In this advanced stage of civilisation, why do we behave as if gods are candidates standing for election and we need to canvass for them?
Are we insecure that if followers of one god predominate, those outside the group will be persecuted or annihilated? Is this why we create armies of followers to protect our interests, and call it religion?
If not for this one collective insecurity, god and religion would be purely personal. They would not be the basis for wars and terrorism.
Let me assume that only one religion will ultimately survive, after the machinations of all the players. Will there be peace? Unlikely. There will be disagreements among sects in that religious group, and splinter groups will break away. And a new chain of violence will begin…
The ancients revered the Power by acknowledging its manifestations. They worshiped nature as the sun-god, moon-goddess, wind-god, water-god and so forth. That was Religion. That was Prayer. Has religion evolved over the centuries or simply got into a complicated tangle?
Wouldn’t we be better off worshiping nature? Individually. Privately. Quietly. Just celebrating Life and being grateful for being alive.