ANSWERS: 60
  • People need something to believe in. They need something to look forward to, and they need something to be "better at" than other people.
  • Because he needed answers for everything
  • To scare away the devil. NO, really, who else would we blame everything BAD on, NATURE ? who could we blame for droughts, fammine , death, accidents, floods, wild fires. hail storms who else would flood the earth and split the red Sea we had to blame SOMEBODY !
  • Man gave us God to make us believe our fears meant something.
  • He didn't; it was the other way around.
  • 1) "When we examine the men of faith described in the part of the Bible called the 'Old Testament' we find that they found favor with God or walked with God. They did not go to church or ascribe to any particular canon as set by a church. Rather they lived their lives in a way that pleased God. So, I think we can say that true religion is NOT a church, but rather a WAY OF LIFE. Noah and Abraham, for instance, lived before the Ten Commandments and other laws were even given, yet they walked with God. How could they do that? They seemed to have an inborn understanding of themselves, the world in which they lived and the creator who made it all. They didn't doubt or question the fact that there was an intelligent power far greater than themselves. They simply appreciated that fact and made the effort to live their lives in harmony with that power as revealed through the world around them and their inner voice or conscience. They understood that they came from this higher power's creative activity and lived accordingly." 2) "God exists only in the minds of us humans as a need to explain what we don't understand, and to overcome what we fear ie: how we got here and is death really the end?" Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_God_exist_before_or_after_the_Big_Bang 3) "Not to offend anyone's beliefs, but I must say that many traditional concepts of the divine seem so anthropomorphic as to suggest invention ... yet personally I don't think that ruling out the probable existence of such a god means that there is no such thing. Of course there's no way to objectively be certain. Even if there were no universal consciousness separate/transcendental of everything, I would still consider all that is to be somehow divine in a way. It could just be something inherent in human nature to tend to belief in some higher power. The traditional concept of a parent-like, wrathful deity does seem most likely a human projection, with all due respects for those who worship such a being. In our human state, it seems direct knowledge of any theological entity might not be possible, yet we can catch momentary glimpses of the beyond which might suggest some sort of universal essence of sorts." Source: http://wis.dm/questions/183006-if-there-were-no-god-it-would-be-necessary-to-invent-him-voltaire-did-we 4) "An important question was once asked; Did god invent man? Or did man invent god? Were we from deities who found us fit, or is that a tall tale from once holy writ? Is illusion, fate's trick, or is fate a mere illusory hand? Do we decide our own signs? Or do we count them like sand? Is fate simply mocking us, and making us dance? Or is it there, as only a guide per chance? Do we walk blindly, or have we a map? Or do we follow its heels, and like a dog, beg for a lap?" Source and rest of the text here: http://sabbat-ex-prima-lux.deviantart.com/art/An-Edict-of-Fate-47538705 5) "Some scholars have suggested that Zoroastrianism was where the first prophet of a monotheistic faith arose, claiming Zoroastrianism as being "the oldest of the revealed credal religions, which has probably had more influence on mankind directly or indirectly, more than any other faith". It is sometimes argued that Zoroastrianism had an influence on later Judaism, and therefore has also indirectly influenced Christianity." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism
  • Because we can't stand the idea of dying, of completely disappearing forever and ever. We created the "next life" or "Paradise" because we want immortality. That way, this life is only a passage to a better existence, a better life on a higher plane.....nice wishful thinking!
  • Or put another way WHY did God invent man. The result cannot be very pleasurable.
  • to make man kind feel better about death... another way to make money...
  • I believe that it is the other way around.
  • Man didn't invent God, God created man. -In the Master's service. Thank you and God bless you!
  • Man didn't invent god. Man ruined the whole concept of god and started wars in "his" name..and still do.
  • Because our primitive minds cannot tolerate profound ambiguity. In times of stryfe or glory, we cannot conceive of it being completely independent of meaning or reason. The entire concept of God originated at the onset of the realization of death. So the answer to your question is essentially this : Man invented God to alleviate the stress of his own mortality.
  • we didnt invent God. he has always been next to us watching and helping. Believe in him before its to late to. the time is near.
  • He created us so that we would be able to ask questions such as this one :o)
  • To explain that which he could not explain.
  • To answer the question "where did we come from?". Sometimes humans make things up to answer questions that need answers. God is a prime example of that.
  • Because he was unable to fathom facing existence absolutely alone after being thrust into a state of being that he did not choose.
  • I don't know, but I have FREQUENTLY pondered the reverse.
  • The same reason that the T-model invented Henry Ford.
