Scripture is often quoted when debating the existence of a deity, whether it’s the Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu or other modern day spiritual deities of the many religions that exist within our world.
I am expected to accept this quoted scripture as proof of a god’s existence by the believers who are dedicated to continuing the illusion of their ancestors, that it was written by a god.
Scripture is not evidence
The bible or any other religious scripture that exists, in my opinion does not constitute evidence of a god.
As a Fantasy World Builder, I often construct religious deities for my fantasy worlds. In doing so, I have become aware of the ways that religion can be used as a tool to provide an explanation to something that is at the time unexplainable through knowledge, reason and science. as well as a political vehicle invented by people who want control over others.
Those powerful enough to persuade often times use fear, illusion or both, manipulating the minds of the uneducated, needy and weak into believing the fantasy of the religion as real. I don’t believe that all religious or spiritual leaders are over zealous power fanatics. I don’t doubt that there are religious teachers that believe everything that have been taught and teach to others as the truth, falling into the delusional belief of their religion as it makes them feel safe, provides purpose and a feeling of being wanted or cared about.
Through my own experiences and knowledge of modern religions, in this reality religion is a form of slavery to a puppet god, whose strings are pulled behind the scenes by the hands of humans. There is no evidence that any works of scripture have been written by a god. Yet, I often hear: ‘God spoke through the person writing the scripture’. In my opinion, the person making this statement has been fed the wrong information as “truth”, and ultimately the true history of the Human Civilization has been skewed disproportionately by the belief in these fictional deities and fantastical explanations of our World.
The Stone Age & Shamanism
Weston La Barre PH.D (b: 1911 – d: 1996), an anthropologist researched in depth and studied the role of the Stone Age Shaman. His study which included the religion of the North American Indian tribes, concluded that Shamanism is the world’s oldest profession developing during the mid to late Stone Age period. A Shaman in the stone age, played both the part of a healer and a mystic. During the stone age the world was full of unexplainable beauties and terrors. It was a place fraught with unknown dangers and it was the Shaman’s role, a person who claimed knowledge and power over the natural mysteries of the world to guide their tribe’s decisions. In some cultures and tribes, the Shaman was the known as the medicine man, and he or she was expected to have all the answers for the tribe.
The role of the shaman was to make sense of the world, in order to protect and help the tribe find one of the basic necessities of life, food. Through mystic rituals often but not always involving hallucinogenic drugs, dancing, superstition and the wearing of animal hides and bones, the Shaman became a visionary for the tribe. The Shaman was expected to be have a close relationship or mystic connection with the animals, especially those that were hunted in the area. Apart from burial evidence and the study of Shamanistic roles and rituals that carried through into cultures that continued to flourish few thousand years AC, such as those carried on by South Pacific Islanders, Indians and Aborigines, the only other evidence that exists of Shamanistic practices from the Stone Age is through rock and cave drawings.
Archeologists who have studied the primitive art on stone cave walls dating back to the Paleolithic, have found these were decorated mostly by early homo-sapiens as a way of communicating their spirituality and understanding of the world through art. Many of the cave art paintings were used to record the types of animals that the tribe hunted for food. In Spain, where the oldest cave art exists there is the possibility that during the middle part of the stone age, Neanderthals may have also indulged in cave art for similar purposes prior to the arrival of the Homo-sapiens. Through the development of language and writing, the stone age practice of shamanism have segued into modern religions. Shaman practices are evident in the Jewish Torah or old Testament in Christianity. The use of shamanic practices are still very strong in many religions of the world today, which is struggling to understand itself, and it continues to provide a barrier from the truth of reality, freedom and reconciliation of the human civilization.
Hunter-Gatherer Rock Art
As hunters and gatherers, human forms of communication were limited to the use of the spoken language. Much of the history of the Human civilization prior to the development of writing is depicted in cave wall paintings as old as 25,000-40,000 years BCE. Spain, France and Australia are the most notable for oldest rock art discovered to date.
