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Four Fascinating Reasons Why Ancient Cultures Firmly Believed in a Higher Power/God

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My interest in discovering our true history enabled me to realize that many ancient cultures firmly believed in the existence of a Higher Power. African tribes, Arabians, Romans, and Greeks believed in the existence of a Supreme Being. They even prayed and offered sacrifices to this being because they believed it could influence their lives.

Some people claim that ancient cultures believed in the existence of a Supreme Being because they were dumb. However, many advanced ancient structures disprove this claim. These structures show that ancient folks were highly intelligent.

For this reason, there must be other sensible reasons why ancient folks believed in a Supreme Being. To discover these reasons, I studied ancient religions and I realized the following four fascinating reasons why these folks believed in the existence of a Higher Power.

1.Creation

Ancient cultures saw the intelligent design in all living things and believed that a Supreme Being was responsible for this design. This belief made some tribes such as the Kenyan Akamba to refer to God as ‘The Cleaver’ or ‘The Maker’.

Ancient cultures never thought that creation could have appeared by chance. They knew a Higher Power must have created this world and they formed creation myths that attempted to explain how God designed the world.

2. Ancient Cultures Realized That They Couldn’t Control Several Things

Most ancient cultures started believing in God after realizing that they had no power over several things. They realized that the rains rained at their own time, and they could not control negative factors such as death and illnesses. They thus believed that a Higher Power controlled these occurrences, and they offered sacrifices and prayed to it to make things work in their favor. For instance, the Greeks asked Zeus to bring rain because they believed he controlled rain.

3.The God Instinct

Ancient cultures believed in a Supreme-Being because human beings are programmed to believe in a Supreme Being. Our brains are wired to believe in God’s existence.

Neurotheologians argue that the anatomy of our brains predisposes us to believe in a Higher Power. Maybe, it‘s true, as Rene Descartes argued, that The Creator placed the ‘belief in God’ in our minds.

4.Magic

Magic is defined as the use of supernatural powers to influence events.

Many ancient cultures practiced magic. For instance, Egyptians used magic to cure illnesses and protect themselves against evil entities, and Greeks used magic to attract love and make bad things to happen to other folks.

Such cultures believed that magic came from a Higher Power and for this reason, they believed in a God of magic. Egyptians believed Heka was the God of Magic while Greeks believed Hecate was the Goddess of magic and witchcraft.

Conclusion

Therefore, it’s completely wrong to think that illiteracy played a great role in making ancient cultures believe in a Higher Power because there are sensible reasons that explain the origin of this belief.

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  1. lynhicks

    January 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Love your sweet journey to that conclusion. Being a God believer it seems a no brainer. I do believe it is an instinct to want to do and be good. If in one man, in all men for we are alike. Very nice read this morning!

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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

‘God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by a rope.’ – Ramakrishna

I believe it’s foolish and unspiritual for an individual to believe his religious beliefs are right, and other religious beliefs are wrong because all religions preach the same things in different ways.  Here, I’ll enlighten you by discussing the top seven similarities between different religions so that you strive to learn something from all religions instead of being judgmental.

Enjoy.

All religions:

1.Believe in the Existence of a Transcendent Place/State

All religions believe in a transcendent place/state. Christians call it Heaven, Muslims call it Jannah, and Buddhists call it Nirvana. These faiths believe there is no suffering in this place/state since it is characterized by happiness and peace.

2.Believe in the Creator

All religions believe in the existence of a Higher Power which created the universe.  Christians call it God, Muslims Allah, Hindus Brahma, and African Traditional Religions (ATRs) had a variety of names for this entity. I’m not sure how Hinduism characterizes Brahma, but I’m certain that Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe their Creator is all-powerful, omnipresent, and omniscient.

3.Provide Ways of Overcoming Suffering

Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe prayer can help an individual overcome suffering, while Buddhism teaches that practicing the Noble Eightfold Path liberates one from suffering.

4.Encourage Generosity

All religions encourage giving. For instance, Christianity encourages generosity because ‘The Lord Loveth a cheerful giver,’ while Islam claims Zakat (charity) results in blessings and purifies a giver’s heart.  

Moreover, Buddhism encourages generosity because it paves the way to enlightenment while ATRs provided thousands of reasons for generosity through proverbs such as ‘atendaye mema atalipwa zizo.’