  • The true question is "Why did GOD created man ? "
  • To put into perspective what humans -- be they scientist or not -- can actually know... let us put science, itself, under focus: No physicist knows what light is. He can do nothing more to find out than observe, experiment, and then describe the results. Pooling all such results, he can INVENT a cause and effect rationale which can fit the observations up to then. Actually, every such rationale succumbs sooner or later to new data that refutes it, and necessitates INVENTION of a NEW rationale that will handle the old data plus the new. No chemist knows what a molecule is. He can do no more than observe, experiments, DESCRIBE the results, and then INVENT a rationale assigning causes and effects. And then some new data comes along that undermines it. No neurologist knows exactly how consciousness spins off from lots of little electro-chemical synapses that occur between axons. All he can do is observe, experiment, INVENT a rational, which assumes certain causes and effects... until some new observation necessitates a revision of the former rationale. The highest and best that ANY science or scientist can do is describe and then fabricate a rationale that TENTATIVELY explains what data is available upt to any given time. Hence it can be seen that all rationales (hypotheses, theories, scientific consensuses...) are convenient lies we can rely on until more information shall have been attained, requiring editing. Why then should theologians be frowned upon for doing the same thing scientists do... fabricating rationales to make some sense of what little we know until we are able to gather more data? But more importantly... a distinction exists between what humans THINK and what IS. All epistemic and ontological inventions we humans come up with are convenient, tentative educated guesses and therefore likely to be lies UNTIL AND UNLESS we come to a point of knowing EVERYTHING there is to know about everything there is, anywhere and everywhere, past, present and future. Of utmost import is the question of whether there is any justification for believing ANY rationale. Why, yes. There is, indeed. To take nothing at all on faith, until all the facts are in, is to believe NOTHING AT ALL, and thereby to be intellectually paralyzed and unable to act upon any premise until we are certain no stone has been left unturned. No contributor to Answerbag has accomplished the knowing of everything. Consequently all our little rationales are fabricated on incomplete evidence, are tentative, and are lies looking for a place to be trashed. MEANWHILE what is, is... and is not necessarily what any human THINKS it is. To have faith in God is no different than to have faith in a cold, dead, indifferent universe driven by pure happenstance. To be agnostic and say "We cannot know," is deceptive, because the inability to live with a working hypothesis would be to take no action at all, in relation to any issue. To claim to be agnostic, and then turn to the right or the left in some act of daily living is to demonstrate we "believed" there was something to tip the scale enough to have made any decision at all. Each and every decision, by genius scientist or average thinker, requires a choosing of SOME hypothesis to get off top dead center and move in one direction or the other. So to summarize an answer to why man invented God, it is quite solidly based upon the nature of ALL ontological and epistemic EVIDENCE, and the nature of all human rationality, to invent "working hypotheses." And "Truth," with a capital T is what actually goes on while men only invent tentative rationales. If God is, then man's inventions do not change that. If God is not, then man's inventions will not change that either. In either case, FAITH as to the one or the other is a requisite to functionality within the human condition.
  • Because Nikola Tesla,Thomas Edison,Alexander Graham Bell, Marconi were all busy at the time!
  • (Psa 99:8) Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions. (Rom 1:25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
  • Its kinda hard to disbelive if your name is adam and your staring at this guy who says he created you, and he's all powerful, and his life is like nothing you could imagine. Then the truth got passed down, from adam and eve to their sons and daughters, and so on and so on, and god kept showing himself to people and asking them to do thing for him, to create men to love him.
  • Your alittle confused, God created us. Thankfully God has more tollerance then most of his creation does.
