Religion Discussion

Religion Discussion

RELIGION DISCUSSION 7

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Definitionof religion

Religionis a strong personal conviction or belief in the existence of a Godor gods by a group of people or a particular sect. It is strictfaithfulness to particular traditional practices or culturalpractices that usually have been in existence for long periods oftime that seeks to explain the meaning of life, after life, spiritualconcerns and the origin of life. There is usually moral code ofethics or behavioral practices that exists within its people. Thesemoral codes seek to address the way people treat each other includingthe outsiders and how to associate when life challenges occurs.

Characteristicsthat make something a religion

Thereare several characteristics that make something a religion. One verymajor component of a religion is the belief in the existence ofsupernatural being. That supernatural being is believed to be thecreator of both humanity and the moral codes. Religion is practicedby a group of people who share the same beliefs.

Sacredplaces are also an important component in a religion. These areusually distinct in nature and help its followers identify witheasily. In the presence of sacred objects or sacred places, thefollowers have certain feelings in acknowledging the presence of asuper being. These feelings may be about guilt, gratitude, adorationor hopelessness. There are communications or interactions with thesesupernatural beings. One commonly practiced activity is prayer. Thisis done by a single person or groups of people and can be eitherquiet or loud

Thereason why religion needs to be organized

Religionneeds to be organized. This is important factor in determining theconduct(s) of its people. This organization usually holds historicalmeanings. There are social practices that are vital to its members.There are some religions that require its ministers to undergocertain studies or experiences. This is an important tool in helpingits members in understanding the world and their role in it. Somereligions conduct sacrifices at certain times in approved places inan organized manner. Organization is an important tool in helping themembers navigate through the world and identifying themselves in it.

Differencebetween religion and spirituality

Mostpeople do not know how to differentiate religion from spirituality.Whereas religion is about beliefs in someone else’s experiencethrough historical recorded information like The Bible or the Quran,spirituality is more personal as it involves self experiences or selfbelieves. Most religions are guided by strict ideologies and setrules that are important to its members. These rules must be observedby its members and are guidelines for ensuring that the peoplenavigate life’s events. Spirituality on the other hand is personaland people are encouraged to be guided by their own intuitions andjudgment by the heart

Theimportance of having a god(s) to make something a religion

Oneimportant component that makes religion an important practice is thepresence of a god(s) or God. This is either a spiritual being that isnot seen, but believed to exist or through creating objects that areworshipped by its followers. God can be defined as the perfect andall powerful ruler of the universe who and has all answers to manymysteries that exists in the world.

Reasonsthat make people religious

Thereare many reasons that make people religious. The most commonly knownreason is the generational cycle that passes from generations togenerations. Childhood indoctrinations are a common reason peoplefind themselves religious. Traditions that have been in existence intheir family are followed. Fear is a strong emotion that makes peoplechoose to be religious. The most common fear is fear of death andwhat happens afterwards. That has been the greatest misery thatreligion seems to be the only entity that holds the answers andcomforts people to accepting it

Impactsof culture on religion and vice-versa

Thesociety and culture are guided by specific and distinct codes ofbehavior. The common practice of religion is an empirical factor thatbinds these two together. Most religions practice specific valuesthat guide its people in defining their behavioral conducts, in theirbeliefs and their lifestyles which are important components ofculture. An appropriate example of these values in example ofChristianity is structured in ‘the ten commandments’. But inalmost all religions, the followers uphold five most importantvalues. These are truth, love, peace, justice, and right conduct. Andthere is an important impact of cultures on religions.

Positiveaspects of religions

Thereare a number of positive aspects that have been brought about byreligion. The most common visible impact that religion has brought tomankind is in the world of architecture. Most religions have distinctand unique buildings that separate them from one another. Mostnotable examples are the Muslim domes and the cathedral buildings.Art has also largely been attributed to religions. Some religionshave inspired some gifted individuals to do creative work insculptures that are easily identifying religious beliefs of differentpeople. There has been and still are beautiful paintings that haveexisted over the years in different faiths. Music is one of thegreatest components that religions practice. Each religion practicesome unique music that is distinct from each other

Valuesof religions in society

Religionhas played a vital role in the values of today’s society. It is theglue that connects mankind and teaches the importance of a qualitylife. It is a form of refuge in the society that is afflicted by painor loss. In this regard it preaches on the importance of letting go.One of the most common teachings in many religions is the importanceof service to all and moving beyond that cocoon of selfishness. Itteaches doing good things to all and getting rewards later on inlife. It is crucial to note that religion is an important factor inmolding the morality of a society. It guides people in identifyingthe right actions that are morally right, hence it provides a commonunderstanding of moral standards. In early childhood education,religion plays a crucial role in districting the boundary of good tobad.

Negativeaspects of religion

Itis however important to identify the negative aspects of religion.The most common one brings about fear. That is one reason that drivespeople to practice religion in the first place. Fear of not acting incertain ways or ignoring certain externally imposed moral conductsthat may result in punishment. Another important aspect of religionis that it preaches self hate or even hating others when oneperceives him/herself to be an outcast for choosing alternative waysof acting that are not conforming to expected standard moral codes.

Anotherimportant aspect of religion to note is that it creates a comfortzone to discovering life’s mysteries. While life gives human beingsa chance to discover and explore life as a continuous lesson,religion brings about settling for historical discoveries that havebeen in existence over many years. It is common knowledge thatreligion has in bad tastes led to religious wars between sects orgroups of people that do not share the same ideals and beliefs andforcefully push others to share they have common practices.

Valuesof learning about religion of the world

Thereexists an important lesson about religions of the world to mankind.One of the most notably distinct rules that of practicing empathy.Empathy is an important lesson that is taught and widely practiced bymany religious sects. It is very important to note that religion hasplaced charity and selflessness as an important culture that ispracticed by successful people. Religion has continually preached onthe importance of giving back to the less fortunate in ourcommunities. It advocates on the need to search and pursueachievements rather than material possession. And in this regard,there are more human interactions within the people.

Socializingis an important component that enhances growth and development in anycommunity. In addition, religion plays a major role in increasedinteractions between people to share good moral standings in thesociety. Most religions explain about the importance of being in thepresent and doing good to get rewards in the afterlife. Buddhismpractices self awareness and meditations that are important healthyvalues. Being responsible for actions is another important value thatis deducted from religion.

Thedetriments of not learning the religion of the world

Besidesreligion playing a positive impacts in the modern world, there existsdetrimental impacts that are clear. For centuries, religion hasplayed an executive role in passing and enacting laws that areclearly blatantly wrong. Religions have caused extreme punishments tocrimes such as adulteries and thievery. Although religion is atraditional voluntary belief, it has contributed to harsh punishmentson certain choices like abortion, homosexuality or the use ofcontraception.