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  • The old AC/DC question - Who made who? The bible, written by man, tells us God made man is his own image. Actually it says "Let US make man in OUR image", which implies that monotheism is wrong, but that is another argument. It's a little ironic that the very medium that has allowed God's word to be spread so far is the medium through which His detractors have put their argument. I personally believe that man created God, for all the reasons that are given on the religious Q & A area. We need to pigeon-hole ourselves and give ourselves a reason for existing, so we create a Creator, who then creates us.
  • I dont believe anyone really knows assumptions (no offense intended my opinion only)
  • My assumption is that early people looked to explain their world and saw that the sun was the biggest thing in their lives and governed it. This explains why the earliest known religions like the Aztec ones worship the sun. Then as time went on, ideas became more sophisticated until we worshipped the Earth, or worshipped the sky etc, and then eventually we worshipped a God or Gods. It was all just a matter of ideas developing over time. The whole thing stems from our simple desire to explain the world we live in. It is quite simple to see how the idea of God originated from man. It is quite sad that our curiosity and natural intuition have brought us so much and yet have given us our greatest curse. Spoken as a non-theist that is.
  • I don't know. If Adam and Eve are right, then God created us. There is no evidence thats says man created God.
  • Whether or not man created God or God created man is irrelevant to the development of religion. Religion is not defined as the existence of God. Religion develops as a set of practices and beliefs about the world around us. Humans had to begin believing in God and devise a set of beliefs and rituals to honor that God and our relationship with the world around us. Thus, religion was born.
  • Well you are putting God in a box, nothing created God, God is so beyond all of us, that we can't understand as humans. You are thinking about God as if something made him over time, but God created time. "River: The bible is broken. Doesn't make sense. Book: It's not about making sense. It's about believing in something and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It's about faith. You don't fix faith. It fixes you."
  • It orignated from an man's need to know where we came from, where everything else came from. It was an explnation of why it rains, about why the sun moves, about everything we didn't know.
  • something for people to hope and believe in, before scientists started trying to prove them wrong
  • Origin of Religion - Ancient Foundations The origin of religion can generally be traced to the ancient Near East and classified in three basic categories: polytheistic, pantheistic and monotheistic. Atheism is really a modern belief that resulted from the "Enlightenment" period of the 18th century. Origin of Religion - Polytheism The origin of religion and polytheistic systems: Polytheism (a belief in many gods) is thought to have originated with Hinduism in about 2500 BC. Hindu beliefs were recorded in the Bhagavad Gita, which revealed that many gods were subject to a supreme Brahman god. Polytheism was also the religion of many other ancient cultures, including Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The ancient polytheistic belief systems viewed gods as being in control of all natural events such as rainfall, harvests and fertility. Generally, polytheistic cultures believed in sacrifices to appease their gods. For instance, the Canaanites sacrificed to the male god, Baal, and his female counterpart, Ashteroth. Baal controlled the rain and the harvest, while Ashteroth controlled fertility and reproduction. The Greeks and Romans developed polytheism to a highly structured pantheon of gods and goddesses. Origin of Religion - Pantheism The origin of religions and pantheistic systems: Pantheism (a belief that all is God) prevailed in numerous ancient cultures. The belief that the universe itself was divine was typified in the Animism beliefs of the African and American Indian cultures, the later Egyptian religion under the Pharoahs, and Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism in the cultures of the Far East. Pantheistic beliefs are also finding resurgence among various New Age movements. Generally, pantheism is the principle that god is everything, and everything is god. Therefore, nature is also part of god. We must be in harmony with nature. We must nurture it and be nurtured by it. Mankind is no different than any other animal. We must live in harmony with them, understand them, and learn from them, focusing on the relationship between mankind and the elements of nature. Origin of Religion - Monotheism The origin of religion and monotheistic systems: Monotheism (a belief in one God) is the foundation of the Judeo-christian-muslim line of religions, which began with a man named Abraham in about 2000 BC. From this point in history, God began revealing Himself to the world through the nation of Israel. The Jewish Scriptures record the journey of the Israelites from slaves in Egypt to the "promised land" in Canaan under the leadership of Moses. During a period of about 1500 years, God revealed what became the Old Testament of the Bible, relating the history of Israel with the character and laws of God. During the period of the Roman Empire, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem as the long-awaited Messiah. The ministry of Jesus ended in about 32 AD with His crucifixion and resurrection. After Christ's ascension into heaven, the Christian church grew in His name and the New Testament was written. About 600 years later, Muhammad began preaching in Mecca. Muhammad believed he was the ultimate prophet of God, and his teachings became the precepts of Islam as recorded in the Qur'an. Origin of Religion - Important Dates in History: * c. 2000 BC: Time of Abraham, the patriarch of Israel. * c. 1200 BC: Time of Moses, the Hebrew leader of the Exodus. * c. 1100 - 500 BC: Hindus compile their holy texts, the Vedas. * c. 563 - 483 BC: Time of Buddha, founder of Buddhism. * c. 551 - 479 BC: Time of Confucius, founder of Confucianism. * c. 200 BC: The Hindu book, Bhagavad Gita, is written. * c. 2 to 4 BC - 32 AD: Time of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and founder of Christianity. * c. 32 AD: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. * c. 40 - 90 AD: The New Testament is written by the followers of Jesus Christ. * c. 570 - 632 AD: Time of Muhammad, who records the Qur'an as the basis of Islam. http://www.allaboutreligion.org/origin-of-religion.htm
  • There is no right or wrong answer. It all boils down to what you believe in. I personally believe that God created man and all that we see.
