We are smarter than ancient peoples?<quoted text>
We are smarter than ancient peoples. And more educated. And have infinitely greater access to knowledge. And have superior reporting. And have more free time.
~90% of the people in Palestine couldn't even read. They had no little knowledge of math and virtually no science. They knew what they needed to know to survive, like farming and maybe a trade skill.
Jesus' time was an era of superstition and credulity.
Do you think Romans praying to Ceres were doing scientific analysis on the affects of prayer at her temple to crop growth? No. They prayed, they got some crops, they thanked her.
Then you must not have read much about them.
We most certainly are not. We might have ore knowledge about science and technology, but that does not make us smarter, that just raises our standard of living.
More educated? How so? Or are you mistaking knowledge with intelligence again? Humans work with what they have, and no matter how little they have, their intelligence does not change.
More free time? Maybe, but that does not make people more intelligent. That just gives them time to acquire more knowledge.
No, Jesus's time was amazingly complex, and you demonstrate a profoundly uneducated mind. You obviously have no idea how complex the world was then, do you?
The temples were banking firms, you blithering fool. Ceres was an investment firm for crops. The banking empires of Delos and Rhodes ruled much of the world. They had lines of credit. They had bread-making factories run by water through aqueducts. They had hot and cold running water aboard luxury ships in Lake Nemi. That SPECIFIC age was marked by atheism, they were not superstitious in general, no one cared about religion, except the Jews. The Kingdom of Armenia was playing two empires like fiddles. Cunobelin was busy keeping Britannia free from Rome, the Romen princeps were busy trying to restore family values, abortion and exposure was the order of the day, and the Romans entered a population decline and had to make slaves into citizens to balance things out.
And Judaea was in the heart of it all, between two megalithic empires, on the trade route to the Han Dynasty (The Serica as they were known then.) Northern India was still busy trying to maintain Ashoka's empire, and suffering a cultural crisis from Bactria and Greek influence from Alexander. The Himyar were at their height of culture and trade in competition with the Nabataeans. The Garamantes had their vast farms in the Sahara where the desert had not yet buried them. The Saka were stirring, and preparing for migrations Westward, eventually pushing out other natives who would centuries later invade Europe.
You javen't got the faintest clue what was going on then, or how unbelievably complex, exciting, and intricate was life. No, fool, they would laugh at us, and our lazy and meaningless life as we play Black Ops and watch porn. We exploit the world. They MADE THE WORLD as we know it.
Gosh, ignorance like yours makes me angry.