Religion: Religion And The Obserpose Of Humanity

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Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs (bbc). Whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or any other, every religion preaches the virtues of love, peace, tolerance, patience, faith and understanding among individuals. Over the long haul, religious faith has proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in human history (Reno,2013:8). Religion provides a framework by which human beings tries to understand the true meaning and purpose of their living, develop a sense of belongingness and also the knowledge of their unique individual identity. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (2011) writes, religion gives us “a feeling of participation in something vast and consequential” (101). This feeling colours all human interactions. Robert A. Putnam and others (2010) finds that religious observance is linked to higher civic involvement, connected to trust and correlated with the neighbourly virtues of charitable giving, volunteerism and altruism (491). Churches of all kinds bring communities together and provide a space and setting for individuals to serve people they otherwise wouldn’t. According to Rabbi Sacks (2012), religion “remains the most powerful community builder the world has known. Religion binds individuals into

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