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What is your point of view about religion?In my opinion religion is not a solid topic....

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marlon07 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 2, 2008 at 5:24 PM via web

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What is your point of view about religion?

In my opinion religion is not a solid topic. NO religion is wrong. the things with different religions is that different cultures throughout time have identified them in different ways. but they do have one thing in common, they all have gods or a god the only different thing about them is that every culture has different names for them. as long as we behave a certain way here on earth we will have a spot where ever it is that we deserve to be.!!! but that only my opinion 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 3, 2008 at 9:20 AM (Answer #2)

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While I agree that most true religions have similar foundations (love one another, do unto others as you would have them do to you, etc.), I would not agree that all religions are equal or right.  There are many cults out there that encourage self-denial or mutilation--take Jim Jones, for instance.  They all killed themselves at his command.  The Branch Davidians (ms?) did the same thing. 

You say "as long as we behave"...that is a relative term.  What do you mean by "behave"?  My definition may not meet yours.  The Christian Bible denounces homosexual marriage...if I behave in that manner, I will not receive a spot in heaven.  The same for abortion or capital punishment...does that apply to the "Thou shall not kill" factor?  Many religions denounce killing...yet we as humans practice this in different ways...mercy killings of terminal patients, death row inmates, abortion, etc.

There is too much to consider to make a blanket statement about religion. 

 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted October 5, 2008 at 10:03 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree with amy-lepore.  We cannot make a blanket statement about religion. The term "religion" encompasses SO many ideas, concepts, and beliefs that we cannot group them all and make statements that apply to all, so to speak.  There are some religions that do promote human rights crimes/violations, etc., that would, by a lot of people, be considered "wrong"; however, these people do not believe these practices to be wrong, so who is to say we are right and they are not (in theory)?  

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 13, 2008 at 2:30 PM (Answer #4)

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Historically religion developed from humanity's need for answers to questions that were and still are 'unanswerable'.For example, where do we come from? is there a God? and where do we go when we die? These types of questions had a profound effect on the human experience and human civilization. Early religions attempted to answer these questions for humanity. As civilizations became more complex religions were used as instruments of socialization, that there were religious consequences for an individuals' actions. The 'Age of Enlightenment' with advances in politics and science,  gave religion its first real challenge. Since that time humanity has had the daunting task of reconciling its 'faith' with the 'facts'. This has led to present day arguments from doctrine, beliefs, politics and the  sometimes not so nice realities that human beings are confronted with. Having said that, I think religion has its place in the human experience, if the human so desires it. Religion is embedded deep among many people, that is why it is so volatile. Religion has the potential to reach the core of a person, it is extremely personal which is why respect by all humanity is necessary if we are to live on the same planet.

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kschlossmacher | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 24, 2008 at 6:35 AM (Answer #5)

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Religion is a collection of rites and dogmas around which people find a commonality. It provides a sense of community and belonging for many who lack that sense in their own lives.

My personal opinion on religion is that a serves a purpose for many people who need the security it offers. Since all religions are based upon myths and many share the same myths, i remain unconvinced that there can truly be one true religion. I think this is also evident in that fact that often time these myths contradict one another.

 Religion becomes a security balnket, a place for people to place their hopes when they have no other place. I find it interesting that recents stats have shown the higher education level of people, the less people hold on to religious teachings.

 I think that we have outgrown our need for religious rules and can survive under the rubric of humanism for our moral mandates. We now understand how the world began, we get the evoultion not just of life, but of society, what use is there a god of magical power upon which to blame things.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 9, 2009 at 5:10 PM (Answer #6)

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Religion is a collective delusion based on ancient claims of 'important messages from the afterlife'.

Anywhere in the world, any religion's claim is the same... "We know God and we know what he wants. So do what we say."

The petty details differ from religion to religion, but the basic rules are the same, "We represent God, here are the rules, obey them."

As Amy points out in post2, there are many dodgy, modern cults claiming religious status. They say they have 'messages' or 'methods' or 'insights' etc.

But Ancient religions were once cults, exactly like modern cults, But they won the religious lottery and became "approved" religions. They are no different from cults, except they've got lots of followers to confirm their validity.

