Religion and social order....

I have been wondering about religion and how it affects our daily lives. This has brought me to a question of individuality.

I asked myself is religion a matter of social order or an individual consciousdecision? I have seen people change religions in there later stages of their lives and even earlier, but the number is small and fairly insignificant. This can be attributed to marriage, migration and even education amongst other things. So this again comes to the question is or was it an individual conscious choice? I have to confess that I am one of the people that have changed their religion from the one, which was practiced in my family structure during my upbringing, but I will not go into the discussion as to from which religion to which as it is immaterial to the essence of the article. But I will say that the change came about through research and experience. That being said I do not imply that I found thee religion but merely that i made my own choice.

So we proceed….. What makes a person a Muslin, Hindu, Christian, atheist or whatever the case maybe? Why does religion rarely cross race, ethnic and domicile lines? Does the prevailing social order dictate which religion I will follow? In all probability a person born into a muslim family will likely be a Muslin, same applies to Christians, Hindus and all the other 4200+ religions being practised worldwide. So how much of this decision is from individual choice is worth looking into.

Humans like any other animal, fish, insect or whatever, they are inclined to keep a social order and conform with it. A collapse of this a social order could have adverse consequences. The “need to belong” is viewed by Abraham Maslow as one of the major sources of motivation, does religion satisfy this need and is this the bases of inception for most religions? Does this result in the thoughts of the group being stronger than the thoughts of the individual?

I will end on that note till the next time…….

These thoughts are objective and inconclusive…. Feel free to leave constructive comments…….

Johnny B Goode 2014/09/04 11:14:11 AM
A lot of people(the religious kind), believe that they have a monopoly when it comes to good, sound morals and that without their religion everything would be chaotic. I'm sure you have heard the argument before. They believe that all that stands between them and their dark urges(born sinners the lot), is an imaginary friend that gets to act out like a spoilt brat in all the holy books becasuse he is 'sovereign'. He can kill, order to kill, rape and plunder and it does nothing to tarnish his reputation as "a god of love" and his religion as "peaceful." So in terms of social order the blind faithful believes it is this imaginary madman that is above his own laws that is the only thing standing between them and their rabid inner dog. Laughable and sad. Religiots will say anything to keep their outdated, bronze age mythical god and his crazy stories of eternal torture as relevant and neccessary in the 21st century.
RuudAwakener 2014/09/04 11:18:27 AM
Nice little can of worms you're opening here...
RabbleRouser 2014/09/04 11:24:23 AM
You pose the question - "What makes a person a Muslin, Hindu, Christian, atheist or whatever the case maybe?" That is a very good question and the answer is fairly simple. Children are indoctrinated by their parents. So, as you correctly point out, a child brought up in a Muslim community will have those cultural and religious values instilled in them during the crucial formative year up to the age of 7 and beyond. Precisely the same applies to Christians or whatever the religious flavour their parents subscribe to. With respect to atheism, it is simply a position. It is not a religion. It has no tenets to which atheists subscribe. The position taken by atheists (in general) is that they do not believe in the God proposition because there is no evidence to support it. So in essence atheists do not believe that supernatural phenomena influence control over the universe as prescribed by theistic claims.
Jaco Nel 2014/09/04 11:40:42 AM
Yep. And the Muslim is as unquestionably certain that his is the right religion as a Christian is convinced of theirs. They must both be right.
Johnny B Goode 2014/09/04 11:57:51 AM
Religion and social order..... Have you met MemeMartin? Nevermind. Do you also believe that social order in the afterlife is preserved by burning anyone refusing to become a yes-man for religion? I can't wait for the rapture to take you lot away so that we can just get on with it. I wonder if the colony living on Mars by that time will be affected as the bible says nothing about the end times concerning other planets. Oops.
George Wood 2014/09/04 12:15:24 PM
It could be argued that Religion be classed as a control mechanism, for example. How do you control entire populations of illiterate, superstitious human beings 2000 years ago? That's correct put the fear of God into them, Et Voila RELIGION!Perhaps created with good intentions but with everything human open to misinterpretation and abuse!
CyberMatix 2014/09/04 12:32:06 PM
>>>I have been wondering about religion and how it affects our daily lives. Oh it has a major influence. Just analyse where our current "war against terrorism" comes from. It is essentially a worldwide war caused fundamentally by two different religions that are in competition with each other. The USA and western Europe on the one side and much of the Muslim world on the other side. The Christian religion imposes a certain way of thinking about the world, and the Islam religion another. And this thinking processes are largely incompatible. And each side believe they are 100% correct and doing God's work. And does it affect the daily life of the thousands of innocent people it directly impacted. Just ask them. Oh you can't, they're dead. >>>So this again comes to the question is or was it an individual conscious choice? In most cases humans don't choose what to believe. If a belief system changes it is usually quite a long drawn out process. Religious beliefs are usually obtained at adolescence, and those beliefs are pretty much hard wired in the brain, and is very resistant to change. You don't have an on/off switch in your head that you can just switch a belief system on or off. >>>The “need to belong” is viewed by Abraham Maslow as one of the major sources of motivation, That is one of the reasons, there are a few others as well. One of the most foundational reasons comes from our primitive past. A superstitious fear of the unknown, a misunderstanding of how the world works, and a primal fear of death. Religion solves these problems by offering an explanation for the unknowns, and most importantly, a solution for death. It doesn't matter if these are false explanations or a false "salvation", it just needs to be "believed" to be true.
Wehr Wulf 2014/09/04 12:43:21 PM
Religions were invented to control the masses, the end. Hence why it's losing its relevance more and more today.
GMitch 2014/09/04 12:57:30 PM
"What makes a person a Muslin, Hindu, Christian, atheist or whatever the case maybe?" = Indoctrination. And that in a sentence summarizes why religion has at its foundation no truth. The fact that not one is accepted as the universal truth, instead it is based on tradition and authority (parents, teachers, preachers, governments, Popes etc).
Colleen 2014/09/04 12:59:36 PM
You get conformers and non-conformers in this world. Generally, conformers happily and unquestioningly follow accepted norms and non-conformers are uncomfortable being herded and forced to conform. Most people are conformers.