Meaning of the proverb – the one who gives will be paid.

5.Believe in Celestial Beings

All religions believe in the existence of spiritual entities. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe in angels, while Hindus believe in deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, and Hanuman. Besides, ATRs believe in spirit guides.

6.Encouraged Moral Behavior

Buddhists encourage moral behavior through the Noble Eightfold Path while Christians encourage this behavior through the Ten Commandments.

Conversely, Muslims encourage moral behavior because it pleases God while the ATRs believed moral uprightness was good for the society’s well-being.

7.Have Holy Places of Worship

All religions have special places for performing spiritual practices. Christians perform praise and worship in the church while Muslims pray in the mosque. Moreover, African cultures and Hindus use shrines to worship their gods.

In conclusion

Instead of judging religions that provide teachings that differ with our spiritual beliefs, we must study them because doing so we’ll provide us with several spiritual insights that our religions fail to provide. Lastly, studying various religions will enable us to pinpoint spiritual truths that we won’t notice if we believe ours is the only true religion.

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The Most Hidden Secret of the World’s Greatest Inventors

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The Most Hidden Secret of the World’s Greatest Inventors

Since I was young, I wondered how the world’s greatest inventors such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and Benjamin Franklin, made amazing inventions that most people can’t make. I knew that besides hard work and focus, there was something else that enabled these folks to make extraordinary inventions. I thus studied several inventors to pinpoint this ‘something else’ and I discovered it after two years of research.

It dawned on me that most inventors deeply believed in spiritual forces and performed spiritual practices hence raising their state of consciousness. This higher state of consciousness provided them with extraordinary levels of intuitive intelligence that enabled them to make extraordinary discoveries. For as Jonathan Black put it, ‘throughout history, highly intelligent people have immersed themselves in esoteric philosophy. They have used secret techniques to work themselves into altered states of consciousness in which they can access an abnormally high level of intelligence. (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).

I used to wonder how an individual, particularly Graham Bell, could invent a practical telephone that could enable communication between people separated by thousands of kilometers. I wondered how he knew that an electric current could carry sound from one phone to another. I then realized that Graham Bell believed in spiritual forces as he embraced theosophy. He also performed spiritual practices that heightened his consciousness levels and enabled him to see reality differently.

Besides Graham Bell, Isaac Newton also made several discoveries because he embraced occultism, which enabled him to attain a higher level of consciousness that allowed him to see things clearly. For as Jonathan Black observed, ‘scientists like Pythagoras and Newton suggest that by means of these peculiar kinds of altered states they were able to discover new things about the world, to see its inner workings and understand patterns that are perhaps too complex or too large for the human mind to grasp with its every day commonsensical state of consciousness (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).’

Also, Michael Faraday, a great contributor to electromagnetism, made his discoveries because he was always in a higher state of consciousness. Faraday saw the Creator’s spirit in everything. I believe this perception of life raised his state of consciousness hence enabling him to understand electromagnetism.

Besides scientists, Mary Wigman, a famous dancer, also embraced esoterism. It is believed she invented unique dancing styles because she transcended her egoic consciousness and achieved a higher state of consciousness.

That being said, a higher state of consciousness, which is mostly awakened by deeply embracing spirituality and performing spiritual exercises such as –  deep prayer, deep meditation, and yoga – was the hidden secret of most inventors. This state of consciousness awakened their intuition, which is the gateway to higher knowing, hence enabling them to discover things that many folks can’t. Besides, this higher state of consciousness enabled them to achieve a relaxed state of mind that enabled them to see things clearly.

For this reason, most of us aren’t making discoveries because we are in the egoic state of consciousness. We are too attached to our egoic self, which usually leads to a chaotic mind that kills our intuitive powers, hence preventing us from making amazing discoveries.

We must thus embrace spirituality and its practices since it will enable us to transcend our egoic selves and access our higher-self-consciousness. This state of consciousness will increase our perception levels and allow us to have a deeper understanding of reality hence enabling us to make extraordinary discoveries.

THE END.

Thanks for reading. I love you all. Shout out to my biggest fan, Purity Ngugi.

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References

Black, Jonathan. (2013). The secret history of the world. London: Quercus.

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