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What is religion?

3 follow-up questions:

  • Was religion made up just to give humans a reason to live and find purpose on Earth?
  • How can we know, for sure, whether the religion we believe in is real or false?
  • Is there life after death?

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 Question #1: Was religion made up just to give humans a reason to live and find purpose on Earth?

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” -Albert Einstein

this quote further expands my question on whether religion is just an excuse for a “past-time activity” or a real thing that is controlling our lives.

Question #2: How can we know, for sure, whether the religion we believe in is real or false?

If there is only one God then why are there so many different religions? Since there are so many different religions with some similar beliefs and some completely different beliefs how do we know whats real/right? Two people can listen to the same story but get 2 completely different meanings and interpretations from it. Each one of us hears what we need to hear in order to face our own specific challenges in life. It’s not that God is different for different people. God is eternally the same. It’s that we humans are different from one another, and we each see God in our own way. But how do we really know what to believe??

Question #3: Is there life after death?

Each religions has their own opinion of the “afterlife” which leads back to question #2 on which religion is right?

Christianity; the core of Christian belief about the afterlife is that there is an afterlife, that conduct on earth – how we behave – will determine where in the afterlife you will eventually end up. That there is a hell for the wicked one.

Judaism; Traditional Judaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence. However, because Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now rather than on the afterlife, it leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion.

Islam; According to the tenets of the Muslim faith, death is the complete end of physical life and the beginning of a period of rest until the day of resurrection when Allah judges the living and the dead. When the Day of Judgment arrives, everyone is judged according to their deeds in life.

(http://www.victorzammit.com/articles/religions3.html)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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