I'm asking for only opinions from non-religious people, as religious people will only say God and leave it there and get defensive for what I'm about to say.
Basically, I can not possibly believe that one guy created an entire universe, everyone on earth, all animals, has an issue with certain people and really stupid things, deems on gender basically a slave to the other, yet says "love thy neighbor", and wants us to love each other... I can not in my right mind believe any of that. So I came up with the idea that religion was created back in the old days when people were really stupid and would believe just about anything you told them. A group wanted ultimate power and decided to come up with an omniscent power and people believed them and they were hailed an important/powerful group who could make sure they didn't go to hell and so religion, specifically Christianity, was born.
So thats my legit reasoning on how religion was born. Any other ideas?
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During hundreds of thousands of years, people where ignorant about physics, about astronomy, about health and illnesses, about nearly everything.
They just didn't know why things happened to them and around them. They were afraid, of course. Looking for a cause, they didn't find a better or easier answer than 'some higher power'.
Whenever they were frightened they tried to get in good terms with that higher power, hoping for help and relief. So they learned to pray and practice masses , sacrifices and peace offers, masses, hoping to get what they wanted: iazzarun.files.wordpress.com/.../...tionofgod1.jpg and some made it their science, became priests or shamans. Since people looked at priests in admiration, they told them many things which they wouldn't tell to others, their fears and petty secrets, their sorrows and the priests listened, gathered quite a bit of practical knowledge, shared it only with other priests.
Mankind needed laws when it started to live in society and needed some rules to stay healthy, to make their tribe stronger than other tribes.
Some people, probably priests, smarter than the others, figured out some basic rules they thought would help a lot.
Back then those people were an uncivilized bunch, raping, stealing killing and fighting all the time.
If Moses had simply gone to them with some rules just saying "I think it's better to stop raping, stealing killing and fighting all the time", they'd have laughed, taken away what they wanted and raped his wife, daughters, sons, maybe himself too. Thus he went up the mountain, waited till there was a good frightening thunderstorm, then went back to his tribe with the rules he had composed and told them, "did you hear the thunder, see the lightning? That was that higher power, God! He told me this"... and gave them the 10 Commandments he had invented, (of course with a good show and a lot of preaching to make it seem realistic.)1