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Humanity and Religion

Navigating the Complexities of Faith: Unveiling Both Blessings and Burdens

By Ryn HussainPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
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What is Religion? Is it an ideology? Is it a Bieleve? Religions are different Paths of Life.

It should be teaching us how to live without pain and suffering as a Human. But,

As I reflect on this, it fills me with sorrow to witness how people often prioritize their identities as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, or followers of any faith, over their shared humanity.

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The relationship between humanity and religion is profound and complex, characterized by both positive and negative impacts on individuals and societies.

While religion has often served as a source of comfort, guidance, and community, it has also been implicated in conflicts, oppression, and division.

This essay seeks to examine the dual impact of religion on humanity, highlighting both its beneficial and detrimental effects.

Positive Impact of Religion on Humanity

These are many positive impacts of Religion on Humanity that make me happy-

The first one that comes to my mind is Moral Guidance.

"Religion is the manifestation of the human spirit in search of meaning." - Paul Tillich, a renowned theologian and philosopher, wrote this quote.

Religion often provides individuals with moral principles and ethical frameworks that guide their behavior and decision-making.

Teachings such as the Golden Rule, found in various religious traditions, promote empathy, compassion, and justice, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and mutual respect among people.

Religious communities offer a sense of belonging and support to their members, providing emotional, spiritual, and practical assistance in times of need.

Through rituals, ceremonies, and communal gatherings, individuals find solidarity and camaraderie, strengthening social bonds and promoting collective well-being.

More to that, Religon also encourage to do charity, take care of others who are in need.

Many religious teachings emphasize the importance of selflessness and generosity towards others.

Which is what I like the most about religion.

Acts of charity, such as feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and sheltering the homeless, are often central to religious practice, reflecting a commitment to serving the needs.

"Religion is the salt of life, preserving what is good" - Abraham Joshua Heschel

Human advancement is crucial but they shouldn't forget their ancestors, how they used to live, and their efforts to make this world a better place.

Religion plays a significant role in preserving cultural traditions, rituals, and heritage, enriching human diversity, and fostering a sense of identity.

Through shared religious practices and narratives, individuals connect with their cultural roots, celebrating their unique heritage.

Negative Impact of Religion on Humanity

- Seneca the Younger, a Roman Philosopher wrote, "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."

How profound is this observation? It may indeed stem from a sage's wisdom, yet behind the grandeur and boundlessness of creation lies a divine Creator. Alas, the depths of religion often elude proper understanding among many.

"HUMANITY OVER RELIGION IS WHAT COUNTRY NEEDS" - Jus Corpus

Throughout history, religion has been a driving force behind numerous conflicts, wars, and acts of violence.

Religious differences have often been used to justify aggression, oppression, and discrimination, leading to sectarian strife, religious persecution, and atrocities committed in the name of faith.

The intolerant behavior of blindly religious people is what I hate the most.

Religious exclusivism and dogmatism can breed intolerance and prejudice towards those who hold differing beliefs or belong to other religious traditions.

This intolerance may manifest in various forms, including discrimination, marginalization, and even persecution of religious minorities, stifling religious freedom and cultural diversity.

Gender inequality is also a disturbing side of religion.

Many religious institutions uphold patriarchal norms and gender hierarchies, relegating women to subordinate roles and limiting their rights and opportunities.

Religious teachings that perpetuate gender stereotypes and discrimination can contribute to systemic inequality.

In some cases, religious authorities may discourage critical inquiry, scientific exploration, and intellectual freedom, promoting a rigid adherence to dogma and tradition.

General (retired) V.K. Singh, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Road Transport, and Highways, encouraged the youth to adopt the creed of humanity, asserting that it alone holds the potential to propel society forward, transcending the divisive barriers erected by individuals. (Source)

In conclusion, the impact of religion on humanity is multifaceted, encompassing both positive and negative dimensions.

While religion has the potential to inspire compassion, community, and moral values, it can also fuel conflict, intolerance, and oppression.

As we navigate the complexities of religion's influence on human affairs, it is essential to promote dialogue, understanding, and respect among diverse religious communities, fostering a more inclusive and harmonious world for all.

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  • Bishnu Mahto 2 months ago

    Keep up the great work!"

  • Rahab Kimondo2 months ago

    Nice article about religion, am an informed person today.Good job !!

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