  • An excerpt from A Higher Good. "...Earliest man lived much as an animal, intricately dependent upon the whims of nature and the mortal threats of his fellow creatures. Leopards, lions, mastodons and other dangerous beasts appeared on cave walls as symbols of man’s budding theology of reverent fear. About the same time he started burying his dead, he began painting pictures of beasts on his walls. Once he learned to make fire to overcome the cold and keep predatory creatures at bay man lost some of his reverence for beasts. So he turned his attention to the ultimate forces that controlled every creature. Man related his intuitive sense of an infinite force to the sun, the wind, the seasons, and other environmental influences. Then he learned to manipulate the soil. The more he exerted control over his natural environment the less he feared and revered it. His inquisitive and intuitive gaze turned upward. He felt a comforting warmth from the sun, and when he gazed at a mystifying night sky filled with vast wonder, he reasoned that the mysterious forces that tugged at his being resided somewhere among the glitter and awe. It became known as the Heavens. (The references to the Heavens in the Old Testament, by the way, all referred to the sky, not some otherworldly place.) Agriculture was the major turning point. It not only allowed him to plan and store sustenance, it allowed these hunter/gatherer nomads to settle in communities and engage in the free exchange of ideas with other families and tribes. From the soil of the Earth, man became a thinker. His words expanded rapidly to include concepts, and his picture languages turned into symbols, then letters. Though certain elements of nature remained mystical deities, as man’s intellect grew he came to realize that behind it all must lay some similar intelligent force. This is when man first began to shape God in his own image. These concepts were interwoven in ingenious and intricate manners to create the gods of Greek Mythology, Norse Legend and Egyptian worship. Polytheism was in full force. Today we see the fallacies of Greek Mythology, even though the Greeks in their time could see it no other way. The Greeks saw their gods as supreme embodiments of various human potentialities all vying and warring for control. They were the first to break the good and bad characteristics of the human psyche into individual parts. During that period human thought expanded and surged in a way not seen until the present era. It was the birth of philosophy, psychology, science, astronomy, and theology, though there was little distinction between the disciplines at the time. Many of the theories that modern science has proven or accepted without question during the past century–such as molecular structure, atoms, relativity, gravity, chemical reactions, the genetic code and more–were first proposed by ancient philosophers during this bloom of analytical thought. Like their ancestors, however, the ancient Greeks and Egyptians still retained gods for the sun, the moon and other natural elements. Though Judaism generally takes credit for the pivotal spiritual evolution from a polytheistic theology to a monotheistic belief, the idea of worshiping one God was first introduced through the Egyptian Pharaoh, Auknautan–well before the birth of Abraham. This radical (for the time) religion worshiped a supreme sun god (Ra), but Auknautan pretty much set himself up as the intellectual conduit of that force, which made his something of a god himself. He was the first High Priest or Pope figure, but he also claimed that “God is in my heart,” which is the first indication that what we are all looking for is within us. When Auknautan instituted this radical realignment of the metaphysical, he eliminated the power base of the many priests that represented various gods. For political reasons, Auknautan’s ideals did not survive him. When he died, or was killed, these priests put pressure upon his wife and young King Tut to reinstate the former deities, which they did. Nevertheless, the seeds of monotheism were sown. A variation of the same concept was reintroduced a couple of generations later by Abraham, which survived as Judaism. This new religion, nevertheless, actually evolved out of Egyptian and Babylonian traditions. Jewish worship still retains many rituals similar to ancient Egyptian worship, and the Bible stories of creation and the great flood are very similar to those first recorded by the ancient Babylonian religious leader Gilgamish. The major difference was that Judaism combined the intellect and the power into one supernatural and mysterious being. This created a god that not only was far above all other gods, but beyond the complete understanding and intellectual control of any one man. Though we had evolved from a polytheistic system of deities to the worship of one God, this vengeful and tyrannical god was still just a supreme embodiment of various human characteristics that before were divided among many. This one, all-powerful deity was a very close image of man. True to their tribal instincts for separatism, and the human egotistical desire for dominance, they declared themselves as the “chosen” race or tribe of this one, all-powerful deity. Instead of placing the knowledge and the favor of god in the hands of one man, they placed it in the hands of an entire race. This most powerful God became the royal birthright of a select band of nomadic and relatively powerless people who now had superman on their side. The creation of one god, however, posed a philosophical problem. The gods of Egyptian and Greek worship included both good and bad characters that mirrored the Yin and Yang of our existence. So, to maintain the human judgmental balance among supernatural forces, the creation theory in the Bible departed from the Babylonian tale by introducing one additional supernatural being that embodied all these evil characteristics into one additional powerful demonic being. Now there was one god and one devil to wage supernatural war. It’s still considered monotheism, but it actually is duo-theism. Instead of two platoons of god-like creatures, it was reduced to a supernatural duel between two deities warring over our all-important souls. Man still considered himself not only the center of the universe, but the center of all supernatural interests. He is so egotistical that he can’t accept the idea of an intellectual force that does not mirror his own troubled psyche. To him, there can be no good higher than his own most noble ideals..."
  • The right material generated from countless stars and super novas gathered in the right proportions to allow for biological life on Earth. Eventually the human life form evolved to a point where such thoughts as "where did we come from?", and "why are we here?", could be contemplated and communicated between members of the species. In a survival of the fittest environment, certainly the strongest, most sadistic, manipulative members of such a group would invent a means of psychologically controlling weaker members of the species to hoard the wealth of the group's collective efforts to convert natural things into things recognized to be useful and valuable by the group. When a rational person of today, generations after the harnessing of fire to cook and release nutrients necessary to the development of higher rationality in the functioning of the brain, considers "God" and how this mythical entity is used in society; there is no question that men purposefully invented god and certain men use this invention for their personal gain even to this very day. I hope this helps you in your efforts to become spirituaully independent and awake.
