There is a question that enters our minds over and over again and it is not and will never be answered.
And as painful as it may seem, there is no way possible to find the answer.(Or Is It?)
We have people tell us every day that we are
from another planet.
Part of some cosmic explosion.
Part of a biological “Bang”…
Created in the image of an Almighty Creator.
The meaning of life:
We have basic schools of thought regarding our existence.
That’s it. So,where did we come from? And what is the plan for our lives on earth?
a.) Is there a God.
b.) Are we an experiment
c.)Are we part of a cosmic explosion
These are real questions and as far as I am concerned every potential answer is based on a scientific system that is impossible to understand.
Or some religious system that we have to embrace.
However we all have taken various paths as well as worked on the idea (theory) of our existence as we know it towards a life or a living is based on these beliefs.
The cut and paste philosophies and geographic realities of religion (pitting one group against another) the deity embraces one group and in an attempt at ethnic cleansing makes one group (The Chosen)
This idea makes it difficult for any one group to have a clear pathway to the divine.
Where then did the “Other” “Not Us” group come from…that is if we are the “Beginning” or “Original”…
And as more and more religious philosophies become global the (sacred writings) appears to take a shift and becomes more inclusive.
It also seen that each (Group) operated as independent religious recipients of the (Divines) word and as the individual or group traveled or were visited by others they adapted and even adopted a philosophical shifts and or changes.
The Chinese Creation Story:
Chinese creation myths are symbolic narratives about the origins of the universe, earth, and life. In Chinese mythology, the term “cosmogonic myth” or “origin myth” is more accurate than “creation myth”, since very few stories involve a creator deity or divine will. Chinese creation myths fundamentally differ from monotheistic traditions with one authorized version, such as the Judeo-Christian Genesis creation myth; Chinese classics record numerous, sometimes contradictory, origin myths.
Some Chinese cosmogonic myths have familiar themes in comparative mythology. For example, creation from chaos (Chinese Hundun and Hawaiian Kumulipo), dismembered corpses of a primordial being (Pangu and Mesopotamian Tiamat), world parent siblings (Fuxi and Nüwa and Japanese Izanagi and Izanami), and dualistic cosmology (yin and yang and Zoroastrian Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu). In contrast, other mythic themes are uniquely Chinese. While the mythologies of Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia believed primeval water was the single element that existed “in the beginning”, the basic element of Chinese cosmology was qi “vapor; gas; life force”. Anne Birrell (1993:23) explains that qi “was believed to embody cosmic energy governing matter, time, and space. This energy, according to Chinese mythic narratives, undergoes a transformation at the moment of creation, so that the nebulous element of vapor becomes differentiated into dual elements of male and female, Yin and Yang, hard and soft matter, and other binary elements. wikipedia.org
The Mayan Story Of Creation:
Creation Story of the Maya
Itzamnaaj: Supreme Creator Deity
The Creation Story of the Maya
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The Popol Vuh, or Popol Wuj in the K’iche’ language, is the story of creation of the Maya. Members of the royal K’iche’ lineages that had once ruled the highlands of Guatemala recorded the story in the 16th century to preserve it under the Spanish colonial rule. The Popol Vuh, meaning “Book of the Community,” narrates the Maya creation account, the tales of the Hero Twins, and the K’iche’ genealogies and land rights. In this story, the Creators, Heart of Sky and six other deities including the Feathered Serpent, wanted to create human beings with hearts and minds who could “keep the days.” But their first attempts failed. When these deities finally created humans out of yellow and white corn who could talk, they were satisfied. In another epic cycle of the story, the Death Lords of the Underworld summon the Hero Twins to play a momentous ball game where the Twins defeat their opponents. The Twins rose into the heavens, and became the Sun and the Moon. Through their actions, the Hero Twins prepared the way for the planting of corn, for human beings to live on Earth, and for the Fourth Creation of the Maya.i maya.nmai.si.edu
The Jewish/Hebrew Story Of Creation:
The word of G‑d brought everything into being: heaven and earth, mountains and rivers, and every living thing. In the beginning, G‑d called into existence the heaven and earth. Within six days He shaped a world of order and beauty.
The First Day
On the first day, G‑d said, “Let there be Light” — and there was Light.
The Second Day
On the second day G‑d made the sky, and called it Heaven.
The Third Day
On the third day, G‑d put the earth into good shape. At His command the waters of the earth gathered together at certain places. The waters formed seas and oceans, lakes and rivers, so that in other parts, the dry land became visible.
At G‑d’s further command, the earth was made to produce all kinds of plants, grass, and trees, shrubs and flowers. Each contained its own seed for further growth and reproduction.
