How do you treat your religion? As a social product or an insightful individual?
Insightful individual. Religion is between only one individual and themself.
History will show many religions are tainted with the blood of innocents.
Even Jesus was a victim of religious institutions. Many good people were burnt to the stake, stoned to death or had other evil done to them. Even today many people live in fear. In today's new there is plenty of evidence that this is still going on.
I say go beyond your religion to find God. With God you will find the grandest Joy, Truth and Love no religion can provide.
Both you and God will be pleased. Keep religion out of it.
Ironically, when psychologists ask groups of people whether they consider themselves above-average, average, or below-average, an enormous majority of respondents consider themselves "above-average." This is, of course, humorous, because at least half of all people must be below-average. This leads us to a perplexing conundrum in the above question: who in the world is going to say, "I am not insightful about my religion?" Or, "Yes, I am merely a product of social religious conditioning." We are going to get a skewed distribution anyway, the only people who are going to answer at all are those who are interested enough in religion to begin with, so they are the ones who already consider themselves "insightful."
The ironic side is that everyone is a "social product" anyway. We are all influenced by "the society" in which we live, and even a "free thinker" is only "free" in reference to whatever they are choosing to reject from their culture. If I were a "free thinker" in our politically correct culture, I would be a chauvinist; In Afghanistan the free thinker would be the one who supports, "women's rights." In the end, we live in accord with our culture or against it. In individualistic USA, the norm is to define ourselves as separate, different, and unique. One way or another, we will end up being influenced by the background noise of our culture and be a product of it.
More ironic, however, is that God made us so that, by nature, we are all worshipers. We all worship something or someone. Some worship God, some worship a god they invented, some worship their jobs, or a loved one, or their children. A truly insightful person, when it come to religion, is the one who knows the object of their worship so they understand who is guiding their lives. And if you read enough hubpages, you will quickly see that most people are incredibly unaware of what they are worshiping.
I think that religion is institutionalized faith.While it may be necessary to a certain extent to maintain a semblance of order, i think it sometimes leads to closed minded thinking.In order to find God (I am a Christian, so i am only speaking about my faith), it is sometimes important to have some soul searching and find some insight.
Religious institutions have been know to become quite complacent and veer off the course in order to safeguard their interests.
An example is the Catholic Church and all those sexual abuse cases.The Bible does not condone such abuse, yet the senior members of the Church seem to.That for me is an example of religion as a social and at times, a political product.
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