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Religion: a New Look

by Derek Hart

Most of us are familiar with the stories of Greek and Roman mythology. The ancients created these stories in an attempt to explain the world around them to the best of their ability. From these early fantastic stories, in a roundabout way, the bible came into being.

I cannot go through the entire history of the Bible because I have limited space here, but throughout human history, one can see a distinct pattern emerging.

Humans have always had an incessant need to believe in a higher power. When those people came along who questioned the established institutions, they were condemned and even put to death.

Humans will stop at nothing to defend their beliefs, apparently, even if the foundations of their beliefs are shaky at best.

Now, in 1997, it has become time to rid ourselves of these ancient and false religions. (Good Luck) Now is the time to realise that you and I are but two organisms.

Out of 5.7 billion, scurrying around on the third planet from a small star near the outer edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Now is the time to stop acting like we know just what it is we are doing out here and start again trying to find out.

We, as humans, are prevented from true spiritual growth by the very institution that is supposedly committed to our salvation. Spiritual, to me, means realising you are an animal. The highest animal maybe, but an animal nonetheless. It involves knowing, really knowing, you share this planet with an abundance of other creatures. Some like you and some not at all.

Being spiritual means not being caught up and ruled by material things. We came here with nothing and we are going to leave with nothing, so what is the point of acquiring things we don't need to live? And how many times in one single day does discrimination based on wealth occur? Can anyone count? Spiritual means looking with wonder on the Earth and appreciating the beauty to be found here. Above all, perhaps, it means not being caught up in day to day affairs so much that one has no time to wonder and appreciate.

Humans spend too much time working for paper and not enough time wondering about things they cannot answer.

Some of the stories in Greek mythology are ridiculous. I think people get the term religion and mythology confused. 2000 years from now, if we make it that long, people just like you and me will be studying and looking back on what they will call twentieth century mythology or Christian mythology. Greek myths were an attempt to explain the world around them.

Well, now to the fact, what does the Bible attempt to do? And aren't some of the stories in the Bible a little hard to believe? What's more, some Biblical stories bear a striking resemblance to certain Greek myths that were written years before. So, what is the difference? Why are the ridiculous stories in Greek mythology considered ridiculous and the same ridiculous stories in the Bible revered? It is....ridiculous!!

Perhaps (hmmph) we could learn FROM the Bible without actually believing the stories and without recruiting new ignorance. Is that so impossible?