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Importance of religion
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Importance of religion
Welcome to our article (39), importance of religion
Talking about a study of religions and how they serve humanity
May God help me to say the right things in these religious writings?
Whichever way we look at it, we must admit that we need religions, so, let us talk about it.
Today there are people that sometimes are not sure about their religious beliefs, so, one may ask: Is religion so important and necessary to exist for all humanity?
The answer to this question should be definitely yes, because really religion has been and is very important to humanity; to convince ourselves that religions are important, it should be enough to look at some important religious events that are happening today, and the great numbers of people that attend them.
So, let us try to explain in my own ways the Importance of religion. I believe that religion is necessary and very important to every living soul, because it is in our nature that we need to believe in God and religion to live a meaningful life. I need to say here, that some of us cannot escape this religious need, because some religious beliefs can appear in our dreams, as I am going to show you, in this article, when I talk about my religious dreams. Anyhow, generally speaking, we have always felt the need to believe in a higher power, and we call this higher power God, which we like to turn for help when we are not sure about ourselves; we need religion also to explain our own existence of course, and if we don’t believe in any religion then we might feel that life is meaningless. And therefore, we will start asking questions about our own existence and this again will show us the need and importance of religion.
Religions are also a set of rules of how people should live their lives, so, they help us to decide what would be good to do during our own lives; of course we may say that there are also man made rules that would help us to decide how to live our lives, but those rules need to be learned and enforced by the government authorities, whereas the religious rules are self-imposed, because of your own religious beliefs, therefore religions are important to guide us even these days, as they have been important in the past.
You see, we need only to look back at the history of mankind, where we will find that there have always been many religious beliefs; we will find that all sorts of civilizations had their own religious beliefs. Even though some if not most of those beliefs nowadays have been proven to be untrue, never the less they were very helpful to the people of those times, because they helped to create a meaningful life for them, since their religions helped them create a way of life according to their own beliefs.
Wherever we look in the past we find evidence that people have always believed in some sorts of religion, with gods who were more powerful than themselves (that is us humans), which we humans liked to turn for help when we would find ourselves in an awkward and dangerous position. Most groups of people and entire civilizations have also believed in the afterlife, which would give them some sort of immortality, since no one likes to die and disappear forever. Some of these religions proved to be good in the ancient world, some of them were however not as good, and a few of them were really disgusting, as they believed in human sacrifice, in order to keep their gods in a favorable mood for the rest of the community.
Today those ancient sacrificing religions have disappeared, and the pagan religions have disappeared and they have been replaced in the western world with Christianity, but some of those archaic religions have left the signs of their existence. So, nowadays there are still statues of gods and goddesses to be seen; there are ancient books where one can get some ideas of what some of these religions were like; there are some words in our language which come from these ancient beliefs; as there are the names of the planets of the solar system, which come after the name of gods and goddesses of the pagan world; in everyday language, love sex and sexual diseases, they all seem to have something to do with Venus the goddess of love; and also many more other signs of their past existence those ancient religions have left behind. We believe that it would be a good thing if some of those beliefs were written down in here, so that we could remind mankind from where those meanings have come from, and they could also be used in religion not as a belief to believe in; but just to learn and compare with the belief that mankind has always had the need to believe in something spiritual and higher them themselves.
Before we say anything else about this religious subject, I want to point out that because this subject is controversial usually here we should say something for our readers peace of mind; but in this article we are not writing the full version, we are going to give you a link where you can find this article written in full, if you want to read it at, 'Religious view point,' So, we conclude this first part with a prayer to God for guidance.
I AM PRAYING GOD FOR GUIDANCE.
Our Father in heaven, to you I turn God Most High, and I start to pray with all my heart, my soul and my mind earnestly. In the name of The-Father The-Son and The-Holy Spirit I am praying, hoping that the ever-present guiding force of the Holy Spirit on earth would guide and help me; So, that through my beliefs and spiritual consciousness, I would be able to write these religious writing as humanly as possible per your will. Father, hear my prayer and guide and help me! Amen.
Prayers of Reconciliation article
Beliefs and spiritual consciousness
Now that we have looked in general terms, about the old religions and the need we humans have for religions, let us now look at our own beliefs and spiritual consciousness that we have about ourselves today? We all know that religion and religious beliefs are very complex and there are many other things to keep in mind and follow as well. Because everything we do or believe in life has got something to do with our conscious or subconscious mind and therefore our own spiritual beliefs, it has always been like this and we have to find our own ways about, our religious consciousness and spiritual beliefs.
Therefore, at this point of time one may ask the following questions, just to clarify the situation. We would like to know now, what do you mean by conscious and subconscious mind? What would be your personal religious beliefs, since you believe in religions? And, what were those old religions like and where did their beliefs come from?
We have reasons to believe that our consciousness or sub consciousness have always played a part in religion, because most things that we believed a long time ago, we are still believing today, so, this field of consciousness is very wide and includes many things, one of this examples could be found in our dreams, the old religions and today religions they both take into consideration our dreams. Now, here I have to admit that what is going to follow may seem to some of you dear readers that I am changing subject, but I am not, as I am still talking about religious things in my Prayers of reconciliation writings in this article called, Importance of religion.
