Chapter 4: The Sacred Journey of Ancient Religions
In ancient times, which history records as 3,000 BC to 476 AD, many people continued to worship daily on an individual basis. There was no need to be in groups at specific times nor to have man-made laws. Wise counsel was available when needed. One by one, individuals wandered away from this concept as the connection through Spirit to the universal creation diminished. The minds of Mankind began to mingle with shadowy destructive thoughts and deeds which have been referred to as sins or mistakes made by Man during their life in Earth. The stronger members of the community or clans who could keep their energy at a higher level became leaders, and historians have referred to this period as Leaderism.
The leaders were chosen to keep less confusion and more balance in the activity levels of the groups. They managed the affairs of the people and ultimately were later known as priests and then kings. The egos of these kings, as time went by, wanted more power and divided the human race. They also wanted power over other kings which led to wars. Soldiers were first appointed to collect taxes for kings, but they were later used to fight wars.
Since a free will is part of a human being’s growth experience, the knowledge and understanding of Mankind’s awareness of his purpose to be in Earth became divided. The leaders became more interested in self-identification with their own power than identifying with a higher power. Nevertheless, the formations of structured religions have been beneficial to Mankind in times of inner struggle by enabling them to be with others who are experiencing the same awareness. The records and philosophies of these sacred religions recorded by scholars and historians are explored in this chapter.