Negative Aspects Of Religion And Religion

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My third interviewee was my eighteen-year-old cousin. My cousin was born and raised Roman Catholic. Both of his parents were also born and raised Roman Catholic. My cousin has been Baptized, made his First Holy Communion, and has been Confirmed. He attended Catholic elementary and middle school, as well as currently attending a Jesuit high school. He attends monthly mass at school and goes to mass on the holidays. He said that he does not regularly go to mass because his family never regularly attended mass when he was growing up. His freshman year of high school he took a World Religions course, where he learned about Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. From the list of religions, my cousin is the most interested in Christian Scientist. He was…show more content…
The first negative he gave me is there are so many unknowns in religion. We do not know who exactly God is or even Jesus, but we put complete faith in them that they are speaking the truth. The next negative aspect of religion is sin. We are born with Original Sin. In being human, we are unable to stop ourselves from sinning. While a positive to religion is Heaven and the afterlife, it is also a negative aspect because you have the option of Hell as well. The thought that we could be sent to a fiery, burning Hell is frightening. In a way it seems like the Catholic faith is bullying you into living a life like Jesus’ or you will be sent to eternal rest with the…show more content…
It was interesting to hear that all of their answers were fairly different, even though three of them are direct relatives, my grandmother, mother, and cousin, and practicing the same religion. Each opinion and answer was backed up by facts that corresponded with their religion. Something I noticed from the answers to the questions is the older generations have more faith and see more of a need for religion in our day-to-day lives. Both my grandmother and mother answered that they wish and pray that we may never outgrow religion, and my mother is even part of making sure it does not become outgrown, while both my cousin and friend think that our society has already outgrown religion. I feel like older generations were more strict about religion and religious beliefs, but people in my generation have grown up with science and so many people trying to disprove religion that religion tends to have less of an influence on us. Science gives this generation more options to why and how everything came about. For me it was harder to analyze my friend’s interview because he is Jewish. Growing up Catholic, it gave me an advantage in analyzing my three relatives’ interviews. I personally enjoyed my mother’s and my cousin’s interview the most. My mother has great insights on the faith, and knows how to explain it very well due to working with such young kids. I like my cousin’s
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