You see, since the beginning of recorded time, people have always believed that some dreams may indeed come from our spiritual side; so, one should accept that perhaps dreams are indeed a way of communication between the living and the dead, or if you want between the living dimension and the spiritual dimension, which our conscious or subconscious mind could be able to communicate at certain times of our lives.
Therefore, one would say that when we are sleeping, we could be in a position to communicate with the spiritual world; I want to say this because what follows hereunder are a few religious dreams, which I dreamed and they seemed so real to me that I felt that I had indeed met these spiritual forces in my dreams?
Now, as the writer of these Prayers of Reconciliation religious writings, I am going to describe to you my personal religious beliefs and they include also my dreams; my personal religious beliefs are those of a modified Roman Catholic person, I am saying modified because there are some issues that I do not agree completely with this religion, as it is practiced today.
Anyhow in order to give you an insight of my religious beliefs I am going to tell you some of my religious dreams, as you all know dreams usually reflect the inner most part of what a person belief are. I want to do this because last week in the Hub Pages I wanted to reply to one of those questions that asked, about having a relationship with Jesus Christ, since I could not answer that completely, I said that I would answer it in my next hubs here, so here I am, and I am going to tell you my religious dreams about our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is Our Lord Jesus Christ
First dream about Jesus Christ
MY FIRST DREAMS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
In this first dream about Jesus Christ and other spiritual forces, what I dreamed is this:
I seem to go around in many unknown places, as we all know dreams can take us in very strange places, some of these places are good and some are not so good. At one stage during my dream I seem to be in danger, because some evil force or people are after me to rob me or harm me. So, I try to run away from them, while I am running away from this danger, I try to find some safety by knocking at a stranger door, the door opens and an old Lady lets me in, I felt safe in there, because there were some wise mature people inside, I wanted to thank the Lady (who may well have been the virgin Mary) for letting me in: But they all the people seem to smile back at me, as if I knew only half what was going on. So, I started looking around to find the reason, and there I see my own mother beside me in company with the old Lady: So I could not help it; (as I was aware in the dream that my mother had passed away a few months before) So, I asked my mother: (in my own native language, which translated in English is) Who sends you here to help me? Is it Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary? There was no much else to be said, as I was waiting for an answer from my mother, but it did not happen, but I could feel that I was right in saying that. Anyhow, this dream ends here because I woke up.
Face of God or Lord Jesus Christ
Second dream about Jesus Christ
My second dream, I had one more dream soon after this dream that I have written above, that is after a couple of nights or there about: and here again it seems that the evil force or evil people are after me, as they want to rob or harm me, it is because they think that I have in my possession something that’s very important to them, I do not know what this something is, but they are all after me anyhow. They seem to catch up with me, and I feel that I could not escape from them anymore, so, I knew that I was in grave danger because they were the evil ones. So, in my despair I turned to heaven and prayed God to help me. At that moment, there was not a cloud in the sky when I started to pray, but soon two large eyes formed in the sky and they were looking down upon me, and winged at me benevolently, a large and well defined head formed in the sky like a portrait, and this head seemed to fill up most of the sky. At the sight of this God send head figure the evil ones were frozen with fear, and did not move a single step to grab me. So, they all stopped frightened in a corner of this lake, while I was on the shore of this lake looking back at them, as they seemed to shrink in size on a small boat, it was as if they wanted to hide from this mighty force up in the sky.
At the same time I became aware that, what the evil ones wanted from me did not belong to them or to me, but was something that had in possession, which had to be divided into three parts, and one part of this belonged to mother: The dream did not explain who the mother was, and since it is very unlikely that it would be my mother; then the mother very likely would be mother nature, or perhaps God, since God is everywhere and could be said to be equals to mother nature.
After that, when I woke up in the morning, this dream became very important to me, because in the morning I found a red spot on my forehead between my eyes, it was small but it was just like one of those religious people from India make on their forehead for themselves.
So, my question is now: Did I in my dream really call on this heavenly force? And the heavenly force came to help me, and then left a sign on my forehead to let me know who that heavenly force was, and that I should remember the meaning of this dream that I dreamed.
I hope you see what I mean, when I talk about religious beliefs and the Importance of religion.
Jesus Christ the morning star
Another spiritual dream about Jesus Christ
Dear readers, I am sure that after reading the title of this sub-article you might want to ask me, how many dreams about Jesus Christ I have had?
Well I have had a few dreams about Jesus Christ and this is just another one of them. Now, we want to give the right meaning to the following dream and also prove the Importance of religion, since we believe that religions are important to us all. To do that, we must point out that we have to assume that when we are sleeping, we could be in a position to communicate with the spiritual world; I want to say this because what follows hereunder is a religious dream that I had and it seemed so real to me that I felt that I had indeed met this spiritual force.
So, I dare ask these questions to you my readers, especially those readers that believe in the spiritual world: Do you believe in dreams? Do you believe that we may indeed communicate with the spiritual world in our dreams? Has anyone else met Christ? Even if this event was only a dream, because a while ago I did answer this question myself in a discussion group and this is what I had to say:
The question in this group discussion was: Has anyone else met Christ?
