The topic I haveselected for my essay is Religion. I believe that religion is a hugelymisunderstood and over-argued topic and it sparks immense emotions andreactions from all types of people. Most Religions revolve around the worshipof a central figure, the supreme authority and there is usually a book carryingcommandments and a code of life for its followers. This topic has led to somegreat debates, which might or might not have been fruitful. As atheism picks up momentum among peopledisillusioned with the concept of boundaries which religion sets, this topichas become the center of quite the controversy with people having a plethora ofdiffering opinions about it.
I chose this topicbecause my religion plays a major role in my life as it gives me the frameworkto live a value-centered life. The values defined are generally the same inmost religions and encourage the follower to be kind to his fellow man, not toharm them, respect and uphold ties of kinship, practice patience and gratitudeand some other commandments related to spirituality and worshiping God. Ibelieve that if people follow religion without perverting the commandments norbecoming hateful towards others with different opinions there can be real peaceand prosperity for all. Some people argue thatyou don’t need religion to just be a good human being and neither do you needto believe in what they call an “imaginary being”.
The clear answer to this isthat doing good acts physically while ignoring the essence of existence, thesoul, is a great error which cannot be rectified without a relationship with aHigher Power. Indeed there was majorinternational study at Oxford to find if humans were naturally predisposed toreligious tendencies, and came to the conclusion that humans are indeed”hardwired” since birth to believe in God. Belief in God alsohelps strengthen what I believe to be the greatest force in the world, evengreater than Love as it comes only after the Love stage.
That force is ‘Faith’.Faith is monumental instrument at the hands of human beings as it can literallymove mountains. Faith is a driving force which has a historical track record ofinspiring millions to embark on seemingly impossible tasks and make short workof them.People argue thatreligion divides people and starts war. The rebuttal to this is that people arealready divided by several factors even if you withhold religion from thesystem. Race, Ethnicity, Creed, Caste, Social Class, Rank, Ancestry, PoliticalViews, Social Views, Patriotism and emotions such as Hatred, Envy, Jealousy,Annoyance, Guilt, Contempt, Hostility, and Covetousness, all divide the HumanRace.
Now most religions command their followers to keep away from all thesenegative emotions and transcend all divisions and to be brothers and sisters infaith. A good example of this is the Islamic Pilgrimage in Mecca. Inside theHoly Mosque all shackles of social standing, race, caste, creed etcetera arecast away and all are dressed the same, professing the Greatness of God.Thus, we see how religionis a really misunderstood concept and there are several arguments for andagainst religion that cannot be discussed in this essay. But whatever weprofess, humankind must strive to transcend all differences in order tomaintain the sanctity of our Planet and our Future together.