The Origin of God
Scientists have recently found that humans have a heavy instinctual need towards attachment. This is represented anywhere from the physiological reactions of chemical reactions in our brains to the simple instinct that tells us that there is safety in numbers. This same psychological mechanism is what brings us to feel the instinctual need for protectors; easily expanded to authority figures, parents, and religious leaders. A person’s god is the inevitable culmination of all of those things according to some new studies, and I have gone on to explain just how it is that humans create gods.
In The Beginning…
All gods began as a story. In a time when word-of-mouth was the only way for news to travel, the ancient communities of the world were the biggest and most historical game of telephone ever played. When information took weeks or months or even longer to ripple throughout communities in which lived people– most of whom never traveled more than five miles from home in their entire lifetimes– who relied on travelers and word of mouth for news, things could get understandably garbled. That’s where the beauty of human ingenuity came into play.
Gods, seen as spiritual forces of the world of nature could be a great way for leaders in power to keep order in their kingdoms. If a royal or a cult leader decreed that a god felt a certain way about a certain thing, then the locals would act accordingly out of fear of punishment or retribution. These men and women throughout history who took the right to speak for whatever god they represented are those who shaped the images of the gods we know today.
The Modern World
It’s strange to think that little has changed in the monotheistic religions of the world in thousands of years. To say that man created god is in no way something intended to lessen or cheapen the fact that — for the men who created him, god exists! In my mind, there is no conflict between these historical and scientific facts coming to light. How is god or spirituality any less important simply because we as the human race, created them? How I see it, these things only go to show the power that we as human beings have infinite potential and the power of creation.
In today’s world we can witness the exact same phenomenon on an even bigger scale, though with less talk of spiritualism. All you have to do is spend a little time on Tumblr or among fan groups on Facebook to know one thing for sure: Amazing myths and stories are still creating new cults and religions, but we call them something else now: fandoms. The heart of the human condition is what dictates that we as people will always be drawn to and heartened by a great story. We connect to characters and mythological figures that we relate to or look up to, and that same mysticism and awe as we read about our favorite book heroine or comic book hero is a very real and legitimate thing!
If you can find peace in the idea that humans are responsible for their own divinity, then an entirely new manner of thinking opens up to you when you look at the world. Make a cup of your favorite tea and put on your favorite action movie and say “Hail the new gods!”