Importance of Religion

Doubt everything. Find your own light. ― Gautama Buddha 

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The existence of religion has formed and spread all around parts of the world ever since the birth of civilization. Some people think that religions are beliefs in mythological figures resulting from ancestral influence and traditional legacy in the mind and the soul of mankind. However, such belief is only a limited edition focusing on a drop of water within an entire ocean. Through the pages of history, religion plays an essential philosophical role and is capable of generating many consequences that could not be forgotten.

Religion assists the world in the process of uncovering its history. This refers to the fact that many of the world’s oldest historical objects are based on religious perspectives. To illustrate, Angkor Wat, the largest Hinduism temple in the world, was built in the twelfth century in Cambodia as an honor of Hindu Gods. At the time, people thought that such complex site would help their king become God once he entered the afterlife. However, the building did so much more than “literally” turning someone divine. It has formed endless wars between Cambodia and its envious neighbor countries for eight decades, burning down the city of Angkor in 1431. In addition, it is an evidence that Cambodia has existed for a great number of decades, according to engraved surface of its walls, even before the monument itself. On top of that, it is speculated that number zero in mathematical abstraction is derived from this particular building [1]. History would be faded away without such supreme verification because these events are something humans can easily take for granted.

Religion helps humanity bring back its logical sense and reasoning. After approximately a century of suffering within the emptiness of the Middle Ages, some religious artworks and paintings from the Renaissance Period establish a style for this rebirth period of art. It is true that the Black Death is possibly the fundamental factor “why” mankind can escape the Medieval Period; however, religion is the element of “how” to escape such dark age. If painting from Renaissance is inspected, anybody can easily tell that the artwork is inspired by Christianity. For example, De Vinci’s Last Supper in 1495 signifies that Christ is the most important figure in the painting due to the geometrical symmetry that enables him to stay in the middle of everything. Renaissance is an explosion of Christian Art, and Christianity religion boosts confidence in major figures throughout history to redeem humanity.

Religion inspires human’s creativity and utility to new innovation that changes the world. This means that the insight of religious procedure pushes people to their fullest potential as they feel obligated to invent something new. An example of this would be the Hebrew Astrolabe in 1345, “not just a scientific instrument, but also an emblem of a very particular moment in Europe’s religious and political history” [2], which functions as the fourteenth century Blackberry: timekeeping, astrology, surveying, and more. This particular object is a representation of combination of religions and science that Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars have worked together in order to produce. It has also been stated these people tried to reveal something about the roots of ancient Greece’s scientific success that has been lost within the flying time [3]. Either it has been made in Spain or Southern France, Hebrew Astrolabe can be compared to the invention of computer, however early. Back in 1345, common sense still believed in Geocentric Model of the universe, and it is a wonder that they had this device showing the movement of the stars in cosmos already. If it was not for the Spain monarchy that prosecuted and expelled Muslims and Jews from Spain, what the combination of these religions can do would be unbelievable to our modern world.

Religion stimulates individuals to question the authority and stand up for what is right. When printing press was invented in 1450s by Johann Gutenberg, he decided to translate the Bible and print it with aesthetic beauty that could not be ignored [4]. Consequently, this resulted in weakened power of Roman Catholic Church as every person can then have access to a copy of the Bible and, therefore, began to question the fact that the Church held too much power and distorted the information in the book. Printing Press is the birth of publishing and sharing work openly in the purpose to avoid tyranny and thrive for the act of Reformation towards the new world with freedom and equality. Without this event in history, the Church would have all the rights to control mankind and the world today would feasibly be doing what we are told like robots in line.

Religion forms faith that lead followers to true happiness in life. This means that even though some of the rules might not make sense, it could be a warning or a requirement that followers must do together for the better. To be specific, one of Muslims’ most unyielding rules is not to consume pork. This might not make sense to the others, but perhaps Muslims had the reason to do so. The spread of this particular religion is in the seventh century of common era where hospital services were not provided and physicians were limited. During that time, people did not know much about health and sanitation except that God knows what is best for his followers. Pigs were “unclean” due to the fact that it contains too many parasites and viruses that might spread and kill. Furthermore, pigs are being raised in terrible condition. They eat every kind of food even bugs, and, therefore, need so much care that Muslim Nomads may not have time to bother. Despite the fact that Muslims have strong faith in God, it is possible that “God” is trying to keep them safe with better sanitation.

In conclusion, religion plays major roles in shaping what we are and who we are today. The fact that religion is only seeking what is best for its followers can sometimes be ignored as humans like to think that there is superpower to assist them behind their back if they follow certain rules. Such belief can also be beneficial as it is crucial for humans to draw a line between what they should and should not do. Religion has done so much: recording history, maintaining logic, creating modern devices, fighting for virtue, seeking happiness and more. Across the forgotten pages of history, it is perhaps religion that keeps humans together in a society of unity and prosperity. After all, each religion only aims to accomplish one goal: happiness.


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7 thoughts on “Importance of Religion

  1. An incredible blog post – applaud x10.

    I think you did a pretty good job to point out the good side of religions. Indeed religions bring different people together to cooperate, and build wonderful legacies.

    Since our last meeting, I have changed a lot. If you remembered, I was about to give a talk at the church community. But I have left now and gone agnostic/atheistic.

    Now I admire the bigger picture of the idea/pattern behind religions, where they stimulate people to aim for a higher purpose and prohibit people from doing harmful activities through rules, and I think this could be achieved nowadays through humanistic institutions and acts alone. But I really don’t like dogmatic and institutional religions. First, they create a us vs. them mentality, and of course other aspects like political stance etc do too also. I could tell you deep down that Abrahamic religions and some religions really merely want to convert people for greater rewards in the heaven, and they do so by helping the communities and building the relationships with no intention to do so. They just wanna the reward, and I know this because I was one of them before.

