The Buddha did not believe in God, the soul, or salvation. He concluded, after years of searching, that there 'was no evidence.' And he may have been the first proponent of the god myth. Argued by many contemporary scholars, the myth holds that primitive man created the idea of all controlling ‘supreme beings’ as a means of gaining some influence over the fears and mysteries of their lives through prayer and sacrifice. Instead, the Buddha believed that the problems of mankind were the product of human behavior, and thus curable by man and 'the way.'