Religion is one of those things that seems strange when you really look at it and what it has to offer the world. But, what started religion in the first place? Why did people feel a need to have a connection with divinity, spirituality, or what the universe had to offer? While every religion has a different story, there are some things that remain that same. Here are just a few of them.
A Need for Explanations
In the past, people had no knowledge of exactly what caused the sun to rise and fall, what caused the seasons to change or why the crops did or did not succeed during a growing season. In their attempt to explain what was going on, people turned to different religions in order to seek out answers and see what it was that was happening. Whether it was a pantheon, like you saw in Greek and Roman culture, or one single god, as in Judaism, it still made a difference for them.
A Belief in Something Greater
There are many people who were looking for something greater when they felt like they didn’t have a lot of control over everything that was going on around them. Having that belief in something greater helped them to feel more confident, allowed them to let go of control, and made it that much easier for them to work out what it was that they needed to be able to do to make the most out of their lives in the future.
Peace is something that is hard to find, even today, and religion was one of the original answers when it came to figuring out exactly what was going to be involved in finding that peace for the long term. There’s so much that is involved in that process that it’s not surprising that people of all backgrounds often did everything that they could in order to find peace. Religion allowed people to feel connected with the universe and allowed for them to find a way toward finding peace with themselves and their circumstances.
Other causes always come into play with religion. Whether you’re looking at people who have wanted power, dealing with situations related to stress and hallucinations, or something else, there are a lot of different causes that have brought religions into the world. Looking at the history of each individual religion is very interesting and you can look to see even more ways in which these religions have come into existence and how alike they really are?
It’s always interesting to look back and see just what was involved in starting the world in a way that made sense and made a difference for what was going on there. By looking at what was involved in beginning religions of all sorts, it can make quite the difference as we sort out what religion is doing in our modern world and how it could end up changing in the future.