On the origins of religions
Humans are the dominant species on this planet because we collaborate flexibly in large numbers. Flexible large-scale collaboration requires imagination and shared beliefs like religions to make strangers work together on common goals. That is why societies with religions won out.
Building a nation with religion
The Jews have built their nation around their religion. It was a deliberate plan of a few Jewish leaders around 450 BC. The Jewish nation had been destroyed. The Jewish people were dispersed and mixing with the surrounding populations. Jewish leaders built a nation around their deity Yahweh to keep their people together. This has proven to be a successful survival strategy.
The identity of God
A few spectacular turns in history made the God of Abraham the dominant deity on the planet. This universe might be a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation for the purpose of entertaining someone we call God. God might use avatars and appear as an ordinary human to us. Initially Christianity might have been about the marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus representing the Kingdom of God.
Who was Mary Magdalene?
Who was the Bride of Christ? And why did Jesus appear to have a loving an intimate relationship with God? There might be an answer to these questions. Mary Magdalene could have been an avatar of God. Jesus may have thought that she was a reincarnation of Eve and that he was a reincarnation of Adam. Jesus hay have believed that Eve was not made out of the rib of Adam but that Adam was born as a son of Eve so that Adam and therefore Jesus were a son of God.
Mother Goddess Eve
Eve is called Mother of all the Living. The creation of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2 is at odds with Genesis 1. It is also peculiar that the woman was made from a rib of the man. Adam calling Eve mother of all the living before they had any children also suggests tampering. And it is hard to believe that Eve and Adam were the only people as their children married. There is a possible explanation. Eve may have been a Mother Goddess before the creation story was redacted.
Born of God
Christians are born of God, at least that is what the Gospel Of John tell us. But men cannot give birth. And so, the gender of God may have been altered by the early leaders of the church. But why? The teachings of Jesus may have been problematic. Paul of Tarsus then came up with a solution that defines Christianity as it is today.
Sarah, mother of the Jews
According to the Hebrew Bible, Judaism started with Sarah and Abraham. God wanted Sarah to become the Mother of the Jews. She became pregnant at the age of 90. Jewish tradition holds that Jewishness is inherited via the matriarchal family line. And so Jews are children of Sarah. And in family matters, the will of God coincided with the wishes of Sarah.
Khadijah, mother of the believers
At the age of twenty-five, Muhammad married his employer, the forty-year-old widow Khadijah. Her moral support made Muhammad believe in his mission and her financial support for the early Muslim community was indispensable for the survival of Islam. Apart from being a wife she also was like a mother to Muhammad. Khadijah may have been an avatar of God.
The religion Paul invented
Not only did Paul open up Christianity for gentiles, but he also shaped the theology of the church. At first, there were several contending versions of Christianity, but the version of Paul won out. It is the perspective of Paul that stands between Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.
History is Her story, part 1
If God is a woman and history is a script then history is Her story and the pun could be intended and God could use avatars to play a role in Her story. Several important women in history may have been avatars of God. But who were they? Thanks to a unique investigative method called clue based guessing Clouseau style the identity of some of those avatars might have been uncovered.
History is Her story, part 2
If God is a woman and history is a script then history is Her story and God could use avatars to play a role in Her story. Several important women in history may have been avatars of God. But who were they?
When Jesus returns
After 2,000 years a lot of people still expect Jesus to return. But what do they expect to happen when he does? Will Jesus make things right? Will there be a showdown between the forces of good and evil? And will evil people burn in hell forever and will there be no mercy? And how may this work out in practice?
God is love
Christians believe that God is love. Only, there may be something about this love that the church fathers found to be so troubling that they didn’t want us to know about it. If you know what it is, Christianity suddenly makes a lot more sense, and you may be able to guess what the future religion will look like.
From Jesus to Christianity
Understanding Jesus of Nazareth and Christianity requires understanding the time and place in which Jesus lived and Christianity emerged. But that may not be enough. If this universe is created by an advanced humanoid civilisation for entertainment then leaving God out of the picture would be a serious flaw.
The end is near
If the end ever comes then it may be close. The exponential growth of human impact on the planet is about to end. Technological developments may soon transform humans into beings with enhanced capabilities and a lengthy lifespan. It is possible to give everyone a comfortable life. And finally, we may discover that we live inside a virtual reality.
Perhaps we live inside a virtual reality running a script. Perhaps everything is predetermined and we do not really have a free will. That may raise some questions about fate and good versus evil.