Do You Believe In God
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There are many people who do not believe in god and do not follow any religion. In fact the trend of people who do not follow religion is growing rapidly. Earlier it was only the youth who turned atheist in their prime time and later on turned out to be devout Christian after marriage and having faced life and its challenges. But now it looks like there are several families that live without following any form of religion. This is the trend we see even in Europe where is scientist who believes in god is looked down upon as somebody very queer.
Religion is a very personal matter and nobody can decide what you should believe in and follow. If you choose not to follow any religion you have every right to do so. But then look at the practical aspects of religion which helps you in your day to day living. A belief and faith in what we call the divine helps bring out the positive qualities of love, kindness and forgiveness in each of us. At a personal level, it is our faith in the divine that comes to our aid when we are faced with challenging situations and dangers. When we pray, it helps find that inner strength and indomitable will to overcome the challenges and rise above the circumstances. Anytime you feel harassed, sad or disturbed what do you do? You sit down and enter that cave of silence within you and pray. You are able to immediately get in touch with that inner reservoir of strength and peace.
There is more to following and having personal faith and following a religion. If you study religion in the context of sociology, you will find that the unit of family and relationships are formed and sustained only due to our faith. Religion gives us a fundamental framework to honour and look after our relationships. The relationships and the responsibilities of each one to honour the relationship is ensured through the dos and don’ts that are laid down in religions.
At a personal level you thought process and dimensions of thought in relation to your environment and practical life is determined through religion. To make it simple imagine a nation where people have access to arms and potentially dangerous weapons that could destroy the country. Any individual who does not have any faith and belief in any form of religion and has access to these weapons of destruction is likely to use them as per his whims and fancy without any thought or discrimination. Where does he get a sense of right and wrong? A person who is religious is likely to have very strong beliefs and values based in what is right and wrong for him to do. We are not talking about extreme religionist attitudes here. What we are referring to is a simple faith in practical aspect of religions that guides our day to day living.
Coming down to the last point that we wish to make. When you think of the values and morals that you are passing on to your children and bringing them up with, just think what the basis is and what is the guidepost? Obviously it is your own personal faith in the divine that you are passing on and teaching your children to get in touch with their inner selves and follow their conscience.
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