How does religion affect the lives of it’s followers? Religions affect the lives of its followers greatly because if you're a Muslim you have to pray five times a day, if you're a Jew you can't have any other gods, and if you believe in Buddhism you have to follow the middle path to stop suffering. All these rules you have to follow can take away time from you and can make you give up stuff you have, even make you leave money behind.
Functions and Dysfunctions of Religion Religion is a universal part of many cultures and affects societies through its functions and dysfunctions. Firstly, religion offers a reason for life on earth, by explaining life after death, and giving its followers missions and motives for daily life. It also provides emotional and mental comfort for individuals going through a stressful time; as it gives suffering, stress, and death a purpose. Furthermore, religion sets guidelines for everyday life and is a form of social control. For example, the ten commandments for Christians, karma for Hindus, and the Shariah Laws for Muslims, are social regulations that set a pathway for specific behaviors and attitudes. Contrastingly, religion also negatively impacts society, as it opens doors for conflicts among different belief systems. Historically, crusades and torture were common forms used by religious groups to gain and maintain control. Currently, torture still occurs in some countries as religious groups are fighting for power and believe that anyone who doesn’t believe in their gods or follow their ways deserves to die. Religion may also create anxiety among individuals as they are consumed with following the “rules”, and feel distressed when they violate them. Some followers are not able to meet the set guidelines, such as, not having enough money to tithe, or not having a way to attend church. Meanwhile others have the means to follow the principles but for their own personal
Religion: the best thing to ever happen to humanity or the one thing that is holding us back? While there are many arguments and testimonies that support either side, there is a clear answer. Religion, specifically judeo-christianity, in the western world has an array of disastrous issues ranging from bias teachings to abuse and hate crimes. There are countless examples of ways in which religion has, and is continuing to regress society’s views and morals. Ignorance and disdain from scientific fact, fear to act upon natural human impulse, innumerable human rights violations and of course wars on religion, are topics rarely discussed due to the concern of offending those who have a relationship with the creator. I will not be discussing the
Religion is important to most of the world's population. Throughout history, religion has played a key role in shaping events. While ignorance contributes to intolerance and hate, understanding how others believe fosters not only respect but also peaceful coexistence. Through the centuries, people have done much good in the name of religion (Haynes). Examples can be given to the Crusades.
Religion was created to inspire and give people hope for a better life by worshiping a supernatural deity. However, in today’s society the world has manipulated and shaped the concept of religion into something other than a type of betterment of the human race. Humans are born into this world
Religion changed as well, as Christianity blended with and much of the time subsumed conventional convictions. Maybe the two greatest improvements to impact the lives of Indians were the presentations of the steed and of guns. As of now said, ailments from abroad additionally took an extraordinary toll on local
Part Three: A When people are asked how important religion is to them, the answer comes in a variety of different ways. Many would say that religion is vital factor to living a prosperous life. Others may say that religion is the one thing that divided the human race entirely. Religion can be seen as a powerful tool for many people, but it can also be seen as a weapon. Centuries ago, Europeans invaded Africa and used their own religions and beliefs as a weapon to control the African natives. When learned about this fact, one question could become apparent; how can religion be used as a weapon of mass control? To answer this question, we must first understand how religion is taught, and how it can powerful it really is.
Religion has been a powerful force in human history. Mankind has longed and searched for the answers to its purpose, the reason for being and the possibility of life after physical death. They reasoned that an afterlife would be a place of accounting and reckoning for the life they lived on earth. Religious belief systems seemed to give the answers as to how to prepare for the afterlife. Religion became the means of giving answers to those basic yet deep-seated questions of both life and death. Religion provided a format of rules and laws for conduct and treatment toward others based on the desires and wishes of a god or gods that people envisioned, imagined or invented. Religious belief systems have been a powerful force for good and bad...good in the sense that it provided a measure of individual behavior and order in society for the wellbeing of the whole, but bad in the sense that men of ambition who craved power and control over others would often use religion as a tool of manipulation and fear. A casual glance of history tells us that complete civilizations have been built, grown and maintained around elaborate religious systems, ancient Egypt being a prime example.
In this essay, I am going to challenge the meaning of religion and the dimensions that it covers, while discussing several different questions often asked. Is violence in the world due to religion and non-religious people? People often argue that violence from others is because they are not religious. Instead of concluding that violence and religion are indeed related, what can we do to promote peace and find ways to make things right in the world we live in.
Religion has been present in this world for thousands of years, providing ancient civilizations with answers to their questions and a moral code to abide by. Today, religion still serves that same purpose and more, forming and changing as time goes on. Though religions today may share some elements, they do share vastly different opinions on the soul, time, truth, and the senses, and provide answers and a way of life to those who desire it.
However, there is another side to religion, one that is quite contrary to idea of unification and acceptance. When looking through the scope of history, we can also see religion as an exclusionary tool, often used to differentiate groups of people on an innate level. As many of these idealogies attempt to assert
Today’s world was not one that was theorised to happen. It was believed that over time, there would be a decline in religion. It seems though that the opposite has happened. Religion is now on the rise in both Western and Eastern countries. It can be said that Religion is still very strong force in today’s society (Landmark Digital Limited 2005). This essay will respond to the question of why Religion is still such a strong force in contemporary society. The essay will look at the idea of modernity and fundamentalism and then present three arguments to why religion is still such a force despite theorist claiming that secularisation would rid the world of religion. These arguments are; firstly, globalisation has caused a uprising of fundamentalism due to the clash of civilisations, secondly, people seek the security religion gives them when the state fails to do so and, thirdly, in the western world, people still seek out religion due to the feeling of ‘emptiness’ the lifestyle of the West has given them.
What is a religion to people? Religion provides preservation, awareness, wisdom, teaching of the good or bad. It 's a lifeline for some people. It is the way they associate life and live with it. Religion is how they identify themselves. Religion is very big part of people lives and plays the huge role in their actions. There are good and bad deeds or sin and virtues according to religion. It varies down to religion to religion to its people. Everyone is affiliated with religion in some way or another because it is in our roots. Our elders have strongly believed in religion because it played the significant role in their life. Our beliefs come from the culture and religion we associate with it. It represents what kind of individual someone is.
This course took me on an interesting learning journey beginning with the development of humans from hunters and gatherers to the rise of civilizations and empires in the 16th century. A great emphasis was placed on the origins, development, and achievements of the world’s major civilizations from ancient times to
Religion is very important in every once life as our behavior is influenced by the religion we preach. It explains individuals about their duties to themselves as well as to the society the live in and it also describes how people view the world compared to others. Furthermore, religion shows us path to worship God as it establishes our beliefs in having relationship with God. In other words we can say religion gives purpose and a meaning to life. This purpose provides individual with their individuality and sets each individual apart. This definition of relationship gives us a new zeal life and helps us to climb the ladder of salvation to achieve eternal bliss. The ways of achieving this eternal bliss or liberation of soul is different in different religion. However, to understand this process of reaching this bliss full state one needs to understand the religion and moreover compare it to other religions to have a better insight. This knowledge can be obtained by analyzing the scriptures and religious teachings that shows the methods to reach the goal in life. The two religion that seems more relevant studying Indian Sub-continent religions are Brahmanism and Buddhism. In both of the religions the ultimate aim is to achieve liberation however the way to reach may vary. Therefore, to comprehend this one needs to understand the background of the two religions and the similarities and differences between them. Moreover, to deeply understand the impact of this similarities and