I don't know what is going on in this world. Maybe it's just me, but I find that the validity that is given to religious beliefs are in my view insanely ridiculous. When it comes to Judaism, Christianity, and the Bible I find it disturbing that people are willing to go to great lengths to understand what is blatantly obvious given the origins of these belief systems. The fact that they are all a particular society's cultural beliefs and are not historical but rather entirely rooted in myths.
In my case it only took a straightforward and literal reading of the bible to see that it was all nothing more than myth making. I did not have to go to college to learn Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek to see what was obvious to the discerning reader: that no matter what language you read the bible in it's still nothing more than ancient mythology. Because of the fact that these myths are intermingled with history to a certain degree, it makes historians want to give these tales some sort of validity or benefit of the doubt.
The myths that were formerly believed and observed before monotheism were all polytheistic in nature, and took a lot of effort to appease the innumerable deities that they believed to have existed. There were deities for pretty much every aspect of nature, there were local and provincial deities, etc. Think of the Catholic church and their various saints in order to see this in a much clearer light. The Catholics have an intercessory saint for pretty much every imaginable misfortune or ailment you might encounter, and so depending upon your need you may call upon one of those saints to intercede before God in your favor.
It stands to reason that in the case of Judaism someone finally got tired of praying to every imaginable deity under the sun. As a result of this monotheism was born, instead of praying to many gods why not just name a supreme God and pray to him instead? I don't know about you but this type of reasoning seems to make a lot of sense to me.
I am convinced that because of the connection with religion and politics throughout ancient history we can get some clues as to what was going on around the times these tales were made up. Otherwise, the validity of religion as a field of study is nothing more than a waste of time and effort. If you are studying for the benefit of familiarizing with what people once believed as we do today when we study Roman and Greek mythology or the religious beliefs of the Maya, Incas, etc. Then it's fine as long as you are aware that what you are studying is not factual.
That is not the case with religious studies today as it pertains to the Bible or the Koran. Because both books mix some historical facts with myths historians and religious scholars can't seem to separate the one from the other unless you are a skeptic and non-believer. One thing is certain about myths and that is that they tend to grow as a result of building off of one another. When a society is exposed to a different culture and their religion, you can later see some borrowing that has transferred into their myths and religious beliefs as a result of their exposure to a new culture.
The Hebrews wanted their own identity and so it is not so far fetched to believe that as part of this new identity they also wanted to have their own deity and religion. Something that separated them from the rest of the crowd. But even in this attempt they could not help but borrow elements from other preexisting myths from the Babylonians, Egyptians, Canaanites, and others. The Epic of Gilgamesh is but one of many examples.
In conclusion as I stated in the title all religious beliefs are rooted in mythology. That being said there should be no reason why one myth in this case Christianity or even Judaism should be held more valid than another. A myth is a myth and if we are at the point where we are going to accept myths as reality then we should not stop with the traditional beliefs why don't we resurrect some of the more ancient Greek myths? It would be quite fun to believe in unicorns and a pantheon of gods forever at war with one another. These beliefs were stupid then and they are even more sillier now in an age of learning and scientific progression.