Religion–it is something that has been in existence since the beginning of time. It brings meaning to life and death. It creates a sense of belonging in the world. On the other hand, religion, or lack thereof, has also been, in many instances, the cause of oppression, warfare, and even terrorism. Sometimes religion is used to the advantage of one’s self.
According to Durkheim, these reminders of religious belongingness create, express, and reinforce the cohesion of a social group. According to functionalism, individuals who perform a religious ritual or practice do so not only for spiritual reasons, but also to express their identification with the religion and its members as a whole. The integration of a society is the foremost requisite for human survival. Religion emphasises societal integration by authorising society’s values and norms by providing divine sanctions for normative behavior and through creating rituals that strengthen feelings of collective
Religious symbols provide identity and create social solidarity for their members. For instance, a symbol is a condensed way of communicating, they are sacred emblems that may evoke feelings of awe or reference. Symbolic rituals, are ceremonies or repetitive practices which help to unite people in ethical unity. Symbolic Religious experiment, it’s when people may enter the supernatural world when encountering “GOD.’ It’s when something in your body maybe your souls feels the close contact, it may be things such as; watching the sunset, when it rains, seeing a dove fly above your head, the clouds may appear as religious figures or even a life transformation experience. Conflict perspectives- Theorist are vastly critical of religion, Theorist stress religion is vague and contradicts evolution.
From the Bible, we can know that the Holy Spirit is indeed a Person because He has a mind, emotions and a will. The Holy Spirit thinks and knows. • I think about the Holy Spirit in both ways. The Holy Spirit is a person with power or force in action. Micah 3: 8 Luke 1:35.
Rituals of various sorts are a feature of almost all known human societies, past or present. It is performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is depicted by a religion or by the traditions of a community. It may be performed by a single individual, a group or an entire community. All rituals have a purpose, but they all vary; some may include compliance with religious obligations or ideals, satisfaction of spiritual or emotional needs, and sometimes simply for the pleasure of the ritual. In Ancient Egypt, their rituals were based on religion, their belief in the rebirth after death became their driving force behind their funeral practices.
The rules of the Empire helped the religion gain followers and territory because the ideas and rules were desirable and ethical. A feeling of security made Islam a popular religion. In the verses from the Qur’an, which consist of the teachings and words of Allah, revealed through Muhammad, it tells the rules and expectations of the Muhammad and the Empire. The Qur'an also tells how if the rules are followed, men and women shall enter paradise, and blissful promises are also made if rules are followed (Doc B). A feeling of security at the conclusion of life, led many people to become Muslim so the Empire could expand.
Religion was the center of Puritan life. The Puritans wanted to live lives of moral purity. The lives of the Puritans were defined by religious principles. Their religious beliefs were what defined their individuality. These beliefs affected the life of a Puritan in many ways including in education, jobs, life at home and life at church.
The religious arguments precisely mean that experiences are part of religion and contribute towards ups and downs of faith, achievement and doubts. The religious experiences are ones which are connected to God or God’s action. The religious experiences are divine according to some philosophers and therefore God Exists. These experiences are on the whole similar to perceptions or also taken as vertical and further more they show world accurately according to some philosophers these religious experiences are similar to each other. These experiences are concerned with three topics.
As we communicate with ourselves and other we co-construct our self- identity (Stewart, 2012). I can personally relate to my identity changing according to my relationship with Christ changing. As a Christian, I can recognize that people have the ability to change for the better and to see that people do change for the better. I have changed drastically in the past few years because of my relationship with Christ and involvement with other believers. Before, I met Christ and other believers I was negative, doubtful, lustful, and angry.
The link between Islam and Abraham relates mainly to genealogy where the Prophet Muhammad’s bloodline can be traced to Ishmael, Ibrahim’s eldest son. Conclusion In conclusion, all three of the Abrahamic Religions are based around God’s word and, therefore, sacred scriptures. These sacred scriptures, The Bible and the Qur’an, often provide strong messages or morals which demonstrate the way we should live our lives according to God to therefore build a substantial relationship with Him. Although today’s day may be well in front of the ancient days of Muhammad and Jesus Christ, sacred scriptures provide a link between these worlds and show us the way to a happier and more meaningful life with God in the centre of our minds and