Religious Life and Its Dependence on Experience Religious life depends on many things including experiences, authoritative teaching and scripture, so depending on a number of factors, I would agree with his view to a certain extent. Religion is something quite hard to pin down, but may often be defined as a set of practices or beliefs which a group of people may follow with a spiritual outlook, rejecting the view of religion as a sociological phenomenon. Religious experience may therefore be defined as a situation or feeling that affects or has affected you, in some spiritual, emotional way that you may have perceived to be received from a greater, ‘divine’ being or force. Religious experience can take many forms and be triggered by things such as depression, prayer, creative arts, or even sex, however different people regard religious experiences differently, so what may affect one person may not even be of any concern to another. In this sense, many people may not have even contemplated a religious experience, but may still lead a religious life.
Religion is a personal aspect of someone’s life. It is difficult to define because it means something different to each one of its worshipers. This meaning could depend on a variety of things. Maybe this person was raised a certain religion, or perhaps this religion found its way into this person’s life. However, studying religion and its meaning moves society forward.
Religion is fraught with stories and myths of otherworldly journeys. There are a variety of reasons; however, the two main ones one may notice are humans’ innate pattern recognition, and our necessity to define and understand the world in which we live. These otherworldly excursions, out-of-body-experiences OBEs, near-death-experiences NDEs, and altered-states-of-consciousness ASCs are side effects of trauma rather than real experiences. In this paper ASC will be the basic reference unless otherwise noted. Therefore, it is prudent to explore those examples of forced ASCs, the causes, and the impacts on the society.
Elements of Religious Traditions Religion is perhaps one of the universe’s biggest mysteries. Is there some divine being or spiritual being guiding our lives? Religion is an understanding that there is something greater that guides and protects us. In today’s society, there are many different religions and they all practice and worship in different ways. Each religion presents diverse religious traditions, rituals and even beliefs.
Thus, the definition of religion varies based on the disciplines and approaches. Some of its definitions are broad and comprehensive while some are narrow and exclusionary. There is a wide-range of definitions in various ways. So, each definition can be viewed as a way of understanding and seeing the multidimensional meaning and practice of religion. A typical definition of religion refers to a set of beliefs, symbols, and rituals, which are based on the ideas of the sacred, which in turn unites believers into a socio-religious community.
Some people self-deceive more than others and for different reasons than others, but regardless of the amount of deception or reasons for deceptions, we all deceive ourselves in way or another. While there are many different situations and circumstances that could be focused on, I chose to specifically focus on self-deception as it pertains to religion. Obviously, there will be a focus on how self-deception pertains to oneself, for how could we study self-deception without the focus of self. I will first review a few studies and articles that have already been done concerning this topic and then continue to summarize and explain how my observations or experiences compare to those found in the studies and articles. As we examine the findings in these studies and in my own observations I believe we will find that the reasons for self-deception will always vary, but also that in order to completely understand self-deception we must first recognize its existence in our own lives.
A vital part of conflicts and how they arise is the idea of identity. Who a person is can determine how he or she presents, interprets, and reciprocates actions with another party. Something that the majority of the world uses to define its identity with is religion. Many people may think of religion as a significant cause in the creation of conflicts, as there have been and still are so many disputes rooted in religious differences. Too many people nowadays look past the healing aspects that may be applied equally from across many religions, and instead focus only upon its ability to divide people.
Introduction Religion has many classifications, such as tribal, classical, transcendental and cosmological, usually based on one's belief and understandings. Religion also has many definitions, usually based on one's experience. A particular definition that I found was Religion originates in an attempt to represent and order beliefs, feelings, imaginings and actions that arise in response to direct experience of the sacred and the spiritual (Connelly, 1986). Religion also has many characteristics such as rituals, symbols and myths which play in an important part in how religion is viewed. We will take a look on how the definition, classification and characteristics of religion and how it ties into our understanding of the universe and our relationship with it.
But the opposing party must be mature enough to deal with the matter; otherwise the dialogue taking place may be pointless, thus giving the parties an opportunity to waste time. People do have different belief systems; they follow their beliefs and propagate it, but propagation of religion into a community with different beliefs causes clashes. I have seen religious clashes, but people must try to understand one’s beliefs and not be stubborn. REPORT: On basis of my research and the community where I live in, the impact of religion is strong but does not lead to extremism. The various systems do influence ones behavior.
There are many different religions in the world, all of which vary in their religious traditions and their relationship with the sacred. Sacred, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means entitled to reverence and respect (2014); in this context, sacredness is not limited to a single belief system but applies to all religions where the upmost reverence and respect is given. In the pursuit of studying religions across the globe, scholars have developed a way of understanding religions through three specific questions. The first is what a religion and its traditions say to its followers such as its structured belief system and how it is taught. The second is what a religion does for its followers whether it is through a ritual or religious community.