Can we equate God with religion?

Philippines
April 13, 2008 6:39pm CST
I am a believer. But I don't have any religion. However, almost everyone thinks that to be in religion means that you have God or that you believe in God. Nearly everyone, religious or not, equate beliefs and tradition with God Himself. Did God build a religion? If so, what's the name? And why are there so many religions nowadays?
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9 responses
16 Apr 08
Most of the people on the face of this earth believe in God. You cannot possibly imagine that a whole universe has come into existance with out a creator. There are a number of religions. Religion is a way or a method by which people worship God. Every group has a different way of worshipping God but in their hearts they are worshipping the creator the only one.
• Philippines
17 Apr 08
yes, every group has it's way but the question is, is it the way God likes to be worshipped? man worships God according to his own tastes, preference and choice. But did not God reveal to man how he ought to be worshipped? Did not God choose a place where He should be worshipped?
17 Apr 08
You see God created every man with a different thinking from the other. So every man thinks that what he is doing is most liked by God, and God only sees what is in the persons heart, how much he loves God and how faithful he is to God. I pray that God shows us all the right way.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 08
You cannot equate God with religion. In fact you cannot equate God to anything. He's superior & beyond everything, that's why He's called God
• Philippines
14 Apr 08
Amen! I agree. God is matchless. But many people think specially in our place where catholicism dominates, that if you do not belong to a religion, you're a heretic or an atheist.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 08
Sad to say so, but that's quite shallow...
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
Hi jessan, Religions are man made, and you don't have to follow one to be a believer. There are many religions in the world but most are very old. The Christian religion has hundreds of different denominations, quite a few of them claiming to be the one true church. The oldest denomination is The Roman Catholic church from which others broke away, many in the sixteenth century, a few before that and many many others within the past two hundred years. The strange thing is they all claim to follow the same book. Blessings.
• Belgium
13 Apr 08
Well, simply put, Buddhism is considered [by most] to be a religion. Buddhism has no God. ;)
• India
14 Apr 08
And so is Jainism... Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism all originated in India, and all of them have sects that simply do not have space for God. Many hindus are atheist... in fact, hinduism is a religion which is so diverse that you can disbelieve/believe in almost anything and still remain a faithful hindu.
@p_vadla (1687)
• India
16 Apr 08
I am of the view that GOD is one.God has not created any religion. To educate people about the omnipresent, different people, we call them prophets, brought out different methods of knowing HIM.
• Indonesia
16 Apr 08
i think the initial spirit of religion building is to organize people who have same belief, or same way of believing god. it's built to make them easy to maintain and develop their faith. but it doesn't always properly work. many times religions create war instead of peace.
• India
14 Apr 08
Hi, Religion is a interlink between Man & God.All the religions are made by Man.In every religion there are step by step approach to get the God. Before understanding the God it is better to understand yourself & your soul automatically U feel the presence of God.Tb be learn you must educate URself to educate you must go to school.To know the God U must belief in religion(school).
@rev1wendy (611)
• United States
14 Apr 08
God built Christianity. He rebuked the religions and religious leader of that time saying they were hypocrites. The reason there are so many religions is because man controls them and man is greedy. Everyone wants to be in charge and be right. I am an ordained non-denominational minister. I do not have a 'religion'. I am a follower of Christ. Hope that helps.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
14 Apr 08
Religion = a framework. The first definition of it at dictionary.com is: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. So the religion is the set of beliefs itself, not the God. You can say you don't have any religion if you want, but if you have a set of beliefs, then to some extent you would have a religion, even if you choose not to name or claim it. Whether or not you believe your deity intentionally created your religion is a tough question. Humans warp everything. Even if a God spoke right into your ear exactly what they wanted you to do, even two people down the line it would have changed. That's how humanity works. Since my religion is a combination of personal revelation, interaction with my Gods directly, historical research, and family tradition, I suppose it works a little differently for me than for someone who is a member of an organized religion. My religion is Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, but if you asked me about my spirituality, I would say that I'm a dedicated devotee of the Goddess Morrigan, and a slightly less dedicated devotee of most of the other Celtic Gods. As for why there are so many religions nowadays... I can't see any time historically when there haven't been a lot of religions. Pretty much every culture has had it's own religion, or a regionalized version of another culture's religion.