hey if you're comfortable talking about it what changed with your religious views last year? you said you lost your faith... i'm kinda in the same place rn and was just wondering what happened w u
Honestly I took a religion class in college. V simple: intro to the New Testament. Initially, I started realizing how improbable the existence of an afterlife is (case in point: when someone dies and is brought back to life, their brain shuts down so “they” don’t exist or feel anhgjing. They don’t go anywhere. Their body just stops doing its thing – then if they’re ~brought back~ those processes are just restarted). Also, the Jewish concept of an afterlife only evolved during the Maccabean Revolt when people started getting martyred for the faith. It was so unjust and cruel that those people died so senselessly that the idea of an afterlife evolved to help people cope. They would be rewarded for their sacrifice, instead of dying in vain. From there, it made sense that no higher power exists. I realized that Jesus’ intentions were hella Jewish and had a context with a historical precedent of other “messiahs.” I saw how the Gospels evolved from Mark’s sparse narrative and fairly ordinary characterization of Jesus to John’s worship of him as a god. I saw that the first gospel was written in at least 70AD, 40 years after Jesus’ execution. It was devastating but it made sense. I couldn’t ignore it.