The Probable Beginning of Religion

Man is curious and wants to know how the world works. We do not like the idea that one day we will no longer exist. I can imagine how we sat around campfires on a dark night with wolves howling around us, listened to fascinating stories about how the sun is a powerful creature that for some reason must hide in the night and then come back in the morning and chase away the dark. We were told that death is inevitable, but it does not mean the end. We will get to meet the mother god and eat yummy bone marrow forever and it all felt a little bit better. The sun is coming back and one day we don’t have to worry about starvation.

Then we started to evolve, built houses and social structures and learned how to write down our stories. The best fairy tales spread and more people believed in them. They were about a lot of gods that were a bit like today’s superhero stories.

The superheroes lived on in many cultures, but in the Middle East a cult originated from ancient Babylonian, Sumerian, Mesopotamian and Assyrian tales, gathered in a book that dealt with the history and living rules of this tribe. This became the Abrahamic religions that today make up the majority of the world’s religious people, with slightly different variations. Why this particular tribe’s story became so widely spread is probably a coincidence, but if we look back on it there is clearly evident that it is a project aimed at keeping a tribe together against external enemies and keeping order and disipline in the society. It contained successful concepts such as defense against and revenge on enemies, how to treat slaves so that they work efficiently but did not die unnecessarily and cohesively, and above all the spread of faith.

Abrahamism is a meme that lives in the human brain in an evolutionary struggle for existence with other ideas. Since the enlightenment, it has lost ground as science can now explain much of what religion has tried to explain. We have social constructions and constitutions that no longer have to lean on a divine law. The need for a supernatural explanation is no longer as great.

This clarity in the historical environment makes me convinced that religion is a human invention, to explain what we do not understand, for comfort in the face of any and inevitable non-existence and as a control instrument for the external and internal enemies of our society.

Religion was once necessary for the development of the human race. But for the last 2000 years, it holds us back instead.

Yes, this text have been part of another article published here before, you find it here!