  • Because we have to have someone to blame when things go wrong
  • Because it was a way to civilize people. People are stupid and impressionable. What better way to control them than by telling them that some crazy all powerful man is in the sky watching their every move and if they fuck up "he" will punish them. My question would be why would anyone believe that bullshit?
  • you know some people see it the other way around
  • Because we're lost.
  • Man did not invent god, certain men invented god as a tool used to rule other men and hoard their wealth. Of course women were just property so if a man was lucky enough to find an ugly one that the bishop/king did not want, you could get a permit to be with her. The permit is called: Fornicate Under the Consent of the King, we all know what the acronym of this is and that is all that god is good for.
  • Ignorance and fear. Millenia ago, we didn't know why the sun roase and set, why the tides came and went, why the seasons changed, etc. Gods were helpful in explaining this, and they are still used today to explain what is still unknown.
  • Asking a question based on an assumption is a sure fire way of stirring things up. You were successful.
  • Nature, and man's use of natural reason, abhors a vacuum.
  • it should be why did God create Man?. and i just don't know. Only God can answer your Question. Man invents the world.
  • Ha ha ha ha ha... good one. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ” --Psalms 14:1
  • why did televisions invent people?
  • I would not use word invent. Maybe Discover!
  • You mean why did man invent gods/goddesses. >>>God<<< invented us.
  • Because, life is depressing. Believing there is something more makes people forget about how much life sucks.
  • because they can't face their fears
  • Because They Needed Something To Believe In.
  • Fear. Fear of the unknown, coupled with the inability to explain natural phenomena. What's that bright flash of light, followed by loud rumbling in the sky? The Sky God, Thor, must be angry. Why does the wind suddenly blow hard and swamp our boat, causing us to drown? Poseidon (Neptune) must be angry. We must appease him. Why does Yahweh punish his people with pestilence and plague? We must have pissed him off. Quick! Burn a goat! Sacrifice Abraham's kid! Crucify Jesus! We must appease our angry god! When men finally dared to "eat from the Tree of Knowledge," and our ancestors began to study, learn, and catalogue natural phenomena, we gained the ability to explain and sometimes even predict natural occurrences. Gradually, over the last 10k years, knowledge (now called science) has eliminated the need to invent gods to explain things. Only a few remain. Religion and superstition are mostly forgotten. The old, angry gods have faded away, like Puff the Magic Dragon, who ceased his fearless roar.  
  • the more relevant question is "why would God invent man"?
  • Early humans were superstitious because they were adapted to find patterns. If there was a rustle in the grass, it may have been the wind, but it may have been a lion. An early human would have a higher survival rate if he expected a lion when it really was only wind. If he assumed it was just the wind when it was a lion, he would get eaten. Humans are adapted to find explanations for the unexplainable. I guess it was the best explanation they could come up with to explain the mystery of life.
  • Because humans fear the unknown. It is unknown where we come from and why we are here, so humans feel more comfortable if they feel like they known the answer to this. So the belief in a god, or gods, is a basic human need for security and sense of purpose.
  • I already answered this question so I'll edit this one out.
  • Man needed a name for that force in the universe that created everything. Be it some elementary particle or an explosive supermassive element that was made up of all mass in the universe compressed in a single atom.
  • to aid in social programing and controll.
  • The other way round, and: to love him, to be in relationship with him. Same reason parents have children.
  • If you look back to the Gods of the Egyptians, they apparently used the term "God" as meaning "significant non-human power." Thus things like death, the Sun and so forth could be abstracted and referred to, blamed, etc. Blame might be the biggest reason, rather than saying "what a pity, Tutankhamen has died" you can say "Curse that Osiris, god of death, for taking Tutankhamen away from us!"
  • God invented man. And man invented other gods. Everyone worships someone or something.
  • god invented man, man discovered god!!!!!!!!
  • You are closer than you may know. Man did invent the God you are referring to. The one borne out of fear and ego. However, the Real God is. God IS. No matter what man wants to try and invent.
  • because that shit is funny
  • The "invented" gods and goddesses are there perhaps to give religious sanctions to all that those who invented them do!!
  • He needed someone else to blame when things went wrong.
  • You have it backwards and it's because he want to be with us.

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