The Fourth Day
On the fourth day, G‑d made the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, to shed light upon the earth. And so He set a time for day and a time for night, a time for the week, the month, and the year, and a time for each of the four seasons.
The Fifth Day
On the fifth day, G‑d filled the seas with fishes and other water animals. In to the air above the earth He put many birds of all kinds and colors and sizes.
The Sixth Day
On the sixth day, were created all the other animals, large and small, those that walk and those that creep or crawl on the earth. And towards the end of the sixth day, G‑d put a divine soul into a body which He made of earth and clay. This was the human.
To the human G‑d granted high mental ability that one could think and reach one’s own conclusions. G‑d also gave the human the power of speech and He made humans superior to all other creatures of the earth.
G‑d placed all the creatures of the earth and the powers of nature in the control of the human.
The Seventh Day
By the seventh day, everything was created and put into shape and order. And G‑d rested on the seventh day and He glorified it as a day of rest. Therefore we should work for six days and rest on the Seventh day, Shabbat, which G‑d blessed and sanctified for all time to come. By observing the Shabbat day, we show that we believe in G‑d as the Creator of the world.Chabad.org
The Egyptian Story Of Creation:
Ancient Egyptian creation myths are the ancient Egyptian accounts of the creation of the world. The Pyramid Texts, tomb wall decorations and writings, dating back to the Old Kingdom (2780 – 2250 B.C.E) have given us most of our information regarding early Egyptian creation myths. These myths also form the earliest religious compilations in the world. The ancient Egyptians had many creator gods and associated legends. Thus the world or more specifically Egypt was created in diverse ways according to different parts of the country.
In all of these myths, the world was said to have emerged from an infinite, lifeless sea when the sun rose for the first time, in a distant period known as zp tpj (sometimes transcribed as Zep Tepi), “the first occasion”. Different myths attributed the creation to different gods: the set of eight primordial deities called the Ogdoad, the self-engendered god Atum and his offspring, the contemplative deity Ptah, and the mysterious, transcendent god Amun. While these differing cosmogonies competed to some extent, in other ways they were complementary, as different aspects of the Egyptian understanding of creation. Wikipedia
Science,Religion,Evolution and Creationism Primer:The Smithsoniian Institute > humanorigins
#6. How do people incorporate evolution into their religious worldview?
Religious traditions vary in their response to evolution. For example, Asian religious worldviews do not assume an all-powerful creator God and often see the world religiously as interconnected and dynamic. They tend, therefore, to engage scientific accounts of evolution with little difficulty. However, for Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, the affirmation of a creator God in relation to the world has a central place. As noted in the discussion of various forms of “creationism” above, many individuals in these monotheistic traditions accept, generally, that God created the material world mostly by means of evolutionary processes. At the same time, some of these persons are committed to the view that there are a few specific acts of divine creative intervention: namely, at the very beginning of the universe, at the origin of life, and at the origin of humankind. However, as previously noted, others in the monotheistic traditions hold that God creates entirely by means of evolutionary processes without any intervention, even in the case of humans.
At least for theistic evolutionists and evolutionary theists the scientific exhibition on evolution and human origins stimulates the questions, “Where is God in the process?” and “What does it mean to be created in God’s image?” To the extent that such questions provoke a constructive engagement of scientific and religious ideas, they are an expression of an interaction approach to science and religion. There are many though, who adopt a separation approach to science and religion. For these individuals there is no need to raise religious questions in light of the science of human origin.
In light of this research it appears the we are answering a question with “A Question”…
a.) Where are we.
b.) How did we get here.
c.) What is our purpose.
d.) Without a religion,will we find our beginning?
e.) Other than the (sometimes) clear guidelines and tenets of the religion how do we have or determine the reason behind our evolution,creation and development?
Another interesting point:
Since religion is as old as science. AH… who knows…which came first or what it was called.
Once upon a time Astronomy and Astrology were one science.
Astrology and astronomy were archaically treated together (Latin: astrologia), and were only gradually separated in Western 17th century philosophy (the “Age of Reason”) with the rejection of astrology. During the later part of the medieval period, astronomy was treated as the foundation upon which astrology could operate.
Since the 18th century they have come to be regarded as completely separate disciplines. Astronomy, the study of objects and phenomena originating beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, is a science and is a widely studied academic discipline. Astrology, which uses the apparent positions of celestial objects as the basis for the prediction of future events, is a form of divination and a pseudoscience having no scientific validity.[
This helps us determine the why and how religion has been allowed to (Spiritually) determine seasons and time (Moods) and behaviors as well as guiding the Masses.
