Why do we believe in God?

 

The lost gospels that were found in Egypt tell us a different side of the Christian religion, and had they been included in the current bible, Christianity would be very different today or maybe it wouldn't haven't lasted so long. The early leaders, condemned the other gospels as heretic and for over a thousand years they have been unheard of. However, the truth is that these lost gospels have been found and are preserved in Egypt where they were found.

Nag Hammadi, Egypt, 300 miles south of Cairo. A library of 50 individual works of Christianity were found. These are the lost gospels of Christianity, the ones that did not make it to the bible. But the story of Jesus in these are very much different. A Jesus who didn't die, who sought vengeance against his enemies, and who shared a strong bond with Mary Magdalen.

The gospel of Thomas was discovered in it's entirety. Written in Egyptian language, it's writing style is different in that it speaks of direct quotes from Jesus. It's not the story of Jesus, about his miracle birth, death and resurrection , but instead speaks of the wisdom that Jesus thought. The gospel of Thomas is a collection of Jesus' quotes;  some of the quotes match what other gospels say, but there are some new ones that reveal Jesus in a new light.

The most shocking is the following conversation between Jesus and Peter

"Peter says: Let Mary [magdalene] go away from us because women are not worthy of life. Jesus says  Behold I will lead her so that she might become male so that she might become also a living spirit like you males because any woman who makes herself male will go into the kingdom in the heavens" Thomas verse 114

It's not to mean a literal transformation of gender. In those days men were considered to be superior because they were made from the image of God. Here Jesus says that Mary will also become as perfect as they are and any person who becomes a more perfect human being will be able to reach the kingdom of heaven.

The gospel of Thomas was written to be read (it wasn't hidden from the public) and was written on the highest quality of paper (papyrus) at the time. It was also meant for the reader to think, this gospel is very cryptic and filled with riddles.

Why was this Gospel deemed heretic by the orthodox Christians? Who is to say which gospel had it right? They were all written around the same time, and these new gospels have been tested and found to be written within a century after Jesus death, some speculate that this and other gospels were written earlier than the ones found in the New Testament.

It just goes to show you that the bible was constructed by men. The Gospels were picked out from a stack of many, and the outcome shaped the history of Christianity forever.


 
 

Sin: any act regarded as such a transgression; a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.

To put it simply, a sin is when you break a religious law. That is something important to point out: a law. Because that's what religion is at is very core, just a set of laws to follow, and it instructs followers to not break its religious laws. In return, the followers are promised an eternal life with God after death. I mean they are 100% sure of it. Which is just so weird to me. How can you be sure what happens after death, when its not something anyone can truly explain from first hand experience? Lets face it its not a proven hypothesis. But even I can't say that there isn't a heaven or hell, because there is no proof to prove or disprove their existance. 

But you got to be saved! Saved from what? Salvation, salvation, salvation! What do we need to be saved from exactly? The fact that our ancestor (Eve) ate a piece of fruit she wasn't supposed to? I didn't find anywhere in the story of Adam and Eve (Genesis), where it talks about original sin. Does anyone know where the concept of original sin is located in the Bible?

This is what Christianity/Catholicism preaches, that we are all born with original sin and therefore we must be baptized in order for our souls to be saved. So the fact that I was born, means I have original sin? Original sin is an oxymoron in itself. The very definition of sin is when you break a religious law. How can a baby break a religious law just by existing? The answer to that, is that is inherited by Eve. Wow, so god is punishing the souls of unborn babies just because Eve ate a fruit. Its so funny to me that religious people try to defend the things about religion that are just so unrealistic. Oh, God knows what he is doing, he is omnipotent, his ways are higher than ours, blah, blah...


 
 

Every religion always uses a set of code/morals to persuade people into believing that their religion brings good to the world. The following Commandmends were writen in the Book of Dead (2000 BC), if you read closely you will notice that they sound very familiar to the Judeo-Christian's version in the Bible.  Just replace "I have not" to "Thou shalt not"

I have not committed sin.
I have not robbed.
I have not killed men.
I have not plundered the property of God.
I have not lied.
I have not defiled any man's wife.
I have not defiled myself.
I have not cursed the king.
I have not acted deceitfully
I have not turned a deaf ear to the words of the Law (or Truth)

One thing to note about the 8th comandment, is that one must understand that the king was considered to be a God himself. That is the reason why they build elaborate tombs/pyramids to house the bodies of their Kings.

When the Bible was written, there were other religions being practiced throughout the region. I think that it was very important for them to write stories that shared similar traits to what other religions were doing. It makes it easier to convert people. This is why there are so many "pegan" references in today's Christianity.


 
 

Archeologist date the origin of the Homo sapiens around 160,000 years ago using carbon dating. Fossilized remains of early Homo Sapiens were discovered in Ethiopia in 1997 by Tim White. Now imagine for a second that you were born in that era. The world must have looked like such a mysterious place. This was the time of many firsts and this is when man first thought about God - or Gods in this case.

Man could not begin to comprehend the world and space around them. Naturally it makes sense that they began to believe in powerful beings that controlled their existence. Imagine seeing a volcano erupt, feel the wrath of an earthquake, or the sound of thunder. Wouldn't you believe in a higher power? Imaginary Gods was the easiest way to explain the unexplainable.

Polytheism is the belief in more than one God and early cultures adopted different polytheistic religions. Arguably the oldest form of a polytheistic religion that is still around is Hinduism, it has been around for thousands of years and it dates back to 3000 BC.

Although their surrounding world led them to believe in many Gods, death was, and still is, the most hardest concept to explain. Life after death is what all religions promise to explain, but how can you explain something that cannot be explained? The answer is: you can't. No one can prove what will happen after death. You can only believe in what happens. Just because you believe something doesn't make it true.

But why would man invent Gods? I think that one can argue that the answer is simply power. That could have been the most powerful motivator for early man to make up such wild stories. When you hold all the answers you have the power. Soon you have everyone believing in the Gods you preach and later they build temples and follow your command. Government wasn't yet established during this time, but religious elders held the power over these first civilizations. Over time the Gods changed names and new stories emerged. Ever since the first people began to believe in a God, religion has played a big part in shaping the course of human history.