I don't think the garden of eden was ever meant to be thought of as an actual place on earth, to me it seems more like a sort of principle pwopel should work towards?
I also think that Jerusalem is in some ways similar: It is by no means the most amazing city in terms of location, resources, etc... but millions of lives have been lost in battles over this city. It's almost like they aren't fighting over the place itself but the idea of owning it.
Israel is a unique situation.
It exemplifies why literal reading of myths is damaging to humanity.
That situation has nothing to do with religions but the participants are using religions as a springboard to manipulate their secular governments.
Take religions out of the equations and peace will have a chance because then it is just a mater of demographics and those are relatively easy to fix because the number crunchers will find the solutions that passionate religionists cannot find because of ancient biases.
There are too many tribes at play. When two get closer, a third faction get's worried about it's position and power and causes mischief for all.
Secularism is slowly taking over and therein lies the solution but that is a painfully slow process when too many factions are on a war footing.
Religions, FMPOV, have to get their immoral asses out of politics.
I answered another this morning with the following and I will make an O.P. some time with it. It speaks in part to these issues. Please have a look and opine.
Gnostic Christians do not hold supernatural beliefs. That is partly why Christianity decimated us. We basically told them to shove their idiotic supernatural based beliefs up their empty minds.
Gnosis, in part means knowledge. Not non-knowledge, which is what the supernatural is. All the supernatural is fantasy.
Do people deserve a God they can see and argue law with, or do we deserve hidden Gods who we can never look in the eye, like Yahweh, and tell them to their face that they are pricks?
I think that if we hide our God or if they hide from us it proves that they are false Gods. A real God would step up.
Most religions promote delusional thinking. I have no problem with that when no harm is done by them. There are all kinds of good crazy people. It is the evil crazy religionists that I fight.
Christianity and Islam are retarding humanities spiritual growth with their homophobic and misogynous policies. If those religions cannot give their own people equality, it means that they are already denigrating and discriminating against half the members of all the other religions and non-believers so how can we ever have a rapprochement within the heart of the world?
Especially while those vile unequal policies promoted by Christianity and Islam are in place.
The mainstream religions therefore make rapprochement impossible and are what is causing most of the tension and evil in the world.
Get rid of religions and you get rid of war. War begins with inequality and that is what Christianity and Islam are all about.
My hate of the religions on offer is not personal. Religions cannot touch me as I have move above their station.
Truth is, the church that helped me would likely see me as a traitor to it. They would be right.
I have been helped quite a bit by the church and owe them much. I was lucky that the evil within some of their evil systems did not get to me. The hate you see in me is me trying to pay them and the rest of the world back for the easy life that I have inadvertently had.
Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
I show my love and try to repay humanity by showing what should be hated.