How does religion affect our everyday lives?
I know that religion is an important part of everyone's life and it makes a huge difference but my question is how do we come to believe it? Moreover my question is leading to why is it that we can easily believe in religion and god but we easily doubt others things that we are told today? We tend to deny a lot of things today without solid proof but religion is something we seem to accept without solid evidence. I understand there is morality and we do get good and bad, but how do we know the stories are true?
I believe that a lot of us/those who consider themselves religious are so because of the way that they were raised.For me, from the time of the crib to adulthood church was all I knew.Everything that I saw or even judged was based on a religious up-bringing.I knew no other way to look at the world.God has always been something that we except as truth; solid, physical evidence has never been an issue, he is that he is.
Everyone following those "truths" must do it based on faith alone.Fortunately we live in a day and age where we can research just about everything.I fall in the research catagory, I choose never to just except things at face value.Ignorance may be bliss but the truth can and will set you free.
Religion binds our minds in a stink of ignorance. To have faith is to ignore everything, but what your religion allows you to believe in. We can see it affect our lives in many ways. Our schools allow "intelligent design" crap to be taught along with verifiable and fact based theory and applications. We see it with our medical advancements being slowed due to zealots thinking that stem cells have a consciousness. Scientists are mostly interested in blastocyst embryonic cells, which in humans is 70-100 cells. I doubt they are conscious. We see it argued by nutcases after committing horrible violence, in the name of god, and released or put into a nice hospital. All of these are acts of a still infant species, in what is hoped to be the last gasp of religious delusions.
This is why religion is all about faith.You have to have faith that what you believe in is true.When in doubt one should feel free to seek answers wherever you can till you find them.Prayer also helps in decision making.
What a question! It effects every individual in a different way. By we, who are you talking about, because I know more people who don't believe it all because of the lack of solid evidence than people I know who do truly believe. I hate to admit it, but I personally am always 'on the fence' as much as I wouldn't like to be. I am a realist.
I think that religion can put a lot more pressure on us, or it can ease the pressure. It can make us more judgemental or (true christians) less judgemental...it can make us feel more judged and accepted or less so. It can cause war or prevent war. It depends on the interpretation of God and his book...and the God that the individual believes in.
There are so many religions, temples, churches, and other places of worship. These are the places that we were brought to when we were younger and taught to have faith in a particular practice. In all honesty, we belive what we want. I agree that there is not much evidence in many of the religions, especiaiily the stories. I struggle with this myself. Ultimately I want to believe and that is why I believe.
Here is something to think about: Why does our money in the United States say "In God We Trust". Does God back the money that is getting printed?
Folks insist on pitting Christian faith against evidence when in fact much of science has a huge faith component and true faith is not blind but rests on evidence. The scientist BELIEVES in his own capacity to analyze what he observes. The Christian rejects a faith that is fanciful and imaginative. If Christ has not risen (read evidence) our faith is in vain. I Corinthians 15
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