If I had hallucinations that I was George Washington, you would think I am deluded, because nobody shares my delusion. Even if it is my absolute heart-felt belief that I am G.W., you would still think I'm crazy. But if I say I feel 'influenced' in accordance with... Islam/Christianity/Hinduism/Judaiism etc, then many similar people will rush to confirm my delusion and shout 'Hallelujah', instead of calling for a doctor.

Religion is a blend of subconcious fears, instincts and needs; repackaged as wish-fulfillment. The Roman writer Seneca wrote, "To the common man religion is true, To the wise it is false, and to rulers... it is useful"

Nothing has changed since then to make that statement false.

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mcalnan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 2, 2009 at 6:13 PM (Answer #7)

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Organized religion is merely a hierarchical collection of human beings. Human beings who have written pieces of literature, "interpret" literature to tell a story and orally persuade others to believe in what they have to say. Some are more persuasive than others at telling the stories, but ultimately it takes an audience to validate the writings, the story, and the teller. The more important question is persuading people to what end? To oppress others? To suppress their desires? To be better informed on right and wrong within a given culture? To go to war? As it is for anyone in a position of authority, there should be caution when in a position of leadership.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 4, 2009 at 7:07 PM (Answer #8)

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In response to #6:

'"The Roman writer Seneca wrote, "To the common man religion is true, To the wise it is false, and to rulers... it is useful" '

Amen!

 

 

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jenny2010 | Student | eNoter

Posted January 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM (Answer #9)

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 I defy you to find a priest or religious leader that will answer the question, 'what about dinosaurs?' with a plausible answer...

 

and if anyone does, please let me know the answer,  as ive been trying for years, (it does not make you friends in religious circles.) and i also think #6 is a brilliant answer.

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snagglepuss7 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM (Answer #10)

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I believe that one of the key elements to any religion is a sense of purpose to life.  If you are taught that you have a goal and purpose it give the comfort of not being alone in the universe.  That you are not insignificant. That you matter.  Not withstanding the minutia of differences in many religions, a focused belief in a central core of values and the idea of being "created" is a powerful motivator to live your life to those determined standards.

Another suggestion is to not judge a religion by it's masses, but through the individual relationships developed.

Just some thoughts.  :)

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picturesque | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:16 PM (Answer #11)

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All major religions were basically true but with the passage of time their teachings became corrupted by human manipulations. And the main purpose of all religions was to make people believe in the unity of God.

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uneducated85 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 2, 2011 at 9:03 PM (Answer #12)

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born and raised a catholic child ive come to make my own opinion of god, cristianaty and all other religions. i believe that religion was created by man. and it appears to me that as human beings' knowledge and understanding of the earth and the universe has changed, so has the many different religions. in ancient times all the forces of nature such as the wind, the sun, fire and water etc were thought to be gods, and they had no way of knowing how or what created those things and to me at that time, to conclude that some god like superior being was the reason for all the things they didnt understand would be the most logical, at that time with thier lack of knowledge about the world! but obviously since those times we've learned the reasons for wind and rain etc and that is why those believes do not exist any more. also i believe that religion was probably created to control and rule people and their societys. and as times gone by those men have adapted and changed and monipulated the religion to suit the people of the time to keep control. i think that if at least one religion was true, that religion would of been around since before the ancient egyptians and would still be here, unchanged today. but there is no such religion.

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uneducated85 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 2, 2011 at 9:12 PM (Answer #13)

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..... but thats just my opinion, i mean no desrespect to any bodys believes. 

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uneducated85 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 2, 2011 at 9:16 PM (Answer #14)

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born and raised a catholic child ive come to make my own opinion of god, cristianaty and all other religions. i believe that religion was created by man. and it appears to me that as human beings' knowledge and understanding of the earth and the universe has changed, so has the many different religions. in ancient times all the forces of nature such as the wind, the sun, fire and water etc were thought to be gods, and they had no way of knowing how or what created those things and to me at that time, to conclude that some god like superior being was the reason for all the things they didnt understand would be the most logical, at that time with thier lack of knowledge about the world! but obviously since those times we've learned the reasons for wind and rain etc and that is why those believes do not exist any more. also i believe that religion was probably created to control and rule people and their societys. and as times gone by those men have adapted and changed and monipulated the religion to suit the people of the time to keep control. i think that if at least one religion was true, that religion would of been around since before the ancient egyptians and would still be here, unchanged today. but there is no such religion.

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