  • Man is a spiritual being who knowing this created many different gods. The True God revealed himself through Jesus Christ to give truth to our purpose in life.
  • God created man. True religion is taking care of those who cannot fend for themselves. Such religion originated with God.
  • We live in a physical universe. Thoughts in our brain are created my neuro transmissions, which are sub atomic particles. If God exists in our minds as a concept that drives our faith, then isn't he atomic matter moving in our brain? Any thought we have in our mind wether it be fact, fiction, fantasy, a theory, faith, etc., is actually a series of neuro transmissions. Sub atomic particles are the smallest forms of matter in the universe as we know it. Matter can neither be created or destroyed, only converted from one form to another. So how does God really fit into the universe?
  • Man created God.
  • How can man make a god that is so unfathomable?
  • God created man...and not only did early believers obey and honor god..they were willing to give their lives for him. I believe in God, his son Jesus and the angels..if you doubt that god created man..spend a day in the book of Daniel and then go to revelation..The bible is the only history book ever to be written BEFORE..the events it speaks of..that is all the proof I need that God created man..
  • I truly do not know but i like to believe there is some higher power out there :)
  • My opinion is that god(s) is/are purely inventions of the human mind. Magical thinking and and a desire to understand the world led to the mistake of religion.
  • there is no right answer????!!!!! how politically correct..read the book of daniel then read revelation..the bibw is the ONLY history book written before the events it tells about..proof of a god
  • Man created God in my book
  • As a tool to manipulate others. Created by man (or woman) to frighten feeble minded people into doing whatever the manipulator wanted them to do (worship, work, give gifts, toe the line etc).
  • I see man with a soul that is God.
  • man created religion. Not the same as creating a God.
  • i dont know that a good one
  • I will be watching the answers to see what comes up. +5 Intresting question!
  • man created god with there mind he isnt there well thats what i believe
  • man created God
  • In the beginning God - created all that is, including man.
  • Does it truly matter? We'll all find out eventually.
  • God will let all know the answer.If they arent sure now.
  • Man created god. I used to be of Catholic faith, but now I have my own personal beliefs based on proven scientific facts. Man created god because man wanted immortality and wanted to feel a feeling of safety. If God truly is out there, then why did he create such a primitive, violent, and sadistic race of beings? Why did he create such a merciless, bloodthirsty killing machine? Every one needs to take a good look at the reality; humans are worse than animals. We don't kill for survival, or warmth, and rarely for food, but we kill because we don't like someone else's beliefs or out of hatred, or anger, or greed. Humans may be technologically advanced, but we are the farthest thing from being emotionally, physically, and mentally advanced and stable. Millenia ago, man first began to ponder the stars, but man needed an explanation to why they were there. They created God. Religion wasn't of great importance until Medieval times when Christianity spread to Europe, and Medieval England. Here is where you see the clear indication that god is man-made. God is seen as a king-like figure, and in Medieval times, England had many kings in and out of the throne, as with most of Europe. The hierarchy of religion resembles that of Medieval Europe considerably. If there's anything we should believe in, it's ourselves and that the universe was created by chance when two sub-atomic particles collided and caused the big bang, the creation of the universe. When Earth was first formed, meteorites and other space junk were slamming into the early Earth, depositing innumerable minerals that were necessary for the formation of life. I hope this answers your question.
  • man-made
  • I believe that God was created by man. In ancient times, the universe was much too difficult to explain so people decided that the simplest answer was that a deity far more powerful than could be imagined was the source of all things. Thats Occam's Razor for you, except in this case, the simplest answer does not look to be correct, at least in my opinion. Unfortunately i have facts that support my opinion, but to each his own I suppose
  • Polly Math, did you not know.... GE 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Notice, it says, God created....So, it was the Lord our God who created everything.
