I think human beings are somehow wired to want to believe in an afterlife and a god.
Every human culture on the planet believes in a deity. It's not just us, though. Even elephants have graveyards.
Once people became aware that death was final (the REAL tree of knowledge mythology?), they became afraid.
Actually, most indigenous cultures are very
aware of death considering they still have to kill their own food. They are very much aware that they're part of the biological community, their landbase. We, on the otherhand, aren't. That's
Death is just too scary...
That's a cultural distinction. The Egyptians celebrated death, along with many Native American tribes. Western culture tends to ignore death as much as it can, resulting in such fear.
Tom J wrote:
When I see mountains, trees, flowers, streams, and all the diversity of living things, I cannot help but take time to praise God for the beauty, the wonder, and the mystery of His creation.
When you see a priceless painting, you know that there was an artist who created it. It baffles me how anyone can see the beauty of nature and not acknowledge God as Creator.
I'm amazed that so few of those who can marvel at G-d's Creation aren't actively trying to protect it, actively fighting for it. Resource depletion, overpopulation, global warming, unending growth that even cancer envys... all leading to a loss of biodiversity not equaled since a meteor killed the dinosaurs.
We make very poor stewards.