Introductionto Religious Studies
Thefirst definition ties to relate religion to the things that we havemore connection to, as society and culture. We give a lot ofimportance to human interactions and because they bring peopletogether in society. Religion is a path followed by someone who wantsto have a personal relationship with God. Just the way we relate toother people. God uses religion as a tool to create the same bondwith us. The purpose of this definition is to make us choose to applythe characteristics that one obtains when interacting with otherpeople to the relationship established with the Lord.
Inreligion focuses on the Holy Spirit and teachings that includespirit-baptism, prophet’s inspiration, spiritual gifts, new birth,sanctification and the holy trinity. Many churches have emerged sincethe first church was started at Antioch. Each church with its beliefsand missions different from the other churches. Also, they have adifferent theological understanding of God the Father, the Son andthe Holy Spirit. Most churches have a common understanding of God theFather and the Son Jesus Christ, but they differ in theircomprehension of the Holy Spirit
Accordingto the second definition, I conclude that it tries to explain thesupernatural characteristic of the connection with God. Wecommunicate with God even though we do not see him. Through faith, webelieve that our souls are connected to the Lord. We, therefore, haveto establish a spiritual relationship with God despite the challengesof understanding the relationship or connection itself. Religion ismeant to make us discover our inner self, that part of the body whichwe can relate to but not be able to understand. The soul is imaginaryeven though it is in us and it’s the spiritual connection we havewith God1.
Thethird definition of religion appreciates the fact that, the conceptof religion is debatable. Men have used religion for their selfishgains since time immemorial. People have died in the name of religionthrough wars and battles fought over the years. Nowadays, people arestill using religion for their economic gain, where churches havebecome business enterprises. We should distance ourselves with evilwhich has found its way in the church. Places of worship are thesymbol of religion in the world. But Satan has found a way topenetrate it and therefore, threatening the continued existence ofreligion.
Thefourth definition is the one people most relate too. When we talkabout religion, we cannot ignore the fact that coming together inplaces of worship has been the symbol religion since the beginning ofthe first church by the disciples. The Bible talks of the Lord beingpresent when two or more people are gathered to praise the Lord.Human beings need to be constantly reminded of God, and that’s whypeople go to church to get both spiritual nourishment andencouragement to worship the Lord even in hard times.
Pathway to morality simple means the tools that enable us to live aChristian life. Christianity is one of the ways that we can achievemorality. The sacred capital refers to a city that acts as a symbolof a super natural presence on earth. We go to such a place to seekdeeper communication with the superior being. On the other hand, thesummarizing symbol is that which acts as the unifying factor inreligion because it simplifies the concepts of religion by makingChristians and other people willing to become Christians. The crossis a symbol that summarizes the death and resurrection of Jesus,which is significant to Christianity because it makes unique overother religions2.
Christianityis an example of a religion that has certain belief andcharacteristics which make it different to other religions. Jesus isin the Centre of Christianity3.He is the spiritual leader. Christians worship the Lord through JesusChrist even though they do not see him but they believe that Heexists and protects the. The city of Jerusalem is the Spiritual cityof all the Christians in the world.
Churches, World Council of. 2016. About us. Accessed March 14, 2017. http://www.oikoumene.org/en.
David, Harvey. 2014. "Public Space or Sacred Place." In Places in Motion, by Jacob N Kinnard. New York: Oxford University Press.
Mitchell, W, J, T. 2014. "The Drama of Visnu and the Buddha." In Places in Motion, by Jacob N KInaard. New York: Oxford University Press.
1 Churches, World Council of. 2016. About us. Accessed March 14, 2017. http://www.oikoumene.org/en.
2 David, Harvey. 2014. "Public Space or Sacred Place." In Places in Motion, by Jacob N Kinnard. New York: Oxford University Press.
3 Mitchell, W, J, T. 2014. "The Drama of Visnu and the Buddha." In Places in Motion, by Jacob N KInaard. New York: Oxford University Press.