Religious Life of Planet Earth
April 29, 2012
I was asked by my superiors to visit the planet Earth and ascertain if people and the planet are religious and what they practice in the aspects of religion. First, it is important, for you to understand my opinion of religion and supporting aspects or views of religion. Religion is not only a way of living but also considered artifacts, practices and traditions of a belief that one worships a deity. People should not only have a belief but also contribute, participate, relinquish and devote their lives in living and having faith in their deity. I observed and researched what and how the people of Earth worship, how often ...view middle of the document...
Religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system, but religion differs from private belief in that it has a public aspect. Religion is also a specific, fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of people, such as the Christian religion.
Now that you understand or are able to view my perception of religion, I will give you examples of behavior or beliefs I observed during my visit to Earth. The first thing that I observed was that Earth and its people are separated by many regions and variations of religions. What I mean by this is currently Earth has about 43 belief systems and within these beliefs there are many different sects (Religion Facts). According to a website I looked at there are over 12 main categories and 25 sub categories such as a religion called Christianity with example sects like Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and Pentecostal (wiki answers). There are many other religions on earth but Christianity is the largest.
What I observed from Christianity and the different sects within is that they all worship a man named Jesus, who is the Son of God or the Son of Man, who died on the cross, who was raised from the dead on the third day in order to save the people of the world from their sins so they would have eternal life. This religion has 39 different versions of a book called the Holy Bible. This religion is observed and is wide spread throughout the planet (Christianity.com). Christianity is split into tens of thousands of faith assemblies, large and small. Almost 50% of persons who recognize themselves as Christians are Roman Catholics (Current Status of Christianity). People that consider themselves Christians, worship in churches, temples, synagogues, or mosques and go to this place at least once a week, typically on Saturday’s and Sunday’s which is considered the Sabbath day or Day of Rest. However, some worship at daily. During the week they live their lives to a degree that praises the deity called “God” so they will have eternal life.
The examples of behavior or beliefs I observed would be (1) Experience Religion. If there were no religion, there would be no philosophy of religion or religious experiences. Religion, unlike most philosophy, starts with the interpretation of experience, with trying to make sense of life as a whole, or of particular things that happen. Very few people who call themselves religious spend their days reflecting on the logic of believing in the existence of God or any higher power. What they are actually doing is living with a particular way of seeing things and a particular set of values. The take way of seeing things and a particular set of values. They take part in acts of worship and feel uplifted. They claim to be inspired to have moments of insight. They find that, even when not engaged in specifically religious activities, they...