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Monday, June 11, 2007

Why Is Man Religious

If one were to remove God from all of creation (as some have chosen to do already), how is the idea of man being religious accounted for?

If man only lives in the natural and there is no supernatural whatsoever, by what means would the idea of God or gods, worship, religion, etc. even spring forth from an idea in man’s mind?

How do we account for man having a desire to worship a being (I call God) higher than ourselves?

How has such an (so called) invisible, irrational, supernatural thing taken mankind so strongly as to surpass race, tongue, location, and intelligence?

How is it so strong within mankind that its grips cannot even be totally dismissed by or removed from those which have decided to not believe in a God at all?

Why and how did man ever circum to such an idea as religion without the Creator actually placing it there Himself?


BEAST said...

There is actually a evolutionary link to this kind of "religious" behaviour.

I once wrote about this in my old blog: Animals, particularly those that live in groups/herds, have the tendency to install an alpha male or female to lead them.

In human terms, our tendency to worship a deity, or a plethora of deities, is actually a evolutionary throwback or dependence on a superior alpha male.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

How do we compare an alpha male to the worship of a supernatural being?

From what I have seen regarding alpha males it involves fighting and the winner is deemed the alpha male, but I see no worship in it.

It would be like the bully at school. You might respect or fear them, but you don't worship them.

How would this account for supernatural beings and such outside of the natural realm that man should know nothing about?

BEAST said...

Isn't God just that......a perennial bully of the cosmos?

Dumping deluges of water to keep off almost everything, sending christian tribes to murder heathen tribes and rape their virgin women, etc, etc......

Didn't you christians always insist on "instilling the fear of the Lord", as I was taught to do by my aunt's Baptist Church???

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

You keep returning to Christianity.

In a world without God, I fail to see where natural man would even fathom a supernatural being(s) or even consider the worship or anything, especially of the unseen or supernatural.

The fighting to claim the title alpha male, or the fear or submission to a leader is not the same as worship of a superior being or even the idea that they have in fact created us.

BEAST said...

I infer to Christianity because the Christian God is the one you are most familiar with.

Even without deities, Man will still cook up some supernatural being to replace phenomena which he does not comprehend.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Even without deities, Man will still cook up some supernatural being to replace phenomena which he does not comprehend.

What are you basising this on? How would natural man developing over time through macroevolution without any spiritual or supernatural influence whatsoever ever create a fake being that is his creator, to worship and serve by religion, when man himself most often sets himself up as the highest of all?

I.E. Alpha male mentality.

BEAST said...

The need for a deity is a throw back to our need for an alpha male.

All the so-called "religious acts", such as prayers and worships, are no more different from apes paying obeisance to their alpha males or females in their respective tribes. In the absence of this alpha personality, we invent a deity to justify this void.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

That is just personal opinion.

You are right on one thing. We do have a void to worship one higher than ourselves and it was put there by the Creator God Himself.

Sean said...

Beast, can you send me the scientifically documented evolutionary link for "religious" behavior?

BEAST said...

This "void" I allude to has nothing to do with a need for God, it is a need for an explanation with phenomena which we know nothing about.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.