A Different Fable On How Man Created God

The scene: Let’s say about 6 or 7 thousand years ago or so somewhere in the Mid-East. There’s Urg, at 39, one of the tribes most senior elders and his inquisitive 5 year old grandson, Um. They are sitting around the fire one night having a discussion that’s going something like this… (conveniently in English)

Um asks his grandfather “What are those twinkling little things grandpa?”
Urg says, “Those are the Night Lights Um.”
“Oh, what are the made of?” Um asks.
“My grandfather told me they were big fireflies in the sky. You see how they all slowly move together around us. Sometimes one shoots across very fast.”
“Who put the fireflies there grandpa?”
“Well son, he told me that the great god of darkness Dim created them so we could see at night.”
Um thought for a moment, “Did he make the big circle one too grandpa that fades in and out every so many days?”
“Very good Um. Yes he did. That’s called the moon. It fades in and out about every 28 days since Dim gets happy as the moon grows and angry as the moon disappears. That’s why we celebrate when it is full and offer animal sacrifices when it is gone to make Dim happy again. It works every time.”
“Grandpa, did Dim put the sun in the sky too?”
“No Um, that was the great god Blaze that created that.”
“What is the sun made of Grandpa?”
“That is a giant burning tree that Blaze sets on fire each morning. He then throws it over us from over there every morning and it lands somewhere over there every evening.”
“Wow Grandpa, he must be very strong.”
“Yes Um, some say he has the strength of 100 men.”
“Cool Grandpa, that Blaze god is awesome!”
“Yes he is, although one day at high sun, many moons ago, the sun was swallowed up and it became very dark. Instead of an animal sacrifice, we offered up your sister as a sacrifice to Blaze. It seemed to work since the sun re-appeared.”
“I had a sister Grandpa?!”
“Yes, she saved us from the wrath of Blaze. Her spirit has gone to the great meadow in the sky.”
“Are you ever going to sacrifice me Grandpa?”
“No, it only works with un-bedded, pubescent girls.”
“Oh good… Grandpa, someone needs to paint these stories on the cave walls so we can pass them down to our children.”
“Well Um, your father Ord is trying to make a new type of writing tablet made from plants or trees or something. It will make it a lot easier to spread the great holy stories throughout the land.”
“That will be swell Grandpa! Something everyone can believe in!”
“Amen Um, Amen.”

The moral of my little fable is the relative ignorance of the people that created all the Stone Age beliefs we’re still stuck with today and how foolish it is to still believe in them. They’re no more or less insane than the ones in this little fable.

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Lovely!
Thanks again. I was just messing around last night with this trying to keep my mind off firing my employee this morning.
I really appreciate your comments and insights on my little fable on how I believe primitive man's ignorance is the bedrock foundation of religion. I am humbled by yours and Don's knowledge of mythology and literature.

Would this be a story to help "compel" theists into non-theism? If so, I too have thought about such a story that would compel some theists into realizing reality instead of believing in fantasy. But I've thought it's also a Catch-22. If people "believe" in this new story are they just replacing their belief in the bible? Would the author become the leader of this new "non-belief, belief system"? Hey, wait a minute, there might be million$ in this story! Just call me L. Ron Dave!

All kidding aside, in some way I think the atheist story lies in all the knowledge and evidence one could find in all the science labs, libraries and museums of the world. I know that's a bit over the top, but I think it should be a story totally grounded in reality and reason.

I do find the idea of an "atheist story" quite intriguing, as I have in the past. I will think about some more...
*laughs* You wouldn't be the first person to make a story explaining religion. Douglas Adams did it really well too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kK1YgR7J0g

That is a great idea though; an "Atheist story." I've always told people a story that begins with Galileo, the "Father of the Experiment." The first person to test his ideas against reality and draw his conclusions from that.

Something along the lines of, "Well Jimmie, for thousands of years people had ideas but no one tried to test if they were true or not. Like everyone assumed that if they dropped a grape and an orange from a balcony at the same time, the orange would land on the ground first because it was heavier. But it wasn't until about five hundred years ago that a man named Galileo actually tested how things fall, and he started to figure out how gravity worked..." Basically I'd tell a kid about the dawn of science every chance I could.

I suppose it's more of a Humanist story than anything else. It's like saying, "Hey, can you believe what people are able to do if we act empirically and rationally?"

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