2. Religion 2.1. Definition of Religion Religion is a set of beliefs, morals, and values that people practice to guide their lives in a spiritual manner. Religion entails traditions, customs and cultures that influences people to live a life of morality and can be shared among communities and societies. It is a linkage to our inner beings and through the belief of God to dedicate our lives in helping others and in the pursuit of self happiness.
Religion is considered to be the most influential and persuasive force that inspires individuals and communities. The pre history events reveal that actions of love and self-sacrifice are rooted in holding religious beliefs. Kimbell, in his book, When Religion Becomes Evil, defines religion, “The word religion evokes a wide variety of images, ideas, practices, beliefs, and experiences, some positive and some negative” (pg 20). Hence, religion involves human understanding; the way people value God and some personal thinking of fundamental reality. Religious life is set in that way that defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
5. Role of religious institution in the life of America immigrants Religious institution plays various roles in the life many immigrants, when it comes to the aspect of immigration process in many civil societies. Aftermath of my theoretical component by functionalist theorist has portrayed religious institution as instruments of social control, social change, integration and social capital. Today, through this theoretical hypothesis, various religious institutions in the U.S. are able to fulfill their integration/ adaptation task in the life of many American immigrants with either or not same religious belief. Those roles of religious institution on the life of American are as follows; 5.1.
A moral community, such as a church, which results from a groups beliefs and rituals. These beliefs can be beneficial because they can encourage people to live life more morally and allow those who follow a particular religion to feel a sense of community and emotional comfort. However, religion can also become a negative thing if it is used to persecute others or justify wars. Although I am not religious in the typical deity worshipping way religion plays a very intricate role in my life. I practice paganism which allows me to feel more connected with the earth around me.
Religion is an almost universal institution in human society and an integral part of our lives. Every religion preaches morality and love for everything around us. Religion teaches compassion and helps to find ourselves. It affects both: on the processes which are taking place within society and on each person in the whole. Many of us consider religion universal and, this means, a significant institution of societies.
A common questioning of a higher power beyond the physical realm lingers in society: Who and what is God?. However, many of these theological questions cannot be answered until we, of course, die. Due to human’s innate curiosity to understand the forces beyond their own, especially in terms of religion, humans find their own reasons to believe in God in the process of discovery. Religion is a sense of belief and worship to praise a higher power (God), and it provides a guide for human beings to have the opportunity to come together and live as one image of God’s children. “Imagine There’s No Heaven” is an article in which Salman Rushdie, the author, presents an atheistic view where religion is pointless, and a higher being is non-existent.
It is associated with inner conviction and hope for the existence and reality of the Supreme Personality, which is related to the person, his life, his society. Therefore, faith is something personal, irrevocable, but something important public importance. Freedom of religion is another kind of category - it is a political opportunity and public 's faith to be realized in society. If I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is important for me to be able to talk about it publicly, write books and to distribute them and to win followers of these my convictions. An
Starting an early ages, desicion on moral values and religion immediatly ralate to the formation of behavior, lifestyle such as selection of food, alchahol and drug usage, smoking and sexual orientation. Additionaly, the general influence of these practices on peoples health and psychology condition is found to be affirmative during the all life of them. Religious expression sustains the people’s requirement to feel persobla control over the spesific situations during their life and dicrease the discomfort in the face of diffucult situations that are out of the control. In this case, they don’t only belief that the situation is under of their control, they thinks that the world is under the control of God, they can create the connection with God through the agency of religious symbols and expression. Supportersof the limitation of religious symbolizm claim that religious group who wear headscarf isolate themselves from modern society.
I guess, everyone will agree that religion is one of the main factors of human history. Is allowed, depending on your views to say that a man without religion would not be a man, and it is possible (and this is also the current point of view) adamantly argue that without it people would be better and more perfect. Religion is the reality of human life, property and the need to perceive it. The value of religion in the lives of certain individuals, societies and states is different. One has only to compare two people: one is adhere to the canons of a strict and closed sect, and the other - lead a secular lifestyle, and totally indifferent to religion.