finding a soul mate and all the things that one may pray for, are not strictly confined to just the Christians. That means that either:
a. The other gods can also deliver the answer to prayer
b. There is only one universal god, no matter what you call him/her/it
c. There is no god sitting up there looking out for just the Christians
6) Also further to point 5 above, Christians have had 200 years to pray to get this world straight and it is still as screwed up as it was then!!
7) In a book called "Life after Death" by Raymond Moody, he interviewed people, from all walks of life and religious backgrounds, who had near death experiences or people who directly knew of other who had. They all explained the same phenomenon about their experiences. Each one of different religious background was met by who they believed in. Those that had no beliefs were met by passed on relatives.
8) There are many inconsistencies in the bible where humans tried to make sense of many aspects of life but failed miserably. If God had written it, it would have been perfect according to the way he is portrayed. For instance, Christ mentioned that he will return within the lifetime of the disciples and he has still not come (that is if you discount the many who claim to be the second coming of Christ!) but then again I thought, even if he were to come, many Christians would reject him.
9) Many of the wars in existence today stemmed from religious brethren unable to come to some amicable agreement. I thought Christianity preached peace!
In summary, most of the religious beliefs were originated from mythology and astronomy.
I could go on an on but will spare you the agony. At the end of the day, it is all about belief and I appreciate that man has the freedom to what belief they choose as long as they don't subject others to that belief.
Anyway just thought I'd put a comment as you invited me to.
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