A Long Way to Recognize God
The relationship between God and the whole mankind and also each individual is the last and the most important issue for the human species.
In any civilization, including the ancient Egyptian one, there is a religion and a myth. Animals do not think about somebody with super and super-natural power. They are just afraid of danger brought on them by other animals or natural phenomena. They are not thankful to the nature that nourish them. But human beings started to think, from a log time ago or millions of years ago, that there exited spirits, namely non material existence, in environment within or out of the nature, since their minds and hearts were spiritual.
"Something very powerful, horrible, or merciful must exist beyond the nature," they must have thought. And as human beings advanced in their recognition and cogitation, they came to think there might be something that controlled their fates, since some people were lucky and others were very unlucky beyond the limit of individuals' efforts. And, "that something must be spiritual existence," they must have concluded.
Human beings living 10,000 years ago or a million years ago thought about their death. They of course knew that their physical death meant the end of work of their minds and hearts. But as they could recognize that their minds and hearts constituted their own inner domain, they thought that their souls, the sources of work of their minds and hearts, should belong to another world. And the world must be an independent world from the material nature. "When we die, our bodies are destroyed and decayed but their souls must survive in another world," human beings came to believe clearly at least 250,000 years ago when Homo sapiens was established or as some groups of primates or the genus Homo came to believe so, they became Homo sapience whose only existent group is us, the mankind.
The development from the stage of primates to the mankind through the phases of Homo species must be guided by the development of recognition of spiritual existence and realization of inner souls of their own minds.
Family Hominidae: humans and other great apesSubfamily Ponginae
- Tribe Pongini
- Genus Pongo
- Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus
- Sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii
- Tribe Gorillini
- Genus Gorilla
- Western gorilla, Gorilla gorilla
- Eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei
- Subtribe Panina
- Genus Pan
- Chimpanzee (common chimpanzee), Pan troglodytes
- Bonobo (pygmy chimpanzee), Pan paniscus
- Genus Homo
- Human, Homo sapiens
- Anatomically modern human, Homo sapiens sapiens
Anatomically modern humans evolved from archaic humans in the Middle Paleolithic, about 200,000 years ago. The emergence of anatomically modern human marks the dawn of the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, i.e. the subspecies of Homo sapiens that includes all modern humans.In this context, it has been just 200,000 years since some species on the earth started to clearly sense and respect some spiritual existence.
Conversely, because one species came to sense existence of souls and spiritual entities, it could develop from domains of orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees. And, some group in the species further developed their recognition of souls and spiritual entities to become Homo sapiens sapiens.
Therefore, the key feature that characterizes the mankind is its recognition of its souls and spiritual entities around it.
In this context, the decisive factor that allowed for evolution of living things to the mankind is self recognition of their souls and spiritual entities around them. Therefore, what made formation of the human species possible is not physical features but strength of self-recognition of their souls and ability to sense the spiritual world.
Since a living thing was first generated on the earth 4 billion years ago, there was always a group of living things that focused on their inner world that developed to minds and hearts through the phases of one-cell organisms, multicellular organisms, fishes, amphibians, mammals, primates, and homo sapiens sapiens.
The tendency of human beings to focus on their own inner world, souls, spiritual domains, and God is not a result of evolution. But rather, a driving factor of evolution to the human species from, extremely, one-cell organisms. Our ancestors must have been always focusing on their internal spheres even when they were one-cell organisms, multicellular organisms, fishes, amphibians, mammals, and primitive primates.
Today, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam claim that their is only one God who created the whole world. And, all the mankind knows it. So, it has taken 4 billion years that living things on the earth come to correctly believe in existence of God that created all the living things.
So, the future evolution of homo sapiens sapiens should also rely on this feature of the mankind of focusing on their own souls, the spiritual domain, and God.
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Jam 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Jam 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Jam 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: