Religion and the good it does us all

Connor Lyons By Connor Lyons, 10th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It seems today in free countries, especially in the U.S.A. religion has been coming under heavy attack. Here I’ll explain a few things about religion, the good it does for a person and how even none believers should feel about them.

Religion

In most larger religions it is thought that a single powerful entity is responsible for the creation of the entire universe, from the furthest reaches of space to the smallest germ on our planet. This entity is called by several different names, but with the common name of God.

In most religions the promise is, if you live a good life, a life of fellowship with your fellow human beings, one where you truly try you best, repent of sins and believe in the God in what version is believed in, then you will, when you die, be rewarded in heaven with eternal life and fellowship with God. Unbelievers and even supposed believers who have done evil will be forever damned to hell—but you probably already knew this all.

The good religion does for all of us

So if you’re having doubts about religion, that’s your right, and I’m certainly not going to dislike you any less and it can be a little hard to swallow. As a whole, human beings don’t like feeling indebted to anyone—though this may be fast changing—interestingly enough, this extends to even all powerful deities.

But despite what you may believe, religion is a very good thing, and I’ll explain how.

Good fellowship: While you don’t need to be religious to love your neighbor, forgive easily, or truly want to do good for somebody else, with no reward for yourself—these traits are more common with one of religion, because these things are taught to those of religion, generally from a very young age.

For the children: Well, sort of. With children at first it’s hit and miss, and the chances that a child of religion won’t be any better behaved on most days as a child who is not. But what religion will do for a child is as he/she grows up, these teachings will be instilled in them, they will be taught good fellowship, the joy of sharing, the joy of helping another with little to no reward for themselves, a sense that someone is looking out for them and loves them. This will continue into their adult years.

A sense of protection and good feeling: I admit that for the longest time, I’ve only been Christian by name, the only time I actually thought of God was almost nil, if at all. But then I recently pretty much found my way back, I started to ask God for help, help with the problems in my life, help being a better person with less anger, started bring my problems to God and asking for his help—much like a child would their schoolwork—I then started to see things in another light, started to thank God for all he has given me and I continue this. What this has done for me, and many, many other people, is give them a sense of protection, a feeling that someone is looking out for them, that even when bad things happen, it’ll all turn out for the good, a sense that, like your parents, there’s somebody out there who truly loves you and wants you to be happy.

How all of us should treat those of another belief, even unbelievers

Unbelievers are not the only ones at fault. There are many times when someone of another religion condemns that of someone else. That being said our society is becoming disturbingly atheistic and amazingly enough, this minority group has a great deal of power in swaying our governments to take our religion away from us. A lot of the time it’s frowned upon to admit a of love of God, they want to strike the word God out of anywhere they see it, Christmas trees and even Christmas itself, the holiday of good cheer and love towards all, is under attack every year—and Christmas is losing.

The unfortunate fact: Unbelievers who attack religion merely do so because religion goes against all of their core beliefs.Atheists believe that such a person as God could not exists, and as per human nature, we tend to attack what we don’t believe, or what threatens our own beliefs. Plain and simple, Atheists’ core beliefs are threatened by religion, which is why they take such offense to a thing that does them no harm, it’s the reason for why they feel so oppressed.

Frankly, this is childish for both atheists and those of another religion who attacks someone else’s. No matter what your belief is, it’s important to be understanding and tolerant of everyone’s core beliefs.

What can we do?

Unfortunately not too much. But come this holiday season, write letters to your religious leaders to not take attacks sitting down, to be active in defending whatever religion you believe in, it’s amazing how an actual voice sounding off about a problem can help in such fights. We can’t expect government to protect our core beliefs, so we have to let them hear our side of the story, not just theirs.

Last word

Religion is a very important part of most people’s lives, and it’s important to remember that the vast majority is religious and that it’s important that we all be respectful of everyone’s beliefs, religious or otherwise. Instead of being angry at another person for their belief, or lack thereof, don’t let it bother you. If it’s not hurting you, then let it go and just smile and wave. Maybe we’re all wrong, maybe atheists are actually right—but what harm does believing do? Respect, love, tolerance and understanding are things we all need to work on, and need to remember when we see something we don’t like.

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author avatar drrajeevddn
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice Post :)

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author avatar madugundurukmini
10th Sep 2013 (#)

god is great

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author avatar Connor Lyons
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Drrajeevddn! And I believe so too, Madugundurukmini. He's been a guide an inspiration for me.

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice post. Religion is an anchor in life

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author avatar Connor Lyons
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Madan!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Sep 2013 (#)

God bless you Connor.
Stella <><

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author avatar Connor Lyons
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Stella! God bless you too.

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