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The role of God and Religion in our society
March 29, 2013 by:
ushakiran Points: 12
God and religion are both a very important part of society and one cannot imagine any human society without the presence of these two..
Importance of God and Religion
God is many things to many people, and it should never be forced upon anyone. We already have a religion and God when we come into this world through our heritage, although an individual is free to choose whom or what he believes when he or she becomes an adult.
More importantly people should have the freedom, let people choose whether they want to believe in God and Religion or not. What is important is to be responsible in your life and to the society , which is more than enough for an individual rather than be religious and god fearing.
We can also see that God and religion are extremely deep rooted and even the highly educated people including scientists and other people with a scientific bent of mind have some sort of faith in these concepts. However, religion does not help rational and just thinking, preventing crimes. In fact, many crimes like honour killing of boys and girls, Sati system, animal or even human sacrifice before deity can be attributed to religion and religious beliefs which as Karl Marx rightly said is [I]the Opium of the mass es [/I] !
Our politicians and other prominent citizens think that they can get away with anything if God is appeased - one is reminded of Janardhan Reddy , the politician from Karnataka , who is accused of mining scam now languishing in a prison cell - he had offered a diamond crown worth 32 crores to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala.
Religion is more like an institution but belief in God gives people the strength to face difficulties in life .What ultimately matters in life is one's own faith and belief, it could be anything. Some believe in nature and some in Gods, some in godmen and so on.God and religion are both very important part of any society and one cannot imagine any human society without the presence of these two
Belief is important
What is important is that most people need to draw strength from something that inspires them. It is the very belief that there is something superior to them that gives them the strength to overcome difficult situations. For some it is a means to an end. They feel that when you believe in God and follow a certain religion you gain something either by way of personal wealth or peace of mind or wish fulfillment.
In fact when we go back in time , we realise that man began by fearing nature's fury and began worshiping it - the wind, fire and water . Later, as human civilisation progressed there were many changes in the institution of religion.
As life gets more complicated human beings become more insecure and need an anchor and that's how religion has gained importance in the recent years with people using it as a clutch little realising that unless we try and overcome our problems, mere belief in something that is an unknown entity is not going to help!
Religion being manipulated
Religion has been the cause of many religious wars in the past and continues to be so even now. Manipulating religion to further one's own gains is a modern day happening and one can see that as man becomes financially more powerful he also becomes vulnerable in certain other ways which makes him cling on to something from which he can draw strength. On the one hand he leans more towards religious leaders and god who in turn are able to take advantage of such situations.
Religion is being manipulated by everyone possible , right from the top religious leaders , some of who use religion to divide and rule. Politicians use religion as a tool to increase their vote bank and even students are being used and manipulated by various terrorist organisations which have religion as their base.
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