I had to answer that question thus:
Perhaps I have met The Lord Jesus Christ in a dream? This is a special dream that I should have written down soon after I dreamed it but I didn’t: So now I will write only that part of the dream that seems very important to know, just to keep the record and its meaning.
To make a long story short I will only tell you this important part of the dream: As we all know dreams are always somehow different from normal life, sometimes we all dream dreams that are somewhat in another dimension, or physically impossible in real life, anyhow I was dreaming that I was flying in the sky, a lot of times I dream that I am flying, so this dream is a normal dream for me, and this is when I believe I have met the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the dream,
I was dreaming that I was up in the sky above the sub-continent of India and I was
searching for I don’t know what, there was a very large benevolent field force near and above me, this force was filling about half the sky of India; I felt that this heavenly force was very friendly to me, so, I did not do anything to avoid it or to enquiry about it; at a certain point this force spoke to me to introduce itself in a friendly manner saying:
Do you know who I am? (And then in answer to itself said) I AM THE MORNING STAR.
Although this dream lasted a bit longer, there was no much else of importance said after that between me and this field force and the dream slowly fades away.
At the time of this dream I had no idea who could be THE MORNING STAR:
But since then I have found out that THE MORNING STAR could only be The Lord Jesus Christ.
So, I believe that this dream is my close encounter with the lord Jesus Christ.
This is what I could call my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Of course, THE MORNING STAR has different meanings to different people, but for me in my dream THE MORNING STAR can only be The Lord Jesus Christ. I have found this out from the Bible, in Revelation the last page of the New Testament, where Jesus introduced himself through this angel saying. I am of David’s line, the root of David and the bright star of the morning. I believe that I don’t need any other proof to believe that the morning star in my dream was indeed our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now that I have talked to you about my religious dreams, which I believe they help linking with our need of religions, since we believe that religions are important. Now, I would like to add another link for the same purpose, by going back to talk about one of the first questions, what were those old religions like?
Gods and ancient religions
What were some old religions like
WHAT WERE SOME OF THOSE OLD RELIGIONS LIKE?
In this article of Importance of religion, I am writing this chapter not because I want my readers to believe in the following old religions; but because I want my readers to see that people have always needed religions. I also want my readers to understand that even though these religions were false, they gave those ancient people who believed in those religions a sense of help, so, they felt better for practicing them and believing in those religions. We want to talk about all religions, just like in my writings of Prayers of reconciliation, where we want to analyze all sorts of religions to find the best one.
Anyhow, just to give you something to read about those old religions, here is a link to one article in Hub Pages from Anita Smith; http://hub.me/agotI This is a well written article that will give you some ideas of how those religions were then. Today we would say that they were a bit strange, but anyhow, this is what some people have believed in for a while.
Now, if people can feel better just practicing religion, even when later they are proven to be false; then how much better it could be if one practices a true religion were God is alive and real? This is the question which I want my readers to understand, I want my readers also to keep in mind that the aim of my religious writings is to find a way about how one can find our real living God and how to practice the true religion, hoping that we would be able to prevent those nasty terrorist things that happen today in the name of religions.
But now as we want to know a bit more about these old religions, let me go back to talk briefly about old religions.
Some of those pagan religions believed in many gods and goddesses: The ancient Greeks and the Romans believed that their gods and goddesses were immortal and they lived on Mount Olympus Greece. Every god had special tasks to perform, which were very much like the ministers of a democratic government of nowadays. Those gods had as their king Jupiter the most powerful of them all, he had in his hands thunder bolts which could strike anyone if and when he wanted; his wife was Juno who was a very strong and powerful goddess. Jupiter was the son of Saturn and ruled all over the earth, there were other gods and goddesses who helped Jupiter in doing what had to be done, some of which were: Mars god of the war, Mercury, Apollo, Venus the goddess of love, and many more. Jupiter also had two other brothers, one was Neptune king of the seas, and the other was Pluto king of the underworld.
But if one wants to understand what all these gods were doing one should really read old literature, like The Iliad, the Odyssey or The Enid and other similar old books. There is a lot more to say about old religions: but since old religions are a thing of the past, I do not want to spend much more time on this subject, so, I believe that this chapter should end like this in order to make sense.
My dear readers, I believe that since humanity needs religion to live a good and meaningful life; then we must try to find and believe in the true living God and the true religion and then practice that, because it will be worthwhile if we want to live our lives properly.
Nowadays religion seems to be bypassed, the public does not follow the mainstream religious ways that they were usually following in the past, so this question arises:
Why religion is not as popular as it used to be?
What can we do to make religion attractive to people?
Do we need a different approach to Religion?
So now, let me start from the beginning, and let’s see what we as people really think about ourselves to begin with: And then, step by step or link by link by rational reasoning we have to try to reach our goal, which is to find our way to the meaning of our life. So, what should we believe about our life. So, in next hub I will talk about people life and religions.
See you soon.
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