Reflection On Religion

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There is a question that I have tried to answer from time to time regarding religion. In my studies as well as my experience, I have yet to come across an adequate answer, or an answer that could be considered unanimous among varying religious views. My question is a simple one; what does a person gain by practicing religion? The article I am about to discuss presents the best answer that I have come across. In fact, it is the written version of many thoughts that I have had regarding the subject. The article also supports my views on religion compared to scientology. It presents a happy medium between the two. Some of the text makes clear suggestions of better ways to live your life with religion. Some sort of religion surrounds nearly every…show more content…
Divinity is easily classified as a supernatural state because again, it cannot be proven. The text states that, “There is no supernatural order: there is only one world, the slowly changing human lifeworld, the world that we continually make and remake.” (page 40). To me, this presents the idea that we as humans are the sole controllers of the world around us. The only exception that I would add would be that we must abide by the laws of nature. Gravity and physics still exist, but religion is more of a social concept. Humans created the church and built upon its ideals based on the word of other humans before them. Death is a part of nature, it is not supernatural, and it will come to each of us at some point whether we are ready for it or not. Knowing this, we need to be focusing on what we are doing during the time that we are…show more content…
Living life to its fullest without regard to what is going to happen to us after death is very important. Granted, we should still be cautious and not necessarily welcome death before it is the time for it. What we should do instead is simply be ready for death if the time comes. According to our article, religion can be used to accomplish this if it were to take a new form. As the article reads, “We need a religion that will show us that although we are only transient beings, and although we will never know a setup that differs in any radical way from the present one, it is nevertheless possible for us to commit ourselves to life so completely that we do experience eternal joy in life and can say that it has all been worthwhile.” (page 41) This means that we can use the common teaching of many religions that focus on treating others with kindness and respect to make the world a better place for those that are currently living in it, as well as for those that will live in it for years to come. If we accept that death will come, we would likely have a different outlook on how we live our
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