I'm Middle Eastern and as you know every major religion is from there. Middle Easterners weren't always polytheistic though. It all started from Zoroastrianism. This religion came wayyy before even Judaism. It is the first known monotheistic religion in the world. It encouraged the believers to do good (good words, good thoughts and good deeds were its 3 pillars) and it told them that you will go to hell if you do bad things. It introduced the world to ahriman (the devil) and also introduced heaven and hell.
This religion was the state religion of Iran and was one of the reasons Iran grew to become the largest empire the world had ever seen. The picture you see in my avatar is called farvahar and it's a guardian angel (of Zoroastrians).
MONOTHEISM UNITES PEOPLE UNDER ONE FLAG! Instead of different Persian tribes fighting each other over diff gods, they started uniting under Zoroaster. Instead of killing each other, they went after the "pagan Babylonians" .... all the way to the Greeks.
This made the Persians the sole hyper power for 300 years and a super power for almost a 1000 years. Similarly, around the 600's, a brilliant man by the name Mohamad made up Islam. He did smtg no other man before him was able to do, which was to unite Arabia! He then conquered Persia all the way to Spain (Spain was a Muslim country for hundreds of years).
I don't want to go against the forum's rules by talking against religion, but take it from a Middle Easterner who has seen it all. Religion is made up! However, brilliant military men like Mohamad know how to use religion to their advantage.
The most recent Middle Eastern creation is Bahaism!! It was invented in Shiraz (Iran) in the 1800's by a man named Bahaollah! The guy called himself a prophet and said he is carrying the word of god. Before long he had found followers and this made him a dead man. Now I want you to go on youtube and type in Bahaism and see how people FROM ALL OVER THE PLANET are becoming Bahai!! Today, a mere 200 years after this event, hundreds of thousands (if not millions, I never looked it up) are Bahais and most of them are non-Iranian. Religion is a powerful tool, don't ever forget it.
The bible, torah, Quran etc... were all made up within a few hundred mile radius of where I was born and many like them are being made up as we speak lol
Believe in them if you want to belong, but never take them as reality or "god's words" cuz they aint nothing but the words of smart Middle Eastern individuals <<lol