Number Three. [nm3]
This is not to the say that the term or word ‘truth’ is precisely understood by the general members of humankind, or for that matter by most to nearly all of the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of the human social of whatever knowledge and expertise disciplines. Neither is this to say that the simple term or word ‘truth’ is something is unclear, ambiguous or too complicated to be understood, it isn't.
Views and Opinions on What ‘Religion’ is. [vno]
6. Atheistic – with Darwinist inclinations.
How I would prefer to define religion.
In my writings I have basically used this word ‘religion’ in all the three different contexts of: as religious beliefs, personal convictions and school of thoughts reflecting the most common usage of this word by humankind in general. Since I am communicating my thoughts to others it is needful that there should be some common understanding on the terms I used so that I am understood. Even so I need to stress (as I do in all my writings) that when used in the Christian Bibles as a translation of the Holy Christian Scriptures from the Greek text, the word ‘religion’ do not carry the meaning of the common usage of the word by humankind. And thus from this, it should be conveyed, that the true Christian religion (i.e. faith and worship) so described and defined is not a religion in the full sense of the word ‘religion’ as it is generally understood to mean.
The reason for this discussion was started by my wondering if anyone out there among all those who professed Christianity really understood what the Christian Holy Scriptures, that is the calmed basis of the Christian ‘religion’, actually taught concerning the concepts of religion and worship.
For the discussion of what the true Christianity is and how it is not a religion in the strictest sense of the word as understood by all of mankind including all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of all the schools of knowledge discipline, please read , ‘Christianity Know The Basics’ in the discussion on why would GOD create life on earth through the process of evolution in the post, ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’.
Many may say that such a view is narrow–minded, seeing the definition from the perspective of only one of the many systems of beliefs that humankind subscribed to. Very logical right — one perspective equates to narrow minded view?
Not if there is only one true GOD who created everything and one true ‘religion’ as defined by HIM! Of course there will be argument about this but then again as I had said — man can never fully agree on anything and with religion it is no exception. But have you considered that (aside from the first too reasons that I discuss earlier) if there is really no true GOD or some paranormal entities exercising oversight over humankind and the universe, why then should we want to be concerned about what religion means, if there is no truth to it? If you don't believe in GOD (if you know what that words ‘God’ and ‘believe’ means) why would you want to be bothered with who or what GOD is or what religion means? Why would you want to be bothered with any consideration of religion at all? Surely you have better things to do with your life considering that your time here is a scarce resource in that you have just got so much of it and no more and very often even less than what you think you have.
Let me qualify myself on what I mean when I say religion and religious beliefs are two different concepts.
For me ‘religion’ is what the Judeo–Christian Scriptures testify to as the word so translated from the Greek texts which is about giving due (i.e. to express both in words and in deeds) obedience, reverence, respect, honor, and gratitude to our MAKER GOD and OWNER SOVEREIGN, whereas 'religious' beliefs are the belief systems in the paranormal especially relating to some divine deity or deities or spirits that people of the world subscribe to and their respective conducts with regards to these beliefs. I have used the word ‘religion’ in both this context because generally everyone else holds to the view that religion and religious beliefs means the same, and are the same thing. At the same time I needed to stress so there is no misconception, that in the true Christian faith and worship which is the true Christians' commitment to the Covenant they have entered into with GOD, the FATHER, what is considered by all humankind generally (including most if not nearly all of the Elect of GOD both inside and outside of GOD's Church today) as the Christian religion (i.e. conviction and worship) is not the same thing as what is considered by nearly all of humankind to be a religion, anyall other religions of this world including the so called Abrahamic religions.
Please read the discussion, ‘Christianity Know The Basics’ in the post, ‘Why Create Life Through The Process of Evolution’ of the blog, ‘The Holy Bible Expounded’ to understand what true Christianity and the true Christian faith and worship actually is, and how it is really not a religion at all in the full sense of the word as have been understood by all humankind irregardless of the ordinary lay person of the man in the street, or the super education and intelligent geniuses of the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of the human social order.
Here is the main issue: what people subscribe to is as different as people are different. We have over six billion people (and closer to seven billions as of 2011 C.E.) and if you want to know what are the belief system that each of these subscribe to you are going to end up with three to four billion different sets of religious beliefs because no two person can truly completely agree on what they really, really totally believe in. The fact is the majority of them don't even know what they really believe in. So even as they may claim that they are of this or that religion, most will not be in full agreement what that religion is about. So me, I stick to that which is clear and unchanging.
