Report on the Religious Life of Planet Earth

Report on the Religious Life of Planet Earth

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According to Gottlieb (2004), religion is the belief of the existence of a supernatural being. Humans believe that this being, namely God, has power over everything in this world. People worship and respect God since they believe that he protects them and is the giver of life. Human beings also believe that God is the creator of life in the world. The criteria to be used in determining whether people are religious will be carrying out a research to identify if they are religious. The next thing will be studying the religions present in the world.

Using the criteria mentioned, there are various beliefs and behaviors, which confirm that religion exists in the world. The first example is the presence of many religions in the world. Examples of these religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and many others. Every person in the world is at liberty to join or form any religion he or she wishes. This freedom is only applicable if the religious practices are not violating any law of that given place (Gottlieb, 2004).

The next example is the presence of places of worship. Every religion has its sanctuary; therefore, this means that the earth has religious people. Christians use churches, Muslims worship in mosques, Hindus and Buddhists worship in temples. Places of worship have been in existence since the era of the early man; he set aside a part of his environment and made it a sacred place of worship. This shows that religion has been on earth from the time man was evolving.

The third example is the use of publications in religions. Religions like Islam and Christianity have special books they use in their religions (Gottlieb, 2004). These books are said to contain the guidelines of how to be a faithful believer of that religion. For example, Christians use the Bible. They believe that this Bible was written by man through God’s inspiration; therefore, it contains the exact words of God. Muslims use their holy book called Quran. They also claim it was written by God’s prophet Muhammad under the direction of Allah.

Gottlieb (2004) mentions some religion functions in this world. These functions are the ones that brought its existence. First, it makes human beings have values in them. All religions require their believers to have good conduct and practice virtues that make it possible to co-exist. Religion explains where human beings came from and how they existed. People believe that God is the creator of plants and animals; hence, this explains how human beings came to existence. They seek refuge in God from any problems they experience. For example, they pray to God for success and solutions for problems they come across.

Religion has influenced the daily lives of people and current affairs. The moral character of people is affected or determined by their religion. They are expected to have good character and be exemplary to the rest of the community. For example, they should forgive; love others, practice honesty, justice and other values. Some of the current affairs that are influenced by religion are marriage issues like divorce and cohabitation. Religion does not allow couples to cohabitate (Gottlieb, 2004). This is because they should follow due marriage procedures. In most religious marriages, couples make a covenant of a lifetime commitment. In terms of divorce, religions like Christianity and Islam allow married couples to divorce. This depends on the reasons that have brought about the divorce. Other issues that are influenced by religion include corruption and crime. Religious people are expected to fight corruption and crime because they are vices in the society.

Many religions in the world have different practices and experiences. Christians have their practices as well as Muslims and Hindus together with all other religions. For instance, for one to be a Christian, he or she has to believe that God exists and believe in Him. He or she should confess sins and repent to God. In Islam, one is expected to profess Islam and live according to the principles that are written in the Quran (Gottlieb, 2004). Other religions have their practices and experiences depending on what their beliefs are. Generally, religion is an important aspect of man’s life because it continues to build his culture.

References

Gottlieb, R. S. (2004). This sacred earth: religion, nature, environment. New York, NY: Routledge Publishers.

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“Report on the Religious Life of Planet Earth”

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After a visit to planet earth, I concluded that people are religious. There exist different religions, which have various symbols that signify their religion. For instance, Christians have crucifix, necklaces, the Bible and a specific day of worship. Muslims have symbols of a crescent, Quran, a worship day and specific times of prayers. All these signs should assist in getting enough information to confirm whether there is religion or not. There will be a need for interpreters for interpreting languages that are not understood. There will also be guides to direct when traveling around the planet (Garrard- Burnet, 2000).

The study confirms that people of the earth believe in religion. There are several religions and people are free to believe in any of them. The most common ones are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. All the four refer to the supernatural being as God. The most evident thing about the three of them is that they have a place of worship. Christians go to a churches, Muslims go to mosques, and Hindus and Buddhists use temples. These houses of worship are treated as holy places where God has His manifestation. People are required to treat these places with respect and visit them regularly to worship God. This is so because it is believed that the presence of God is always present in those worship places. They also reference books, which they use for guidance in life. For example, Muslims use the Quran whereas, Christians use the Bible. They contain principles and commandments of how to live a righteous life (Garrard-Burnet, 2000).

Religion plays a crucial role in the life of human beings. It assists in explaining the origin of man and the world. Several scientists have tried to explain the origin of the earth using science, but no one was able to give a satisfactory answer. No theories used to describe the origin of the world are factual. They contain many assumptions, which people opt not to believe. Religion has managed to convince the people about their existence and origin of the world. Religion has given people a purpose to live because some religions believe that after this life there will be another better one. Therefore, people are required to live according to the expectation of God, and they will be rewarded throughout eternity. This has made believers live ethically and morally upright. Religion has enhanced co-existence in the world because it instructs people to live in harmony and be mindful of others. It strongly forbids taking away innocent life and abhors other immoral actions in the world.

Religion can be described as a word used to refer to worshippers in the world. They could be worshipping anything they believe in. For example, animals, nature, or a person. Many people would like to know which was the first religion, but it is difficult to determine. This is because documented history gives different information on this subject. One source states that according to the creation story, God was the first religion. Another may contain contradicting information on the existence of multiple gods. These multiple gods introduced the traditional religion, which was the first. Several sources have stated that Islam was the first religion, but it remains a controversy. Scholars have found it difficult to define religion accurately because of some of its characteristics (Lamott, 2007). It contains so many human experiences and people can only give a definition that roughly describes it. Many countries allow people to choose whichever religion they would like to follow. Since religion is mostly based on beliefs and not facts, no one should be forced to believe in what he or she does not want. People are only allowed to influence others to join but not coerce them. There are those who do not believe in religion and decide to believe in science. Unfortunately, some countries do not allow atheism or paganism. One must belong to a recognized religion and not a sect. Religion is crucial because it has a significant role in the lives of people on earth (Garrard-Burnett, 2000).

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