Religious Education How do morals & values in specific religious groups guide your life and other peoples lives?

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askteacherz eNotes educator| Certified Educator
First, this is an immense topic to tackle. Therefore, I am going to start by stating that morals and values are never guided in a singular manner by just religion. Rather it is the unification of three entities working in unison that develop an individuals morality and value system. The three areas are, of course, religion; the other two are family and community/education. These three areas ultimately guide an individual in their daily life. The reinforcement from each of these arenas places proper emphasis on a the individual and instills poon them the proper decision making processes. Typically, perhaps herein lies your main focus; of the three areas that seems to be lacking the most in society today is the religious aspect. In the United States, different from our nations days of our founding fathers, the very mention of religion in a public forum is feared for various reason (religious freedom, etc.). It is perhaps the lack thereof religion in most peoples lives that has allowed for much of society to go unchecked, or become morally inadequate or not value each others rights? In closing, religon plays an immense role in shaping the lives of those that it touches. In many societies it drives people to do unthinkable things but in such cases one must then question then the lack of the oher two areas, community and family. I submit that the three act as a checks and balance system... when functioning in harmony it helps to raise a well rounded individual for society.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't understand what you mean by "in specific religious groups" and then the part about you and others.  Do you mean something like "how do Christian values guide Christians and Hindu values guide Hindus, etc...?

I think that this depends very much on how devout a person is.  A very devout person will have their whole life guided by their religion's morals and values, regardless of what their society believes.  By contrast, someone who is less devout may have their life guided to a small extent by their religion's values and to a greater extent by other things (for example, an American Catholic who rejects Church teaching on birth control and divorce but abides by it with regard to not eating meat on Fridays in Lent).

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since the first part of your question (how do morals and values guide your life), I'm going to touch on the second part (how do moral and values guide the lives of others).  I think it would be remiss not to consider how the dominant religion impacts the whole culture of a country.  A countries own religious and cultural values play a part in how inhabitants view cultures that our different from ours or people within our culture that deviate from the norm.  For example, a woman in a Muslim country might be looked down upon for not wearing a head covering even if she isn't Muslim.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

More than anything, it seems that morals and ethical values fostered by religion/culture provide people perimeters.  In other words, there are certain acts that they do not commit, there are certain beliefs that they hold which direct their lives.  Religious beliefs, moral values, ethical standards all give direction to people's lives.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
You can choose one specific religious group, or you can argue that in general one of the purposes of religion is to guide people in their everyday lives. I am not sure how specific your teacher wants you to get, but with that topic you could approach it with three ways: values, religious laws and morality.