Why are religious questions so popular?
There are loads of questions with the word god in them. Why? Why is religion such an hot topic nowadays?
People love to preach
People love to question the preachers
Others like to taunt and gloat about their beliefs
More like to verbally assault both sides for giggles
Then the cycle repeats
I think here on Hubpages a person can feel safe about expressing their views without losing our friends. I think many of us have friends and acquaintances of various belief systems - perhaps our neighbors - people at work. We like these people, enjoy their company, but if we express our deepest convictions to some, we'd lose that connection that we cherish. I have many friends who study the Bible and get together with other people of the same persuasion and yet they accept me as a friend and I enjoy our friendship as well. To start a religious debate in the "real world" would simply ruin our relationship. It isn't that we are inauthentic with each other, we just respect each other's views, know we won't change each other's minds, and find the ground on which we can mutually agree. Expressing views here is freeing and that's why I think we DO discuss politics and religion on hubpages.
In addition, I think questions of the existence and nature of God are a function of advances in science. As we become more and more able to make life and death decisions in the lab, our understanding of the meaning of life takes on a new dimension. I suspect this interest continue to grow as advancements of humankind continue at exponential rates.
Your application of common sense here is outstanding. Always a pleasure to read something like this.
Well now, that comment made me feel great cj. Ironically I grew up with a loving father who, nevertheless, said to me often, "Billie, you have no common sense." He'd be 105 now. Maybe he was wrong (tee hee) Seriously, thank you.
In this case it's not a bad thing to be anonymous. You can indeed debate topics you would not debate in the open that quickly. And adds to an open debate on topics that might be tabu.
Thanks for your answer Billie
It's not popular as you would think. Most people enjoy a good debate. Some are just asking to make the views on their hub go up. A small amount actaully care about the answers. Religion is one of the most debatable topics which makes individuals feel forced almost to add their opinion.
Without going into a lot of detail, I would just say that religious topics are so popular on the internet because, (1) As Billie so insightfully wrote, people feel more comfortable expressing their views online rather than in person, and (2) religious topics are such a dearly-held subject for many people and provide the framework for their entire life that they feel the need to discuss it in order to further reassure themselves that they are on the right track. This reassurance of one's opinion about life and death can provide psychological comfort and allow them to continue their daily lives according to that framework.
Humanity is going through a crisis. Heavy polarization along multiple lines, expansion of Ego-self, heavy materialism, dissatisfaction with worldly things and more. Spirituality is becoming the only possibility for true satisfaction. More and more people are bumping into this reality. This is the age when it was supposed to happen.
This is what the Kabbalists talked about when the Zohar was first written. This is the age when the code the Kabbalists wrote into the Bible can finally be revealed.
There is an inborn or innate desire to know. It was there in the beginning, and will be there in the end. It is a birthless and deathless question, and the main or only reason, is because man is a spirit being, and all he does in life, consciously or unconsciously, is in quest of freedom or the identity of his true Source.
A more mundane reason is of man becoming dissatisfied with the world,and asking the necessary question of 'who am I?', without which it is almost impossible to make progress.
Yes the desire to know and understand the world around us is critical. Since the beginning of time men asked questions about nature, himself,life and death. Many questions are answered by science and some still linger in the world of the gods.
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