  • I havn't seen him or it to see the sticker ... But I have seen a portion of the universe, and it wasn't created by man.
  • Man made god
  • "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." We are created "in the image and likeness of God." Clearly, God created us. We created an image of God, but God is eternal and predats any of us.
  • God makes, preseves and finally destroyes the universe.
  • Man made God, Humans can not exist without God but God would never have been invented without humans!!!
  • God is, and man gave him a name.
  • God created man in His image.
  • Man made god.
  • God made man and all other creatures on earth
  • Oy! I love a good raging debate. At this point in my life I really have to be realistic and say that Man made God.
  • God is a man made character of fiction.
  • There are two answers to that question and they both depend on which side of the fence you're on. As a Christian, I believe that God created man.
  • God created man. I Do not believe that a body such as the humans has just evolved. 2 ears to hear, and listen...1 mouth to speak/sing. Hands to give, light for the eyes and the eyes for the light...and to observe, a stomache for the food, while the food was made for the stomache. Legs to travel and experience. A heart that has a rhythemic beating. Too perfect. What more do I need?...what can you take away, that cannot be replaced by something else? (sense wize)....I am woman, and my husband is man...we are too perfect togather. Sexuality is a gift that has been given. Children a blessing...if cherished. Life amazing. I know I have a God, and all is perfect and well. I have been given life...and I smile. Evolved? No. Created? Yes.....and given a WONDERFUL GIFT! Thank you Is the human body not a piece of art, if respected...treated right, cared for...loved? How much more perfect can It be? I cant think of anything.
  • Religion must be man made. But God can not be. God is there everywhere in you and me and anyone. It's just that God concept is completely mis translated. Human beings being silly at times started even worshipping those who tried to explain them what God is. That is why all the prophets are considered Gods by a large number of people. Prophets are enlightened human beings. They understand God and the existence of God. But they never liked to treat them like Gods. There are several enlightened human beings in thei world existed and existing today.
  • aren't both the same? religion is simply an outside system we use to think that we're getting closer to the divine.
  • Man made God so they wouldnt have to deal with the real creator. God is just a substitute word for the unknown and unnamed devine being who is. God could mean nothing in fact. And it probably does for many.
  • It most likely originated with the animism of ancient or pre-historic cultures. There's evidence of animal worship among remains of social groups like the Australian Aborigines - a culture going back 20,000 years or more. IMO, it most likely developed as a way of explaining why things happened and as an attempt to control things considered uncontrollable (weather, animal movements, finding water etc.). It grew as a concept through various stages to the stuff we have today.
  • Man first, wheel second, gods third.
  • Does eternity have a beginning?
  • It is obvious to the educated mind, man created god and created him in his own image, we are only just understanding the universe now, so go back three thousand or more years and things that can be easily explain now would be so unexplainable then, that the only possible answer would be a superior being creating everything. So man creates god and it is no good quoting the bible this does not prove anything
  • It is obvious to the educated mind, man created god and created him in his own image, we are only just understanding the universe now, so go back three thousand or more years and things that can be easily explain now would be so unexplainable then, that the only possible answer would be a superior being creating everything. So man creates god and it is no good quoting the bible this does not prove anything
  • Man created both religion and god(s). When man was ignorant of how things in nature worked (fire, thunder, rain, why are we here, etc), they created spirit gods to guide them and answer their questions. As man began to settle the land these spirit gods took form and became humanoid. Because man had a family and hierarchal structure the gods soon had a similar structure. As society grew, the god(s) took on even more human attributes (lying, vengeance, war). Leaders of states soon became like gods or became gods upon their deaths (Alexander the Great, the Pharaohs of Egypt, or even ruled by divine right as the rulers of Europe). Religion arose not as the instructions on how to worship the god(s) but as a means to control the masses, by fear, by motivation, or even to give hope.
  • Such things are too high for me. I simply try to love God with all my heart and strength and mind, and to love my neighbor at least as much as I love myself. That should be a full time job for anyone. : )
  • That's a debate not even worth fighting for.
  • man created god.
  • Who says WOMAN didn't create god?
  • could go either ways..every mans thoughts to himself :)
  • God created man but then later man created many Gods.
  • That's a very good question. I'll say definitely that man create God and religion itself.
  • Logic dictates that we created god. Even if god created men, men create a certain image of what is god for them. That´s why religious people have so many arguments amongst each-other.

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