In today’s busy world, religion plays as a drawback for people who are always on the go. It offers them sanctuary in times when they feel that things are getting out of hand. Unlike in the past eras, where religion can dictate and lead its followers to war, religion today is more peaceful. Primarily, because the laws of religion are separate from the laws of men. And because the laws of religion are not strictly followed by patrons anymore.
Religion today may not be that big of a deal, but still for some people, religion plays a crucial role in their lives. As it offers them peace, it also offers them a way to accept certain reality that occurs in everyone. For example, it offers them ways of releasing a person who has passed away. Religion, especially its leaders can give advice to people who have troubled minds. What this paragraph states may seem contradictory to the first, but it is still covered in the statement that religion is a drawback, a sanctuary for people.
Maybe it is just that people today are not contented with the religion that they are born into, that is why they do not take it seriously anymore. But a lot of people who were not able to find answers in their religion found an easy way, and that is to change religion. Nowadays, there are a lot of religions or sects or cults that sprung from old religions, especially in Christianism. Since, there are a lot of different interpretations of the Bible, people came to have different opinions, which brought about the different sects. Now, each sect is trying to gather people to join them.
Religion as a whole may seem obsolete in our world today, but people always needs something to hold onto, to make them sane in a world full of deception and somewhere to go to release tension and stress. Not just in a spa, or club. It may not seem true but religion can have a calming effect for those whose troubles found roots in spiritual emptiness and can not be solved by earthly recourse.
Religion is a belief wherein followers find solace for their troubled minds and where they find answers that gives them spiritual growth. A god is the supreme being that rules over a religion. Sacred is something or a being that is worthy of reverence. Most sacred things are what religions treasure the most and what they treat with utmost care. Ritual is a sequence of things to do to be able to achieve a task. Myth is a belief that offers unverifiable proofs of events where a person or a sacred thing exists.
According to Carrigan (1995), deism is a movement of system or thought advocating a natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe. To Alston (2002) theism is the view that there is a single, ultimate and supremely perfect source of being, on which all other than itself depends at every moment for its existence, and which appears to us as personal. From Geisler (1991), polytheism is the name given to a specific religious situation, one that is characterized by plurality, a plurality that manifests itself in many forms. Monotheism is the belief that God is One (Bass, 2003). Mysticism is any type of theory asserting the possibility of attaining knowledge or power through faith or spiritual insight (Donner, 1997). In Urban’s (1939) view, symbolism is the representation of any moral or spiritual thing by the images or properties of natural things. Fundamentalism was a response to the loss of influence traditional revivalism experienced in America during the early years of the twentieth century (Jones, 2001).
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