January 29, 2007 9:21am CST
Is having a religion still important? Well, faith is another thing -- but religion per se, I have always been thinking about this. I have learned from my elementary years that religion is a way of life. Thinking about it, indeed it could be. There is always a need to hold onto something, to trust into something. It can make us stronger to have a religion. What do you think?
29 Jan 07
Religions are formed to show or teach a way for the people to live peacefully. There is no meaning in it if we fight with each other in the name of religion itself. I think we are slowly losing our direction because of some misguidance!
• United States
29 Jan 07
That's correct..I think "religion" has just become a mere word. The true meaning is gone because the teachings are not being practised. Religion is even being made a cause for war or tension. It is so pathetic! I hope everyone wakes up to this reality soon. Thanks so much for replying to my discussions.
11 Jun 08
Yes, it is somehow important. I think marriage of culture and religion is prevalent.Sometimes religion has its ties with culture. There was a time that I tried to scrutinize my religion, examining it flaws. Eventually , I realized that there no perfect and sincere religion . I journeyed beyond my religion ,seek for truth, I opened my mind to different teachings and filtered it with logic. I realized then that you have to have your own faith build up with logic and just not totally based on religion founded by other people.
23 May 08
It depends on individuals. Religions can make some individuals strong, but it can also make many individuals weak, and commit mistakes. You may look at the terrorists attacks in the recent past and the way in which they tried to justify in the name of relgion. Me, I dont beleive in any religion these days, after seeing the atrocities.
• United States
17 Mar 07
I always thought of religion as a way of coming together as a community of individuals who share the same religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices or a devotion to religious faith. Yes, it can make a person stronger to have such a community or support system. Living by a certain moral code can make us better for it but you can be raised with values and morals with or without religion. Do I believe that religion is more important than a relationship with God ~ not at all! Do I believe that you have to go to church to pray or show praise to God~ Nope, does sitting in a garage make you anymore of a Mercedes? I have experienced different religions and churches but until I looked within myself, I didn't find God. As a matter of fact, attending church really deterred me more than encouraged me. The dogma attached to religion is a huge turn off. How can you be drawn closer to someone or something that you fear? You're told to love someone and to fear them. To me, these are opposites. I.E. If you're terrified of rats and you're expected to embrace that rat and feel love for it... are you not going to be running scared? Sometimes we are conditioned to not make mistakes but without mistakes how will we learn to improve or even right from wrong? Did you know that in Aramaic (original language of the Bible) sin meant mistake? Religion is important to many. I believe that whatever brings you closer to God is what's right for you. For some, religion is not it.
7 Feb 07
yes, religion is your guide to salvation..it's your daily basis of living......people say religion doesn't matter if you only believe in God but i must say no.....cause with your religion comes your understanding what really God is...if you don't know the ways on how to follow Him, then you will be clueless on what you will be doing with your life......