85:0.1 PRIMITIVE religion had a biologic origin, a natural evolutionary development, aside from moral associations and apart from all spiritual influences. The higher animals have fears but no illusions, hence no religion. Man creates his primitive religions out of his fears and by means of his illusions.
85:0.4 ... mortal man ...
worshiped every natural phenomenon he could not comprehend.
How is illusions different from imagination? Did primitives have only a lower form of imagination the revelators decided to call illusions? Does illusion mean non-real or mostly unreal?
(132:7.9) ... religion ... the revelation of God to man through, and in, Jesus. ... That which the enlightened and reflective human imagination of spiritual teaching and leading wholeheartedly and unselfishly wants to do and be, becomes measurably creative in accordance with the degree of mortal dedication to the divine doing of the Father's will. When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen.
85:1.2 Stones ... suddenly appear on the surface of a cultivated field or pasture.
Does this time this to after the advent of cultivation?
85:2.6 ... the earliest mind-adjutant-activated types of worship were functioning long before the newly awakening religious nature of mankind became fully responsive to the stimulus of spiritual influences.
Discuss along with section 7: The Adjutants of Worship and Wisdom
3. THE WORSHIP OF ANIMALS
Many people today assign personality to their animals.
85:3.5 In religion, symbolism may be either good or bad just
to the extent that the symbol does or does not displace the original
worshipful idea. And symbolism must not be confused with direct idolatry
wherein the material object is directly and actually worshiped.
A difficult thing for the human mind, which must use symbols, to make a clear differentiation between the symbol of value and the value itself.
(140:8.28) The right to enter the kingdom is conditioned by faith, personal belief. The cost of remaining in the progressive ascent of the kingdom is the pearl of great price, in order to possess which a man sells all that he has.
Is perfection innate, bestowed, evolved or some combination?
85:7.1 ...The spirit of worship...
36:5 The Seven Adjutant Mind-Spirits
36:5.11.6. The spirit of worship—the religious impulse, the first differential urge separating mind creatures into the two basic classes of mortal existence. The spirit of worship forever distinguishes the animal of its association from the soulless creatures of mind endowment. Worship is the badge of spiritual-ascension candidacy.
85:7.3 ... the seventh adjutant spirit, the spirit of wisdom ...
36:5.12.7. The spirit of wisdom—the inherent tendency of all moral creatures towards orderly and progressive evolutionary advancement. This is the highest of the adjutants, the spirit co-ordinator and articulator of the work of all the others. This spirit is the secret of that inborn urge of mind creatures which initiates and maintains the practical and effective program of the ascending scale of existence; that gift of living things which accounts for their inexplicable ability to survive and, in survival, to utilize the co-ordination of all their past experience and present opportunities for the acquisition of all of everything that all of the other six mental ministers can mobilize in the mind of the organism concerned. Wisdom is the acme of intellectual performance. Wisdom is the goal of a purely mental and moral existence.