As for God, that is anyone's guess. Any technology sufficiently advanced will seem godlike to a very low technology and a very low technology will tend to attribute supernatural aspects to things which cannot be explained at that level of knowledge. Neadnerthal would view a modern man as a god with a flashlight and a handgun. Light without sun or fire and death from a noise .... what other explanation could there be?
i s'pose that i, or anyone else, can do some research and find out when the first ideas of afterlife emerged in human culture. I have read about it, but it surely began before any kind of technology even hit the radar. I think it was very soon after the discovery of fire which was in itself a technology .... well before radars. There are different ideas of afterlife, from heaven to reincarnation. All expose a fear of not continuing as individuals. Seems we created these concepts as antidotes to death. But, of course, there is no antidote to death and there could never be life without death. They are the flip side of the same coin.
These concepts of afterlife have become so elaborate ...... as to be readily accepted.
It is true that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, and that some atoms in our bodies could very well be the same atoms that were once organized differently in different bodies ..... dinosaurs, trees, etc., etc.
So what, then, are we? We are not our heritage, memories, experiences, gender(s), ...... we are not our thoughts or even our emotions. We identify with our bodies and with our thoughts, ideas and opinions. But we are not that. Those thoughts and emotions and ideas and opinions end with the entropic end of the biological system that we call "me", or "I" or "mine" or even "us". Thoughts come and go, emotions surface like waves and are released if given room to express naturally.
Seems to me that life is doing us rather than us doing life. Yet, we are creative "doers". We cannot help but "do' with our opposable thumbs and whatnots .... we have evolved as some kind of force but cannot t responsibility nor credit for that evolution. Yet creativity is our doing ... in the present tense.
Brings many questions to light .... such as why we teach our children to sing the "national anthem" every morning while they could be out discovering what new kinds of mushrooms are growing due to the rain of autumn, for example.
And .... why do the conflicts of our parents/ancestors need to be drillled into our children, especially when life is constantly newly emerging? We have been taught to identify with certain concepts ... religious or nationalistic, or ....?
If we cannot get ourselves together, we will be spewed from this Earth as she has spewed countless civilizations before us. The Earth will heal and continue, but we will not as long as we hold ourselves separate .... as long as we identify as separate individuals .... who need a roof and clean water, and nutritious food more than the next guy, more than the "other" guy who is other only in belief/concept. The trick and trickiness of thought.
Logic has its rightful place, but EVERY single person on the planet has a brain ..... and EVERY brain is capable of some kind of logic and the logic of beliefs ends up being not so smart afterall. We have all seen many very intelectually logical people advocating separation via war, via the concept of us vs. them, when, in reality, there is no us or them. Even Hitler was 'logical', but only in the sense of a very strong identification of what it meant to be German or of the "master race" which was an idea, an ideology and an idealism. What, afterall, is a German?
This brings religion back into focus ..... or, i mean, may I? If we are all made of matter which will renew itself in one form or another, why the need for religion which ultimately separates one so called 'individual" from another? I am Catholic, but you are Protestent. I am a Shi'ite Muslim while you are the other kind of Mulsim who has the supposed same prophet? i am islamist while you are Buddhist? I am of this country and have this passport and wave this flag while you are of another and wave a different color and design? I am yellow and you are black, white, red.
All the beliefs which place us on the very same precipice that other and older civilizations placed themselves on and were wiped out .... We are on the verge.
Why have any beliefs at all?
So along comes this dude who was known as Jesus, and he says, "Treat thy neighbor as thyself", .... and we take to that saying as a "belief" in Jesus and what jesus said, when it is so obvious that if i hurt you, I am hurting myself regardless of Jesus or what he said or whether he existed at all. Why have beliefs when life is an actuality.
What flag did Jesus wave?