    Second, much of the money are scammed and used in a wrong way. Specifically luxurious mega-churches worth millions are built, where the money could be used in a better way else. And there are a lot of scams going on also among the churches also, and I know this because my mother has spent a lot of money to go through the bullshits. For example, the so-called faith healing is debunked – it’s just confirmation bias and adrenaline rushes, when the environment has been set to hypnotic by the worship team, and the pastors act out of social norms(shouting, exaggerating). Basically all the superstitious beliefs are debunked, and I was so angry when I watched the whole process of training the con-artists to perform healings and magic tricks on Derron Brown’s show.

    And a lot more, like children being indoctrinated since young by extremely religious parents. The act of teaching that your non-believer friends will burn in eternal fire, that’s a child abuse. I still vividly remember the extreme fear of hell fire when I was young. But I think I would stop focusing on the negativity here for now.

    I think believing the things that are not known to be true for happiness is a false happiness. People have the rights to be educated well and not being indoctrinated by pathological and superstitious ideologies.

    Overall, what I wanna say is that the idea behind religions is great – aiming for a higher purpose, striving beyond one’s capacity, altruism&compassion, but they have been contaminated and manipulated by a higher authority for their own particular agenda. I think we should embrace the idea of sacrificing(Jesus took over the burden of the world, and so should we, because we have the obligation to do so as a human being on earth) etc. But I’m definitely against dogmatic religions, as everyone has the right to be informed the “Truth”, and then make their own judgements, like how about everyone is taught all major religions. Then people can see that their religion is not any superior than other religions.

    But again, I embrace the philosophy of religions – Christianity, Buddhism etc. But any ideas that are pathological and untrue should be abolished.

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    1. Indeed, you have changed. The only way to ensure growth is to be able to see the improvement in you. It is an adventure, a journey in which we keep learning. That, my friend, is what fans the flame within us. Not everyone has the incentive to do the right things in this world; it can be a huge commitment to be a good person even if every soul wants to be one. Perhaps that is the reason why religion exists. To have faith is the same as to have a light which guides you even when you are in a dark place. To believe is the same as to trust your own heart when all you see is an impasse. Maybe religion is what offers believers hope, the meaning we can hold on and the conscience that protects what is left of humanity.

      You used to be a religious person. Through conversations that we had, I have no doubt that you feel at ease when speaking of the holy figure you believed in. The thing is, it does not matter who made you believe or why. What matters is your heart beat for that faith, your blood rippled each time the figure is mentioned, and your mind responded to the information because everything felt right. And even if you do not believe in that religion anymore, it shaped who you are. It brought you the people, the friendship, the memories, and the reflection of decisions you made.

      I believe religion does not blind people. So many close friends of mine believe in different things, but one thing I know is: the more they believe, the more open-minded they are. They are not follower, believing in something because they have nothing better to do. They do not believe because their parents believe. They do not believe because their society tells them that it is right, nor do they believe because they got manipulated. Those are not the key to self-development. They believe because the particular religion paints their favorite color; they believe because the particular faith makes them complete. Once you are complete, you are unstoppable.

      It is okay to feel like some people are not doing the right things with religion. So many people interpret things just because they do not want things to stay uninterpreted. So many people think that the only people who are people are people who look and think like them. Sometimes people have to know that the ultimate source of their knowledge is from the people who are different from them. They should step into others’ shoes and see why people believe in the things that they do instead of judging and discriminating others.

      It is true that what we believe in is influenced by the environment, the people, and the surrounded matters. While many people stay stuck in one place, thinking that only one thing is right, some people take it to the next level. We learn and discover why things are the way they are. We embrace all and seek fulfillment. We try to find the light. And that’s what all people should do. They should find their own light. Because when they have a purpose, they are too busy to criticize others.

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      1. Yeah, on second thought I believe that beliefs are perhaps the most powerful forces that drive us forward. Ironically upon reading your reply, I still believe that I have religious beliefs, perhaps the faith on goodness, and the betterment of future. I think it is what allows us to not kill ourselves, and strive forward. I mean, logically speaking, why even bother thinking, writing and improving. There has to be a presupposition for living that requires faith in some sense.

        For your second paragraphs, yeah it’s extremely true… 😉 It matters that I spoke my truth at that moment, and now I speak a different truth, and definitely in the future I will speak a BETTER truth. That’s growth.

        I was playing the devil advocate on ideological beliefs because it breaks my heart to see the people I love being limited by the dogmas that they discriminate and reject any other ideas opposed to their beliefs. But as you say, everyone has their own light to seek and their own path to walk.

        But for the beliefs that are not pathological but empowering and uplifting, more power to you! Overall, the diversity of beliefs move the world forward with minimal biases to one side.

        Good talking to you

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  2. Some morally reprehensible teachings/traditions are:
    1. Discrimination against people who are not like ‘us’ – gays, people who like rock music etc.
    2. Circumcision.
    3. Baptism. Some orthodox churches throw the baby in and out of a basin of water.
    4. Teaching wrong information – some schools insist to teach bible instead of science, like creationism over biological evolution
    5. Attitude. I think for this one you can read Nietzsche where he criticize Christianity very hard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaU8PD9P4ss

    I think we have to preserve what’s right and good for us, and abolish any pathological traditions/ideas and move on

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