Defining religion is something very personal. We characterize it with words that we feel resonate with our own beliefs. It is hard to give an unbiased definition of religion. Some religions are about morality, while some are about a way of life. I define religion as a personal belief system in which things such as the earth’s creation and a higher power are given background and purpose. Religion can also serve as a guide to how one should live their life. People who follow a religion live by a set of morals and values determined by creation stories, sacred traditions, and their worshiped deity. Each religion has its own concoction of history and beliefs making it unique. After reading several other definitions of religion, I notice that there
A spirit is something that may be felt in the essence of the world but ultimately guides understanding into the meaning of life. Spirituality is often perceived in different ways by different cultures, religions, families, or even the individual. Often, the common theme that spirituality focuses on something greater than the physical world and allows people to feel connected to what it truly means to be a human on earth.
According to the American College Dictionary, religion is a noun defined as the quest for the values of the ideal life. This definition is vast and general, allowing for a variety of interpretations by people from all cultures. There is no single path to follow in order to lead an ideal life, only personal beliefs and experiences. Religion is non-finite so there is no way of determining a boundary (Smart, 5). In my quest for a true understanding of what religion is I explored my own traditions and religious beliefs as well as life experiences. Slowly, with the added insight from the text and videos, my own definition of religion has begun to take shape.
Religion and Spirituality Since the dawn of human life, people have eternally been searching for the purpose of existence. Humans are innately curious beings, and are blessed to have the capabilities of higher thought processes. Humans use these thought processes to ponder the question of existence. Unfortunately, the evolution of man has not brought the human race any closer to actualizing its purpose on earth.
In this paper two topic from the Psychology and Spirituality course will be discussed in regards to spirituality and their influence on my personal life. I will examine how I have grown and what I have learned from the week on Spring Lake ranch and how I wish to continue moving forward in my attempt to be spiritual and build a closer relationship to God.
...nce this conscious relationship is forged, this connection can be carried into one’s daily life, permeating our lives with meaning. Unlike religion, spirituality allows the discovery of one’s authentic self without any labels, which provides one with a deeper meaning to life, whatever their religion. Spirituality highlights many qualities such as kindness, generosity, tolerance and faith, and so does religion. Still, whereas religion is defined by its teachings, spirituality is defined by our own experiences which arise from the inner search of finding of our own truth and not what we are taught. Lastly, it can also be said that religion tends to produce separation, whereas spirituality sets everyone on equal grounds. People should not be labels with this "ism" or that “ism”. Instead, people are spiritual beings whose purpose is to discover our own self and purpose.
The first question of this activity is one question that I do not like to be asked and I have trouble answering it (sometimes I just give the easiest answer instead of explaining). I do not have a religion, I do not like classifications or distinctions among religions, and I certainly do not like the generalizations about religions. I believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the bible.
Conflicts and religion as ubiquitous social processes , but first they may seem autonomous , even conflicting , social processes involves the separation conflict , disaster and discord ; religion implies unity , peace and tranquility . Nevertheless , the conflict can be comprehensive and religion can move actors to challenge and refute the social and political order . Consequently, following Lewis Coser observation that all social life " always involves harmony and conflict , attraction and compulsion , love and hate , " the analysis shows a similar dichotomy similarities between religion and conflict , which can be observed at all levels of the social structure : persons , groups, social classes , societies and civilizations.
There are numerous reasons why people commit crime in our country today. In the film, Valentine Road, we see many examples such as social disorganization, subculture of violence, and many more. Reasons people commit crime range from mental disorders to physical problems such as bullying. Today, many people study the reason why people commit these types of crime. Cesare Lombroso is known as the “father of modern criminology”, and helped discover and analyze some of these theories. Many things influenced Brandon McInerney into murdering Larry King in 2008. Brandon was influenced by crime around him and lived in a family that was divorced and homeless for some time. Oxnard, California was a very quiet town, not known by many until one February morning in 2008 when a terrible, devastating crime occurred there
As far as mankind’s history can date, religion has had quite an intimate relationship with people. Although maybe it hasn’t always been identified in the same way as we identify religion today, spread across the world we have the remains of pyramids, temples, and even written in ancient texts from centuries ago dedicated to god, to the afterlife, to what lies on the other side. And up to today’s times, religion has grown along with man.