If you want to know what the law of your country says the crime of murder is, you go to the law so enacted by the legislating authority. If you want to know what a ‘religion’ as defined is, you go to the religious text of that religion. It can't get any simpler than this.
As for what people believed in, well that is mostly their business and I have better things to do than wanting to try go figure these out. But here is a hint for those who got nothing better to do and wishes to find out. Go with what they are preoccupied with, what they spent their lives being focused on and in continual pursuit of. That is really what they believe in, subscribed religious beliefs not withstanding. Sure some do spend a considerable amount of their limited resources pandering to their religious beliefs but most if not all do this mainly (but not only) to get what they really want as in, ‘God give me this or give me that or bless me or prosper me;’ or when they get into trouble, ‘God save me or protect me or deliver me.’ It is a bit like buying some lottery tickets hoping that you will win the jackpot. Others do so to get some cheap insurance hoping to secure their next life after they die. Others still just want to feel good about themselves, that they are good people and that they will go to some paradise or heaven when they die to get all that they lusted for in this life but have not been satisfied with. Few indeed are those who are truly really (meaning their are in delusional pretense of being) dedicated to living by the standards that their ‘religions’ advocated.
The problem with all these brilliant minds was they ascribed system of beliefs as religions and that got them all into a quagmire. Imagine trying to qualify and then summarize what six and half billion people believe in. This when they haven’t even got the granular, the human psyche, figured out yet. And as for the religious texts well here again you got to know which tree to go to get the apple. They should have just left the word religion totally out of it and stick to the phrase ‘system of beliefs.’ There is just no way you can take all the varied beliefs of every individual and ascribe it as religion unless you redefine the word into something else altogether. In so doing they have twisted the concept in that word so that many system of beliefs that are subscribed to had become totally misunderstood from what they actually advocated and practiced.
I do understand the need from a legislative perspective to define what religion is so as to allow for some legislative control over the activities of the citizenry and residents from the perspective of order (as opposed to chaos), to prevent criminal activities or that harm (physical or psychological) from being inflicted (in acts of commission or omission) on others through these subscribed religious beliefs. But aside from a disciplinary specialization requirement to redefine the concept encapsulated in the word religion; the true meaning of the word as defined by the ONE true GOD should not be corrupted so that we cannot understand what HIS message to us is about.
Now if these legislative authorities sincerely and courageously want to put a definition on the word ‘religion’ as to allow for the protection of those who subscribe to differing beliefs from being unjustly (because of just their beliefs and no other reasons ended up being) persecuted, or from persecuting others (from holding and seeking to enforce their beliefs and themselves are supreme to all others), the simplest way is to ascribe it as a system or set of beliefs and to ensure that: no such per defined system of belief is allowed to force anyone into adhering to its beliefs or to use its ‘religious’ basis to harm another human being; all practices of beliefs should not have their beliefs be the basis to cause harm to (to do damage to the person or property of) another person whether young or old; all those practicing their beliefs must recognize that beliefs are personal convictions and should not be coerced. This, the United Nations and many of the ‘developed’ nations seek to do but obviously just can't.
Because to do so in such a manner would make some globally recognized religions with multiple millions to billions of adherents to become illegal. So we have a global system that says preaching falsehood as religion is ok and acceptable. Because near every major globally recognized religions make the claims (through those who practice them) that they are for good, for justice, for peace and for truth but many of them are just lying through their teeth. That is the fact and truth no shadow of a doubt about it.
Here is What Got all those Brilliant Minds Confused.
A little boy who doesn't know what an apple is.
What is Worship? [wiw]
If it were not for the traditional use of the word 'worship' amongst Christians, substantial arguments could be raised against its continued use. For one thing, the denotative meaning of 'worship' is different from the related Greek and Hebrew terms. For another, the connotative meaning of 'worship' in the Christian community is substantially different from the biblical teaching on the topic. Since the evangelical Christian community is committed to the use of the term worship, it certainly bears careful examination so that we mean what God intends when we use it.
Quoted from What Is Worship, an essay by Lee Campbell, PHD.
Religion then when used as a reference or a term to refer to the true Christianity is about our rightly fear to respect, reverence and honor of our GOD, FATHER, MAKER and PROVIDER, and of our MASTER (LORD) and KING (SOVEREIGN) JESUS CHRIST our eldest brethren who is the FIRST BORN from the dead, the pioneer (beginner and leader) and the finisher (completer) of our unwavering belief and conviction (faith).
Whereas worship refers to our sincere attitudes in seeking to totally love and completely obey our GOD (and FATHER) and LORD JESUS who is the redemption and salvation of the FATHER according to HIS Sovereign Grace.
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