Australian Rock Art
Reliable carbon dating places southwest Arnhem Land Aboriginal rock art as old as 28,000 years ago. There is speculation by Scientists that some Aboriginal rock art in Northern Queensland, may be as old as 40,000 years but it is yet to be reliably proven. In Aboriginal culture these early cave drawings, were contributed to by more than one Aboriginal tribe who passed through the area. They were often used as a way of communicating with other tribes who often had their own dialects. The cave wall drawings depict ways of living, such as hunting and gathering and the different types of animals living in the area.
Another archeological discovery in May 2003, discovered depictions of “Therianthropes” in Australian Aboriginal Art. Therianthropes are paintings of half human and half animals. Therianthropes are found in a wide variety of cultures across the world. Egypt is probably the most notable of places for Therianthropes, where the head of an eagle head and a human body depicted a god. The cave at Eagle Reach near Sydney includes Aboriginal art that dates back to about 2,000 BCE. This unique discovery includes depictions of Therianthropes not only with a bird like head and human body, but also combines the kangaroo with human form. Spiritual belief held by Australian Aborigines is that these composite images have been present in the caves since mythical times. Under this system of belief, human beings did not paint these images but that they were produced by ancient ancestors settling into the cave walls, while their spirits traveled on.
French Rock Art
French Rock Art dates back to the Paleolithic (more commonly known as the Stone Age) and is divided into three sections during the period roughly occurring between about 2.5 million and 20,000 years ago, depending on geographic boundaries. French rock art dates in the Upper Paleolithic (45,000-10,000 years ago).
A common thread through French Paleolithic art is the bestiary. Most of the cave wall animals represent herbivores. These animals would have been seen and hunted in the areas around the caves. Similar to the Therianthropes in Australian rock art, French rock art also showed signs of early religions or shamanic practices. Pictures of half human and half animals, may be evidence of early shamanic practices. The rock art in this graphic is from caves in Dordogne, France revealing a half goat, half human creature.
Spanish Rock Art
A discovery published in the National Geographic online Daily News in 2012, suggests that the Spanish El Castillo cave art is the oldest in the world found to date.
The cave art in Spain is believed to contain drawings a lot older than 40,500 years old (the age calculated through the decay of uranium, a reliable archeological testing knowing as uranium-thorium dating), long before the arrival of homo-sapiens. The cave contains three different types of drawings. The oldest, a dot like design raises the question as to whether the art is created by Neanderthals who are believed to have lived in Europe until 40,000 years ago where it is theorized they were either hunted or breed out of existence by the arrival of Homo-Sapiens who arrived in the area of Spain around the same time. The two either types of drawings are believed to have been painted by homo-sapiens, one a stencil of hands and the other more figurative or clavi-form (club like).
The cave in Spain, studied closely by archeologists provides figurative art of bison and horses. This is quite distinct to the dot like art believed to be painted by Neanderthals prior to the arrival of homo-sapiens in the same location. The paintings of the bison and horses are of a more recent period than that of the dot like art, yet they are still estimated to be about 35,000 years old and painted after the disappearance of the Neanderthals.
From Stories to Scripture and the History of Writing
As man began to transition from hunter-gatherers to agrarians settling into small communities, the beginnings of the Neolithic period began around 10,000 BCE. The creation of regional languages and recording systems began to emerge when man transitioned from a nomadic wanderer who moved from place to place, chasing and seeking food and temporary shelter to living in communities. The ability to count and record assets, became important. At first these were recorded as simple etchings on palm sized stones called counting tokens and later in 4100-3800 BCE these tokens became symbols.
The earliest evidence of writing comes from a system of writings known as “Cuneiform”. The earliest evidence of Cuneiform originates around 3,500 to 4,000 BC. Cuneiform is style of writing that uses ‘wedges’ and encompasses logo-syllabic, syllabic, and alphabetic scripts. It first originated in the area known today as the Fertile Crescent which likes between the inverted U-shape of territory that stretches up the east Mediterranean coast and then curves east through northern Syria and down the Euphrates and the Tigris to the Persian Gulf.
Coming Next: Part 2 of “Scripture is it Evidence of God?” will examine the development of language, especially the development of the written language and how it has impacted the rise of today’s modern religions through scripture.
- Finding puts aborigines among arts avant garde
- World Socialist Web Site Aboriginal Cave Paintings
- French Rock Art Bradshaw Foundation
- 12-000 year old skeleton of petite natufian priestess – Shaman Priestess