cuchulain Posted February 10, 2019 Report Share Posted February 10, 2019 There are those, including myself, who argue the validity of religion. There are two sides to those arguments, at the least. One side claims a religion is valid, that it is correct, or right, whatever word you could want to use. Christianity claims that god is all powerful, has set down x commandments in his book, that the book is right. Druidry claims that we all have an inherent link with nature and should approach it with respect, though in terms of deity it leaves much up to the follower, aside from virtually deifying nature that is. Other religions, other deities and tenets...so on to the question at hand. Do you feel that religion has value beyond its correctness, rightness, etc...? Whether there is legitimately a god and Jesus, does christianity offer anything outside of those figures? If it does, are those figures central and essential to what it offers, or can they be cut out from that religion and still keep most of the core tenets in tact? Same for any other religion, of course...Druidry and nature, is there essential deity, or deification of nature, or can the tenets of the religion be followed to good cause without the distraction of the holy being inserted? Also, do some people by nature NEED religion? For my personal answer: I believe that the figures and deities behind religion are all fictitious. That's part of the reason I am curious about other people's view on this subject. If the deity is irrelevant, or at least takes a back seat to the tenets, then it stands to reason that any religion, made up or otherwise, becomes just as valid as the religion with the deity. Johnathan asked some time back about Jediism, I suppose that got me to wondering. A person understanding the faith and tenets of any fictional religion could in theory draw goodness and rightness from that religion, could be benefited by that religion. A person could worship the Seven, like in Game of Thrones, and have a valid religion. Or the spaghetti monster, or the Creator from the Wheel of Time series...they could adapt traditions from the various schools of study in the Dune series...and even though these religions are acknowledged as fiction, the religion would then become relevant and real in terms of meaning delivered to its followers. I know some people who "Need" religion, need to be a follower of something. A friend of mine in particular, Aron, comes to mind. It isn't that he is a lesser person, or incapable of determining his own course if need be. He has that certain aspect of character that lends itself to being a follower. He is definitely a bit on the gullible side, much like myself I suppose with my naivety. He is one such that finds wonder and awe irresistible, even in fiction. Maybe especially in fiction. He has had a bad run of things throughout the majority of his life, and he smiles and takes it on. I don't say that it doesn't affect him, because it clearly does. But he has the ability to frame things so they aren't as hurtful to him, and that's something I can respect. One of the primary methods he uses is fiction and religion, especially pulp fiction, monster movies, things of that nature. To me as an observer, I see him utilize the tools of fiction, of movies, books, and comics, in the same way he utilizes religion(he is a christian, by the way, if that matters). I have seen him draw on the inspirations of the werewolf just as much as the inspirations of the bible, if not more so. Then, there are the people I know who have addiction problems. Sometimes they cross over. It seems like one of the big things with AA, or any other anonymous program, is that religion. I personally don't see it, but then I am not an addict either. Maybe there is something there that connects people to religion. I just thought it would be an interesting question to pose to others, so feel free to respond. Purely in the interest of getting to know where others stand, of course. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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