Why do people need a religion?

Sri Lanka
July 31, 2008 1:36am CST
Majority of the people in the world have a religion. Mostly they inherit their religion from parents. Different religions have thing in common and contradicting. After all as you think why do people need a religion? Do one really need a religion at all?
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• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I guess the reason for people to have religion if for security and a fall back for when they don't have an answer to a problem. AS or me even though I just got my religion from my parents I firmly believe in it, its not blind faith but it is something that I chose for myself. Different religions may have contradicting beliefs and it just shows that religion is a man made thing.
• Sri Lanka
1 Aug 08
When you say religion is a man made thing what happens to the concept of God? Religions such as Buddhism, Christianity could be considered as man-made because it has emerged from the leaders like Buddha and Jesus. But still in Islam, Christianity and other religions the God is there as the creator of everything. Of course people look for religions when they are down. But every religion has an ultimate objective. People who believes in it will have to work towards it even in their day to day life.
• Philippines
1 Aug 08
I'm no atheist and I do believe that there is a supreme being that is beyond our comprehension, and its that very reason that we as mere humans create an entity that we can identify it with. I guess the way to put it more simply is God does exist way before anyone but the concept of God was made by man.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
31 Jul 08
Hi shamikabsb, As you say the majority of people belong to some religion, usually the same as their parents. I don't believe that we need organized religion, although many people think they need it. I am a spiritual person but I am not religious and there is a great difference. Many religious people are not spiritual at all. If religions were to unite and work together to make this life better for everyone, than I would agree, but as long as all they do is disagree they call tension and killings, and that we don't need. Blessings.
• Sri Lanka
1 Aug 08
Could you please elaborate more on what is being spiritual vs religious?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
1 Aug 08
Hi Again shamikabsb, I will try to explain what I perceive as the difference between being spiritual and being religious. Being religious has to do with believing in and worshiping a God or Gods in a structured way. Religious people believe what others have told them. They follow a set of rules that tell them what they can and can't believe or do. Most religions teach that their way is the only way to God. Being religious than has to do with outward worship. Spirituality comes from within and is often concerned with the betterment of humanity. Being spiritual means seeing the good in all people and all beliefs, and being open to new thoughts and ideas. The spiritual person often feels a connection with others and with all life. A spiritual person will somestimes be connected with a certain religion, but not religious in the sense thst I have mentioned here. There is much more that could be said but that I believe covers some of the basics. Blessings.
• Sri Lanka
4 Aug 08
I agree with your definition of being religious. I thought "spiritual" means some sort of higher status of life but your definition for that is more down to earth so I agree with that also. What you say is being spiritual is better than being religious. Of course yes, but becoming spiritual is not an easy task. You need some guidance. Don't you think the influence from a religion would be a better start off to become spiritual?
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@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I don't know as most need religion, but they may want religion..