i can totally relate to all of that. so we search it out for ourselves & ask God to help us & guide us into His truth.dayaa said:i've wondered if God gave us all an instinctive awareness of him and minds to think....because i can't seem to settle to a religion and accept it all as absolute truth. there are things which make me raise an eyebrow in all of them. yet having said that, when i look at modern secular society, with all it's freedoms for everyone to act according to their own opinion.....it looks like a bit of a disaster to me.
that sounds like a good start to me. way too much ISM. throw out all the ism & see what is left.jaxree said:The trouble with defining religion as anything you want to believe is that it ends up including a lot of things that common sense would tell you is not religion. It could mean just about anything that ends with an "ism:" captialism, socialism, facism, idealism.
There have to be some criteria, or the word is meaningless. The 20th century theologian Paul Tillich defined faith as "the state of being ultimately concerned." In other words, concerned with death and life after death. So one of the main criteria for religion in his view was that it deal with "ultimate concern." That might be a good starting place.
I think religion also has a social aspect. So there should be a mechanism to share the belief system with others and pass it on to other generations.
These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. Obviously defining religion is a bit more complicated. But I do think for the concept to have any value, it needs definite limits.