So what is it… dictionary definition in basic terms – a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. 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
Very wide concept really. How many people does it take to believe in something before it becomes a religion? Not many I hear you say – well my point exactly.
Anyone could start a religion
Or one could exist without anyone intending it to.
Surely a religion could just be a strong belief by held and acted upon by a person. Any person.
Take the film Life of Brian – it shows right from the beginning that the life of Jesus and belief in Christianity is completely interpretation.
For instance – “blessed are the cheesemakers”
“well of course it’s not meant to be taken literally, it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products”
One guy (who may have been born in a stable/barn etc) who was born a long time ago but before people had any kind of year measurement, probably said good things to people such as ‘love thy neighbour’ or ‘blessed are the peacemakers’.
As many psychologists or just keen observers of human nature may know, people are suggestible, they like to follow trends.
“the messiah, the messiah, he is the messiah” etc.
They followed this man, and listened to every word he said and tried to act upon it.
Problem is they were so intent on doing exactly as he said and worshipping him that they were doing the opposite of what he was doing anyway.
He may have said good things such as love thy neighbour, but for the next 2000 years, people have been arguing, killing each other, dividing within communities and countries, because they cant decide exactly how he said it.
People who believe strictly in religion may always think they are right when in fact they are taking eerything they live by from someone they have never met, and have no proof ever said these things.
It baffles me anyway.
If you are wondering what brought the above text on – well large amounts of revision have been going on – in between I do like to let off steam so I thought I’d have a little rant about my views on religion.
First exam tomorrow – I cant wait to get started. I’m sick of preparing for stuff without having started the exams yet.
That’s why I havent been online much lately. Been sitting at the kitchen table most of the day everyday for nearly the last fortnight going over notes and making new notes, finding lecture slides that I dont remember going to and looking over the few sample essay questions I have.