It is sad to realize that no one lives the same reality. We all inhabit the same plane on earth. We are a species of developed mammals on the spherical body we call Earth and we have developed language and documented our history for thousands of years. Although we share basically the same anatomy, a brain and genetic information, we have different perspectives of the world, depending on the location and context in which we find ourselves.
Therefore everyone seems to know that a person named Donald Trump has become the President of the United States; we ignored reality and believed that the group of racist fanatics following the businessman’s speeches was smaller than it was. It is a similar distorted vision and a willingness to believe in “alternative facts” that makes millions of religious people uphold a vision of history very different from what really happened according to experts and scientific evidence.
Over the centuries, the Bible was established as a trustworthy source without any need for official evidence beyond the required faith of a believer. They created a distorted version of different happenings that intervened before real knowledge. The problem begins with devotees' belief in the creation myth of God’s first seven days work and the story of Adam and Eve, willfully ignoring millions of years of evolution and the evidence that supports it.
It is incredible to think that even to this day there is a denial that humans have a common kinship with apes and that every single event in the sacred text –including supernatural fantasies– has been real. It was probably not the fault of those who created the religions, but of those who misinterpreted them.
What is real?
Since the eighteenth century —characterized by its spiritual revolution—, experts have tried to solve the mysteries of the Bible, performing different analyses based on records taken outside of what was sanctioned by religion. Although to this day some people continue this work, the majority agree with the following: the main facts of Genesis are myths and a large part of the New Testament cannot be proven, especially the accounts of the apostles. In the Old Testament elements of real history were used to contextualize the experiences of the Israelites and the Jews, but each passage is tinted with fantasy.
For example, the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt agrees with historical facts from the time. There were migratory policies that made certain believers think they were led toward Palestine, but it has not been possible to confirm the existence of Moses and consequently the legendary parting of the Red Sea using divine power.
An important point about certain Biblical facts is that certain events, like the great flood that gave purpose to Noah’s Ark, did occur but not as they have been presented. Instead, certain natural disasters were attributed to a divine power and became the motive for the story, similar to the creation of myths across many cultures and spiritual beliefs.
Another fact to consider within the Biblical canon is that the main purpose of the texts was to indoctrinate followers and introduce them to Jewish and Christian beliefs. What began as a series of life lessons was converted into an absurd legend with propagandistic interests. They adorned their origin stories to gain followers and to resist the rule of other religions and government while shattering history around them.
The interesting thing about the analysis is that after Jesus Christ died on the cross, nearly all the excess of supernatural events disappears, perhaps as a way to attribute divinity to a character who may never have existed.
The Roman tradition of zealously crucifying those who violated the law and the political and social context of synergetic traditions, including the worship of the Sun, point to the existence of a man who preached customs contrary to the Empire. However, it’s most likely Jesus lived similarly to popular perception, but without the divine powers and without a resurrection; he might have lived as a humble man who preached the Jewish religion with absolute devotion.
If we take a more positive stance, we can say that the Bible was not written with the intention of creating a fantastic story and establishing it as a reality or as a form of deception, but as a series of moral teachings of Judaism with various historical contexts to rationalize its claims.
If we add on a cynical or negative layer, we can consider an irrevocable contempt for anyone who still professes incorrect data. Whether Jesus Christ existed or not, it seems very few understood the message he symbolized: union and peace.
History has shown that most of what the Bible says is both historically and scientifically uncertain. Some characters may have existed, but the whole supernatural elements are products of the imagination, even religious propaganda. While some can imagine the four main Evangelists and a couple others scribbling away, we can safely assume that the Bible was a collective effort of many hands which crafted its enduring story.
So let’s imagine if Donald Trump decides to establish an alternate history to this one we know to exist; the world would be divided into more realities than we already have.
It is a shame that humanity cannot synchronize its truths, realities and beliefs, and that the mark left by religions will be difficult to erase. But perhaps these beliefs are the root of what makes us a diverse and overall strong population.
Translated by Joseph Reiter