Question of the Day – No. 414 What does religion mean to you? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrMoreLinkedInRedditPinterestPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeEmailLike this:Like Loading... 61 thoughts on “Question of the Day – No. 414” Add yours Many things, Bogdan. Hope, Faith, Distortion, Addiction, Illusion, Dependency, Bias, etc. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I don’t have a religion I have a relationship with Jesus way different then having religion attached to it. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Good difference. Where does the church come in? LikeLiked by 2 people The Church without teachings from the Bible, deep studies is only a building of people that rest on Grace only and hurt the Holy Spirit because they overuse Grace. LikeLiked by 2 people How do you over use grace? LikeLiked by 2 people Uou never lose Hrsce but when you are in the Holy spirit and continue to sin the sin you won’t let go of. You grieve the Holy Spirit and risk your stop feeling Him. That’s all.all that Grace gives you joy in the Holy Spirit. LikeLiked by 2 people Got it. Thanks for the insight. 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Thanks LikeLiked by 2 people I think that’s a better approach. You made it personal instead of taking for granted what others say. LikeLiked by 1 person Yes, thank you for your kind words. LikeLike Very interesting! Do you find it useful? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes. LikeLike I don’t consider myself religious, I consider myself spiritual. I was born into a Methodist family, but attended a lot more Catholic church. Religious to me is attending church on a regular basis and praying to a certain God. I pray to all God’s and hope one will hear me and help me heal, help me answer a conundrum, help me pray for others. I married to a Catholic but I never changed. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply So when you say “all Gods”, you’re basically referring to a higher power, right? Regardless how that higher power is described by us, humans. LikeLike Reply Regardless what humans say, but if they believed in that, then so be it. I agree that they are man-made, but whatever gives someone hope, they can pass that on to me😊😊 LikeLike I see religion as a relationship with God. How you connect to a higher power or spirituality LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Nice! Do you consider yourself a religious person? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes I do . I’m a believer of Christ , without God I’m nothing . LikeLike Not as much as it once did. It disgusts me how I see some people using and abusing it. I try to take from it the values and compassion that I feel is right from it and live it. I’m not one that goes to church on Sunday and acts another way for the rest of the week. Actually, I don’t get to church much anymore. To me, most religions have broken their trust with me. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I think that people made religious too Earthy. Going to church became some item on a Sunday’s checklist… LikeLiked by 1 person Reply As a devout atheist, I believe that organized religion is the greatest hoax mankind has perpetuated. No offense intended. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply In your opinion, why mankind did this? LikeLike Reply Greed, power, control, . . . LikeLike Fear and ignorance. Sorry but that’s the truth. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply That’s what religion is or that’s what people made out of it? LikeLike Reply That’s why people turn to religion. LikeLike I feel it’s all about believing in yourself. If there’s a god, he lives within you and not in a human-made monument, statue or sayings. You are the ultimate super power or spiritual being you’re searching for. Learn to have true faith in yourself because that’s all you need. People are misusing religion and doing heinous crimes on such an extreme level that I don’t think anyone can truly answer what is the true meaning of religion. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Who knows what the true meaning of religion really is? All we know is what other people told us. But the reasoning behind that can be different from one person to another. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Ha! You’d have to read my blog for that one. -Robert LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Just did. Awesome post! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks for reading. The actual post i was referring to that answered your question is this one.https://thealvarezchronicles.com/2018/01/26/sir-the-truth-is-i-talk-to-god-all-the-time-and-no-offense-but-he-never-mentioned-you/ Thanks for taking the time to peek at my blog. I do appreciate it. LikeLike Religions in my opinion are the traditions people have created to worship the creator. Spirituality is what connects us to the source of life, to one another and the earth. I think each person can decide how to worship and whether or not to worship a divine being. -Rebecca LikeLiked by 3 people Reply So spirituality is like a journey (or destination) and religion is the vehicle. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s a good deduction, yet people take different spiritual paths, some with and some without religion. I think religion may be more like road signs than the vehicle ; ) R LikeLike this is a great question……….a personal relationship with God. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply This sounds so awesomely simple, but sometimes so complicated to apply… LikeLiked by 1 person Reply very true. love all your thoughtful questions. LikeLike I am not religious in the organized sense, but as far as my personal beliefs religion means belief in something more than yourself, energy, and mind over matter. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply So it’s about believing in a higher force? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes, but also that you are capable of much more than most people typically think. LikeLike this is a GREAT question. Religion is different and very personal to each and every one of us. For me I believe in God, i believe there is a greater purpose for my soul. I grew up in a home where we were able to think and believe what we wanted based on religion. I have always known that something greater than myself exist however to this day I question to what extent. I do believe in God but do I believe in only one God? That I am still on the discovery of finding out….. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply This is a very interesting idea. So you believe in God as being a higher power, but you’re wondering if all that power is in only one God… LikeLike Reply Religion is something I try to avoid and believe that I don’t need religion for there are too many and only faith and devotion to God not by religion but by soul and spirit. If that makes sense. