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Imagine a religion-free World
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By: Andreas Paris Email Article
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Humans have always believed in everything with some supernatural power. Entities like the Sun, the Moon, a great mountain, a storm wind and things like that have always tickled human imagination. In order to be able to 'communicate' (ask for help) with such powerful 'beings', the human imagination began to personalize the supernatural. That was the start of Mythology and religion. Even humans with incredible power and abilities found their way into Mythology.

Actually we ought to be grateful that Mythology exists. It passes down to us events that could be the sole imagination of our forefathers but also events that could have some historical background. Thanks to Mythology we know more about our origins.

The main religions of today, like Christianity, Islam and Buddhism are events based on some historical/mythological roots of later date. We have no intention of offending the worshipers of any religion as we believe that neither the original Christians nor the original Moslems had any other choice. Both Christianity and Islam claim that it was 'God' who ordered the introduction of such beliefs along with commandments on how to live 'a proper life'. It was certainly not possible to reject a request from god. These two religions created by 'God' have evolved into great powers counteracting each other and dictating much of human development since then.

We are not intended to give an account of every hostile action between Christianity and Islam. Without criticize any supporter of these two religions, we can note that their supporters have been fighting each other just because of their religion, in the name of their god. A lot of blood has been spilled through crusades and jihads. Today we have two worlds, the Christian and the Islamic, sometimes cooperating with each other, but even facing each other as their greatest enemy, still a result of the two religions created by the same god.

Now imagine a different world. First, imagine a world without Islam which was created some six hundred years after Christianity. We can assume that the Islamic world of today would have been under Christian influence. The Moslems would probably be Christians and perhaps all the rest of the world. We could have been a united global community under the same 'God'. I assume that all humans would welcome such a community.

Then imagine a world without Christianity. The world would probably be under Islamic influence. The Christians of today would be Moslems believing their religion is the only 'true' one. Again, we could have a united world under the same 'God'.

Then why did 'God' create more than one religion? Obviously, a united world under one religion was not on God's agenda. If we believe that Christianity was created by 'God' by the 'name' Yahweh through his son Christ, then we ought to believe that Islam too was created by 'God', by the name Allah through his prophet Mohammed. But what was God's purpose? Looking at the results, I thing most people agree that 'God' did something wrong. Of course we can always justify his actions we do not understand by saying 'mysterious are the ways of God'. Are we supposed to be satisfied with that? Obviously many people are not. This is why they cannot accept the doctrines of Christianity.

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Andreas A Paris, economist and IT specialist, loves ancient history, Mythology and Science Fiction. He has read Sofokles, Euripides, Homer, Plato and other classic Greeks in ancient as well as in Modern Greek. He believes that many mythological events should move into History since they describe parts of the early human history. He is the author of 'The Gold Mission - So Far No Good'. Visit: http://www.andreasaparis.com

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mr./ms. andreas paris,
so you'd be enlightened and your questions/misconceptions be answered, got to the Jehovah's Witnesses or visit their website www.watchtower.org
good day!
February 24, 2008 10:37:04
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