What is religion?
Published 12 Apr 2017
How religion is about “sex and food’.
To survive, one requires having food for giving the body enough energy and sex to guarantee progeny. Similarly, people’s survival for thousands of years depended on religion for life propagation even with little knowledge of genetics (Robert, 2002).
Comprises of organized systems that act to transfer knowledge and information about a particular religion sect. Whereas some are organized into definite structures like Catholicism others like Hinduism have virtually no structures.
Religion and exploration.
Religion has posted a bigger task of digging out more about the world outside and outsourcing inwards to the respective people and nature. As a result, the relation to others, superpowers and our inner selves defines and carves the immediate faith.
Religion and Natural selection.
Religion origin, occurrence and progress concur to a greater extent with the theory of natural selection. This theory argues that all life forms are derivatives of natural unseen and un-understood forces that control it.
Religion about world pictures.
World pictures are about major religious icons, prophets, praying houses, sacred trees and progress in various activities acts as major strengthening rafters in religious beliefs for the followers.
Matter of life and death.
Religions have varying beliefs about life and death. However, they concur in that the activities that happen in an individual are important for a second type of life form after death. They view death as a major transition.
Religion as story.
Over the years the evidence given by the different religions lack conclusiveness in terms of the main origin and life after death. They cannot be fully believed as they lack the testability and thus may be people’s own creations.
Religious belief and behavior.
Beliefs in religions are usually related to existence, nature and worship of a deity or divine involvement. The behavior is dictated by codified or unmodified trends assumed through religious leaders and passed to the later followers.
Myth and rituals.
Religions have been associated with myths about historical events, natural phenomenon, unverifiable existence or metaphors about spiritual potentiality. Again, all religions have their prescribed rituals like meditations, sacrifices, baptism and taking of holy sacraments (Robert, 2002).
Achievements of religion
Over the years, religion has brought people together and ensured that they remain as a family in different sects. Besides, it has assisted in establishing a common destiny and objective for the people in the same sect. It has ensured that the people live lives of respect through loving one another. However, it has divided the people into different sects and along religious lines.
- Robert, G. c. (2002). What is Religion? Introducing the Study of Religion. New York: Routledge.