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply It makes total sense. So in your opinion, a religion is more related to what we humans do whilst belief in God is something that tends to be separated by religion because of the people, right? LikeLike Reply Yes it is. LikeLike It’s not like I’m talking out of my arse here I was born Catholic, then my mom joined the he Jehovah’s witness till this day and I’ve been to Christian churches and its always one saying the other is wrong and difference of what’s right and wrong made me mad. So I stay away but I do believe there is a God and that we either go to heaven or hell but it’s still a person’s choice which way they go. I believe we are all here for a reason. What that reason is? Idk, but that’s the journey we have to take and figure out ourselves with the he guidance of God in mind. That’s just my opinion. LikeLike Religion, to me, sounds like structure, rules, politics. Boring. Whereas spirituality, to me, sounds like a relationship. A dance. Flow… LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Objectively, religion is the collective subscription to a set of beliefs which entail a way of life. Unfortunately, religion has historically been wielded as a form of oppression and an excuse for conquest. Personally, I see religion as a label to a family that gathers under a chosen unifying factor: faith. LikeLike Reply there is no religion without faith. so religion to me is just that, faith LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I am not sure that we all understand the same thing when asked about religion. Surely the word religion really applies to whatever faith you have accepted and follow. It’s a bit of a conundrum in a way. Jesus was Jewish and so was Paul one of his followers. Yet Paul went about preaching and at the same time inventing as it were, Christianity. Maybe it should have been called Paulianity. The gospels were written upwards of 70 years after Jesus died by people who probably did not meet or know Jesus first-hand. Mohamed was a minor war-lord who claimed to be the last prophet of God and founded his line of Islam about 625 years after Jesus had passed on. – You get the idea, For the atheists among us who don’t believe in any God let me point out that god does not believe in atheists! Cardinal Roncalli (later Pope John 23rd set the Catholic church on a path to apostacy when he convened Vatican II in 1962. Look where it is now. Ah well to each hi own. Have faith, have hope and above all be charitable. LikeLike Reply Do good and don’t do bad LikeLike Reply To me, a religion is a set of practices we do to connect with higher self. Everybody has a different way to do so, that’s why there are so many religions. Everyone is absolutely free to practice what connects them with divine power. LikeLike Reply Religion is about what you believe in LikeLike Reply a glorified tribalism. LikeLike Reply Religion as we know it is nothing but a glorified tribalism. LikeLike Reply Religion is a way of humans showing their need of having a being that they deem superior to them. Having a God. But the thing is, everyone says their religion is the true religion so how are we to know for sure. I see my self as a christian, not the very religious type but the spiritual, growing type. Although religion and spirituality are linked somewhat. Honestly, religion needs a lot of thinking LikeLike Reply Religion is a way to control the poor and weak minded. At least for me. It represents a lot of bad in this word, contrary to popular belief. Example: https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/catholic-church-scandal-spent-10-million-lobbyists-fight-extension-statutes-of-limitations-child-sex-abuse-vicims/ Spirituality I could get behind but organized religion never. LikeLike Reply It means that people who need it can dive deep into. For me religion means nothing at all, I don’t need a religion to be a good person. I can easily control my life and it is better to believe in myself than to someone or something I cannot see. 😊 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply In my opinion there are two ways to look at Religion. 1. As a theist. Theists use religion in many ways. Some use it as an excuse to be shitty toward others, while others use it as a reason to be good and kind. Some people can’t get through life without it. They like the rituals and believe in its structure as an example for structure within their own lives. Many use it as a crutch to lean on when they are in a state of despair. And some people just like the notion that their lives are somehow more significant having been created in the image of a god. 2. As an Atheist (like me). Atheists don’t require fairy tales and a man in the sky to understand how to govern their actions. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t bad people that are atheists, which there certainly are. It means that I, like many atheists, look to the world around me and the people I respect to influence the type of person I want to be. When I’m down, I turn to those same people or look inward to find answers. When good things happen, I thank the people that helped me as well as myself for doing the work and achieving the results. Religion is a set of guidelines for the people that require them. But for the rest of us, our intellect and emotions should allow us to navigate the insanity of life. LikeLike Reply A terrible thing that is archaic and I honestly feel should almost be abolished but I understand the need people feel to have it. I feel in this day and age as generations continue to grow that most are smarter to realize how much grander spirituality is than one single religion can have solely correct over another. LikeLike Reply I don’t think of religion, its a label where I live to decide which side of the street you walk. It’s a label used as an excuse for petrol bombs, riots, pain and death. Saying that, I believe on one hand we have evil and goodness, does that mean a higher being, is it God? Maybe. Is there a devil and a hell for evil souls to be tortured? Possibly. But what I find is religion is an excuse for people to judge others, condemn them for a lifestyle they choose just because its different to what is written in a book. Religion for me causes more hate in the world. Where people find faith, hope, comfort, others find fear, despair and hatred. But everybody has their own thoughts, morals and beliefs, if we were all the same the world would be a boring place LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. 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