The roots of religion are steeped in astro-theological metaphor of cycles of the sun in relation to the Earth and stars. That is why the same stories are found in ancient religions thousands of years before Christ or Mohammad and countless other figures. Same characters with different names in same situations found across different cultures from pagans to modern religious beliefs for over thousands of years. The sun and the stars are the reason.
At some point we must question our beliefs. And always question authority.
I invite you Muslims, Christians, Jews and other organized religions of the world, not so much Hindus/Buddhists/Taoists b/c you peaceful people already recognize the metaphors of your beliefs and this is why you are in fact already of peace, much respect to your crowd but please feel free to join us and learn about the ultimate history and origins of all religion.
Let's go beyond your limited holy books of indoctrination and take it a step further. Just because it's what you were taught doesn't make it real or right.
When you subject yourself to only one set of ideas, you limit yourself from the rest. Step outside and see how it is all connected. We are all connected. See the similarities instead of the differences in order to move towards unity and peace. We are all part of the divine. Religion blurs the lines.
Recognizing metaphors and allegories of your faith as such does not diminish the value they still posses. They can still be used as a positive force in your lives. Use it wisely with a clear understanding that the stories are of symbolic gesture. It's when you folks take this stuff literally that puts us all in trouble, creating barriers. War.
Seek the truth. Know the truth and the truth will set you free. May the force be with us all.
Frank L. Stroehmer
(this video is taken from the first and to me the most important segment of 'zeitgeist')