Also there is a people referred to as the “Dogon” Tribe:
Dogon history reveals:
One the most amazing sources of evidence of our ancestors coming from the stars is the history of the Dogon Tribe of Africa. There are between 400,000 and 800,000 Dogon in a remote civilization in the central plateau region of Mali in Africa. The Dogon culture is known for its detailed, meaningful art and tribal customs, but the Dogon are mostly known for their ancient, accurate cosmology and the legends of their ancestors from Sirius.
The Importance of the Dogon hit the western world in 1930 when French anthropologists first heard legends from the Dogon priests. The legends were passed down through many generations and documented through artwork. The Dogon spoke of an extraterrestrial race from the Sirius Star System, referred to as the Nommos, who visited them on earth. The Nommos were an aquatic race of humanoid creatures, similar to mermaids. This was amazing to hear because the god, Isis, of Babylon is depicted as a mermaid and associated with Sirius. The Dogon say that the Nommos descended to earth from the heavens in a great boat, accompanied with extreme wind and loud noise. The Dogon explained that the Sirius system had a companion star, but it cannot be seen from earth due to the brightness of Sirius A. Researchers have found Dogon artifacts dating back over 400 years depicting orbits of these stars.
Years later, in 1970, astronomers finally had good enough telescopes to zoom in on Sirius and they photographed Sirius B. The Dogon were right! They also identified the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn without the use of a telescope. How could they know this?
So then How and Why,Who is right?
Who are we?
Where did we come from?
Why are we here and what is our purpose?
I,like you want to know but all we will ever have is a collection of beliefs myths and philosophies to draw anything close to a “Truth”…
A Theory or a collection of fables that are assigned to us or told to us that we tell our tribe, family and community.
Pick one, there is no risk, no Wrong or Right..
Pick a tribe.
4.) A club
Belief is absolutely nothing, everyone has a belief.
Faith is nothing, everyone has faith.
What is important is what drive one’s belief or faith.
Also what does one’s belief or faith produce.
How are we making a difference and how we are inspired or compelled to do as a result of our belief or faith.
Whether our beginning is on another planet or this one.
Whether our beginning is in the depth of water.
The will always be a question of “Purpose”
It is inescapable:
unable to be avoided or denied.
synonyms: unavoidable, inevitable, unpreventable, ineluctable, inexorable google.com
We, You and I do not have a dilemma or a riddle that we must understand.
What we have is a “Cammand” a “Mission” and a Responsibility to the “Why”.
Not The Who,What, When, Where or How.
The “Why” is very important because every thing in nature has an assignment.
A Role or a “Mission” and they do not deviate from it.
Only “Humans” are taught,lead and guided or feel that they must or need to be guided, lead or taught to be “Human”
Every area of nature outside of man cannot and does not receive validation or relevance except by or from the “One” or “Ones” that very existence or assignment is in question.
The Tree,The bird even the animal’s level of intelligence is measured by “Humans”
Wow, that dog is so smart, why? Because he runs in circles and will sit or stay.
Look! That Bear can ride a bike?
These animals as part of their very existence never needed “Humans”.
The “Why” causes “Humans” to evaluate “Purpose” Of existence or the meaning of life.
The lack of “Why” causes “Humans” to mediate or interfere with any and all of areas “Nature” as a type of “Earthbound god” or “Savior”
What is ironic (Nature would not need “Saving” If it were not for the erosive/ corrosive behavior of humans.
Imagine the folly of saving various species and the imagination of humans had determined to destroy entire forest.
In the absence of God. Or the idea of God Humans are allowed to play and self-interpret His/Her ideal.
Or ignore Isaac Newton’s Law:
Formally stated, Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.
I have only the hope, And I as well as everyone that wants to know
How we got here.
What is our collective purpose.
Did He/She or Alien really leave Humans to figure this all out and if so why.
How does these writings end or are they just the beginning.
There is one thing that is true. The definition of Truth, Fact and Reality have been overused and hard to understand because they are always changing.
Also when we have been taught from a very young age our very beginning is based on the idea of being (Taught,Guided and Led)
It would have been so much easier if the divine would have just shown up and let us know the He/She existed.
It may also have been cool if we were told to “Play Nice “
Nothing more/ Nothing less
“What if the divine only communicated by way of thought and that by putting them (thoughts) into words they became subject (Individual Interpretation?” -Arnold Mrdadtate-
My Advice: Seek Religion, Science as well as Philosophy as a path and not as a destination..
“It may not be where you are going but, merely where you have to be to get to where you are going”. -Arnold Mrdadtate-
One thing is for certain we’re all going to die.
And they all (3) serve a purpose. And are all part of a process aiming toward “Evolution”..
Who We Will Become and they (3) may also help us to understand our “Why”…
To Be Continued…