I think today there is actually a difference in the terms "religion" and "faith." In this question, I'm taking your word, religion, to mean faith in something outside of this world, as an explanation for things we cannot see or understand. Therefore, like post 2, I think religion serves as a means of explaining the unexplainable. Out of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of different faiths and religions, all of them provide an answer for how we got here, where we go when we die, and why we are here. Therefore, generally speaking religion gives humans purpose in life.
Common religious beliefs or faith also provide natural boundaries for communities to develop. People who live within the social confines of one specific belief tend to accept others who are in agreement and help each other out. Many faiths preach that serving and helping others regardless of their personal beliefs, is the right thing to do. In that way, religion or faith also promotes acts of selflessness, humanity, charity, and responsibility.
One must first define the meaning of religion and whether it is something that fits in our lives.
A religion is a philosophy based on spiritual beliefs. It aims to dictate a canon that would help to heal the spiritual side of the individual and, eventually, it will permeate into the dynamics of life.
This being said, a religion may only be important to those who a) believe in that there is such a thing as spiritual needs, and b) need some form of moral or emotional support to enhance their lives.
If you are one of those two types of persons, then practicing some form of religion may help you find ways to (for example) meditate, pray, practice your patience, strengthen your levels of tolerance to adversity, help you understand the nature of people.
Therefore, being that having a religion is a choice, perhaps it is a good choice for those who need to learn ways to understand their lives, and that of others.
I think the third question is interesting to ponder. I believe that if we have no religion, other ideologies will take the place of religion. We can look historically at states that have tried to ban religion, and in many of these cases a kind of non-theistic "state religion" took over, in which the head of state was revered and deified just like a god would be in a traditional religion. Also, many non religious people have strong attachments to on ideology or another (environmentalism, secular humanism, objectivism, materialism, etc.). Ideologies help create community and give people a sense of purpose and order. I think that in the absence of religion, people will find other conceptual frameworks in which to ground their lives.
I am glad that this is in the discussion section of this group! You will receive a wide range of different answers. For me, I think that religion is helpful in terms of us as humans having some way of understanding what is not understandable in our lives. We need to be able to have some way of thinking about and conceiving the eternal rather than the temporary which our lives occupy. I think man has always had some form of religion throughout his existence, so there will never be a time where we will not have religion.
The role of religion in social life depends very much on who you are and where you are. With some religions, the church is the center of social life. This is typically true for people who are firm believers in their religion. For example, in my part of the US, the LDS church tends to be a very important part of its members' social lives. They have many church functions ranging from summer camps to sports activities.
Unfortunately, one aspect of religion in the life of the world has involved conflicts between religions -- conflicts of the sort that are still very relevant in the world today, particularly in the middle east as well as on the Indian subcontinent. It is not at all unlikely that some kind of atomic warfare may eventually break out because of fundamentally religious tensions.
i think the purpose of religion is to provide us with a greater perception of life. To give us a greater aspiration or goal and puts things in accordance. there are so many people out there who perform acts of kindness and show selflessness yet religion wasnt their focal point of these actions, its honourable that they do that..but what of those who dont have these morals to equip them with their travels in life? dont you think that perhaps having a greater, omniscient being..a king or governing body keeps things in check
Importance of religion in one's life
Why is religion important in our life?
How is it important?
What will happen if we will have no religion?
What is importance of religion in our social life?
You asked, "What will happen if we will have no religion?"
I believe that religion stops people from thinking clearly and from taking resopsibility for their own moral choices. Religions tell their believers what to believe and what is right or wrong. I think this is very very dangerous because these religious instructions were written 1000s of years ago and do not relect modern values.
I think if we had no religion then we could grow up as a global community. Religion is an anchor which is holding us back from developing emotionally and socially.