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why do we need religion in our life

I think today there is actually a difference in the terms "religion" and "faith. "P In this question, I'm taking your word,
religion, to mean faith in something outside of this world, as an explanation for things we cannot see or understand. P Therefore, like post 2, I think religion serves as a means of explaining the unexplainable. P Out of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of different faiths and religions, all of them provide an answer for how we got here, where we go when we die, and why we are here. P Therefore, generally speaking religion gives humans purpose in life. Common religious beliefs or faith also provide natural boundaries for communities to develop. P People who live within the social confines of one specific belief tend to accept others who are in agreement and help each other out.

P Many faiths preach that serving and helping others regardless of their personal beliefs, is the right thing to do. P In that way, religion or faith also promotes acts of selflessness, humanity, charity, and responsibility. The English word religion is believed to have been derived from the Latin word religo which means good faith or ritual. Religion is a broad term which today can include a range of beliefs including Christianity, Buddism, Islam and even the pursuit of other types of spirituality that aren t associated with a belief about God. Basically it is man s response to the bigger questions of life/death, faith and God etc.

Romans 1 talks about the fact that God created humans and that they have a need for Him. However, there is a tendency for man to go his own way and create for himself idols, ideas about God, who he is, what He is like, and how He should be worshipped. This base desire in man to construct his own idea of God has led to what we know of today as all the different religions. Different groups of people believe different things about God, and thus have formed their own ideas. As not all the groups agree, what you find you get over time are clusters of people who believe the same thing, or believe in the same religion so to speak. http://www. gnpcb. org/esv/search/? q=Romans+1%3A18-23 - Romans 1 The Bible teaches us that what we know of God, we know because he has revealed it to us in His word.

God s word is a way He can prevent us from constructing our own ideas of who He is. God also has revealed himself to us in Jesus and tells us that this is the way we are to know Him. John http://www. gnpcb. org/esv/search/? q=John+3%3A16 So in a sense, religion can be what takes man away from God, as it is a huamn construct - God teaches us that we should focus on His son Jesus, and this is what Christians do. Of course Christianity does still fall under the banner of religion - as it is one type of belief (within a broader grouping), however as Christians we are taught in the Bible to focus on Jesus first, not on one s religion or religious belief.

We don t actually need religion at all. God however, has created a need in us (from creation) to need Him and be in relationship with him. We are called to relate to God today through Jesus. When we die, we are told that we will face judgement, and that the only hope for us on Judgement Day is to be in relationship with Jesus. So in a sense, we don t need religion, we just need a relationship with God through Jesus. We also do need the congregation of other believers to assist us in our walk with Jesus through life (so this is where socities definition of relgion can come into the argument). Essentially though it is where we stand with Jesus that counts.

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