There is a great insight into the duality of humanity comes to us from the Cherokee Indians, allegedly.
“An old Cherokee told his grandson “There is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is go(o)d. It is joy, love, peace, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied. “The one you feed.”
What this saying points to , is the fact that all things Go(o)d about humans relates to our capacity to look after our neighbours and all things less than desirable relate to our capacity to be selfish. The basis for Go(o)d an(D) evil in a nutshell. Think that’s a little extreme? Then you haven’t seen this 8 minute clip on a Berkley University study.
In my book , What is this thing called Go(0)d? That’s religion explained now let’s talk peace!, I show how religions were heavily politicized by empires ( The societal form of ego if we use the characteristics in the Cherokee wisdom). Not only that, I show how prophecy was clearly manufactured. These things have left humanity longing for fairy tale realities when the true innate realty is good enough. So long as we can play the straight story.
Further, if you look beyond the empire’s corruption of Judaism and Christianity, you’ll learn, if you look at the historic evidence, that Islam is also clearly a political tool, and always was. So those afterlife rewards are not worth the paper they are written on either. Here is a good video of Islam and its war history.
Is this all bad or do we have an oppourtunity to become properly enlightened. I think it is the later, assuming we have had enough of senseless religio-political killings and people are ready to seek until the find their truths and no longer accept mere beliefs
2 Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]”