- Religion and Philosophy
The Comfort of Religion
We live in a world of mystery and wonder. In this world, there are some things that humans will never be able to comprehend. Religion is the attempt to give some reason to the unexplainable.
Religious institutions are amongst the most powerful organizations in the world. Throughout history, they have often had equal if not more influence than the world’s most powerful governments. People give them this power in response to a fear of the unknown. It is evident in our ever advancing society that humans desire to continually improve themselves and their knowledge of the world they live in. Advances in science have answered some of life’s mysteries, but this has not come close to putting our minds at ease. When logic and reasoning can no longer provide an answer, we still need to give some explanation. This explanation is reached through religion.
Understandably so, different cultures have come to varying strains of beliefs. Religion gives people another way to associate and group with fellow human beings. The differences resulting from various religious beliefs, though apparent, are often not quite as extreme as it would first appear. Religion offers people some sort of moral guidance and reasoning behind the world.
People do not like it when something is out of their hands because we thrive off of control over our own lives. Religion provides comfort because then some of life is controlled by some higher power or purpose. People put their trust in religion as a defense mechanism against total incomprehension of the world.
We seek to give life some sort of meaning or significance. Religion can offer an answer to why we are here. The world and its complexities are vast and people will likely never have the answers to many of life’s questions, but religion gives us the opportunity to relax and enjoy the world with utter bewilderment.