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A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
Religion is often described as a communal system for the coherence of belief focusing on a system of thought, unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine, or of the highest truth. Moral codes, practices, values, institutions, tradition, rituals, and scriptures are often traditionally associated with the core belief, and these may have some overlap with concepts in secular philosophy. Religion is also often described as a "way of life" or a life stance.
1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
'' Do you have to be religious to be moral? Was Dostoevsky right when he said that if God does not exist, all is permitted? Clearly the answer is “no”. You don’t have to be religious to fight for justice, practise compassion, care about the poor and homeless or jump into the sea to save a drowning child. My doctoral supervisor, the late Sir Bernard Williams, was a committed atheist. He was also one of the most reflective writers on morality in our time.
Yet there were great minds who were less sure. Voltaire did not believe in God but he wanted his butler to do so because he thought he would then be robbed less. Rousseau, hardly a saint, thought that a nation needed a religion if it was to accept laws and policies directed at the long-term future. Without it, people would insist on immediate gain, to their eventual cost. George Washington, in his farewell address, said: “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle ''
“Man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world—and defines himself afterward,” Sartre says. He faults previous atheists for supposing they could remove the concept of God from their systems and still go on talking about human nature and objective values. Instead, “There is no human nature, because there is no God to have a conception of it.”
'' You are born into a situation. Those features of your existence that you cannot change Sartre calls “facticity.” So, you were born into this environment, not another, born to these parents, not some others. Therefore, you might look at these facts as impositions on your freedom caused by past events over which you had no control. But these facts don’t have a meaning until you assign them a meaning. Your true freedom comes to the fore in the ways in which you respond to your facticity. ''
Originally posted by Unium
reply to post by Aeons
I don't believe in any idea that something or someone created existence and everything around us. But I do remember once going to church with my grandma. And the message of love and sharing WAS inspiring ! Truly !
But when certain faiths condemn this and that in a society whilst spreading so called '' messages of love and good will '' to people, it just makes me want to scream HYPOCRISY !
Originally posted by manbird12000
I expect that 4th dimension topics will increase in the next couple of years. I also suspect that the numbers of people, who choose to remain in 3D, will grow angrier and angrier with their limited perceptions. This might cause another divide, if we are not careful.
Originally posted by Tryptych
reply to post by IandEye
Good post and starred, but..
Why? Could it actually be that people corrupted the original teachings and ideals of i.e. Christianity? That the mainstream religions branched from some original root that holds all the basic ideas?
The holy scriptures (mostly in the west) have been modified and corrupted. The "spiritual" liberation of people would completely trash the materialistic society, and that's a no-no for certain parties. But it's happening anyway. You can see and feel how the kids ("indigo" ) are pushing it away simply because it cannot fly anymore.
Out with the old, in with the new.. or something.
And if so, would men and women know more freedoms that they've ever had ?