History and its impact on religion (specifically, organized religion).
WARNING: This is a sensitive topic that causes a lot of sensitive people to have sensitive feelings. Please keep your posts about your own beliefs and try not to freak out if someone doesn’t pray to Jesus the same way you do.
There are many established facts like how many Christian holidays are former pagan holidays (Christmas being an important one). This is because religions are founded upon the society and culture they blossom in, and borrow currently popular ideas/rituals from other beliefs (Kwanzaa is a very modern example of such samplings).
A lot of people erroneously believe that the last 5,000 years of our history is all there was, and before that, it was cavemen all the way back.
It is now common knowledge that there have been advanced people (i.e. Gobekli Tepe) long before any modern religion, including Judaism and Hinduism. 7,000 years before the Bible, people still had religious/spiritual beliefs and monotheism is not precluded.
We like to pretend we have all the answers in a nice, neat little box, yet there are none here who have them past their own hearsay. Interestingly enough, if you listen to enough religious lectures, the same patterns of thought begin to emerge, and the Golden Rule comes glaring through them all.
What are your thoughts on the afterlife, your relationship(s) with the divine, and how do you think history has shaped the rituals we perform in current routines called worship? Has society had an impact on the literal visions you have when you think of the divine?