It’s common to hear that the ancient world was the period of the Bible. Reality is from the Bible until now is but a tiny snap shot of human history.
In the current National Geographic discusses that humans were in Africa at least 200,000 years ago. This makes our 5000 some years of Biblical history insignificant and 2000 years of Christianity a mere one percent of the human experience.
Thinking of it in terms of ourselves, your ancestors and mine go back some 4,000 generations. Since the “time of Christ” it’s only 40.
Thus, whatever preceded Judaism was, itself, preceded by perhaps hundreds of other spiritual beliefs. They all passed by. So also, it seems inevitable, will today’s religions including Christianity.
The National Geographic article explored the human characteristics that make us want to find new places. The people with the genes to explore found food and thus may have had more chances for survival and raised more children. The religious trait must have been connected to finding food as well.
I’ve heard religious people say we have only now found the real god and the real truth about sin and the after life. But, the invisible gods seem exactly the same. The only thing that has changed is development of the written word. It presents the illusion of ultimate truth.
That Christianity has been here such a short time makes it seem unlikely it is any more important than the many religions that preceded it.
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