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Personal Essay: What Religion Means To Me?

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The definition of religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods(Merriam-Webster). After this semester I have come to realize that religion is a much more advanced, complicated, and personal definition. Religion can’t be defined in one word or one term because there is a lot that religion entails. There really is no concrete answer of what religion is and the definition varies among different groups of people and individuals. Some would describe religion as actions and beliefs that are aimed at connecting people with what could be identified as most true, real, sacred, or divine (pg3). Depending on what religion one follows the beliefs and behaviors connect them with what is…show more content…
There are so many questions to ask and so many things that don 't make sense to me because I will never be given an exact answer that is true for all. There are so many different forms of religion, stories of god, questions on if there even is a god, or what else could be the creator of the world? After taking this course I got a better insight on what religion really means to me. Religion is not only a sense of belongingness or what you were taught as a kid but it is what you believe is true to you. This is where truth claims come in. We talked a lot about truth claims this semester and the impact they have in different religions. A truth claim is what you claim to be true within a religion. Religious truth-claims express different perspectives on “how things are” suggested by Paul Knitter, a noted religion scholar (pg43). In a religion, what one claims to be true within that religion or what the religion teaches, is its truth-claim. I believe that one should follow a religion based on what they believe is the most true to them. That is what religion is. Religion is the set of beliefs and values you practice with a community in which you feel that you belong to. Now that I am older I have a better idea of what I believe is to be true when it comes to religion. I still feel a huge amount of belongingness with my church and I now have a better idea of what I believe in and what I believe is personally true within
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