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Everyday in our lives, we wonder about the origin of our existence; we ponder whether our existence came to be through science or religion. There are as many people partaking in science as there are people partaking in religion, despite the face that science had existed long after religion began. Since science is based on fact, and since religion has never been logically proven, why do people participate in religion? People have contemplated about this for a long time, and terrific suggestions were derived from these thoughts. Partaking in religion provides a goal in life and emotional sustenance.
There are various goals in life that are provided by religion. One of these goals is to be morally exceptional. If there was no spiritual punishment for crimes, what is to prevent an old man, or anyone on the brink of death to go on a murder rampage, theft, or commit any crime? Religion is there to provide moral standards. Another goal in life provided by religion is to prepare for the afterlife. This pertains to the moral standards, and if there was no afterlife, many people would see no point or meaning in life. Overall, religion augments morals and behaviors, but that is not all that religion provides.
Life is topsy-turvy, and our emotions are no different. What happens when the world turns against one, and his parents or family and friends do not support him? He would extend to God for emotional sustenance. The same thing would occur if the emotion had been different. But religion has always bestowed upon people one significant advantage; that advantage is valor in warfare. People fought because they believed God was with them. Religion in general can have an impact on one’s emotions.
Religion will definitely provide a life-goal and some emotional sustenance. Those who partake in religion are more tranquil and moral. Although science does indeed have its positive attributes, it does not compare to religion and its ancient faith-based system.





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earlybird_8 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 11:09 am
Interesting topic, but your execution could have been better, and you might want to reexamine your grasp of some psychological principles. People are not moral because they fear retribution in an afterlife -- at least, none of the people that I know. Rather, they are moral because they have empathy. Overall I thought that you raised some interesting points, but I would have enjoyed the article more if you'd backed them up with examples, anecdotes, studies, etc.
 
blues_are.still_blue said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

"If there was no spiritual punishment for crimes, what is to prevent an old man, or anyone on the brink of death to go on a murder rampage, theft, or commit any crime?"

So you're telling me that if at this very moment i gave you conclusive proof of a lack of a god or eternal punishment, you'd go murder and rape and pillage people?

 
HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm
So, I don't really get your opinion on this.  I think I can answer that people want religion because logic can't always satisfy.  And for me, God is the only one who can truly satisfy me.  I just want to be able to satisfy him in want he wants from me as well.
 
TheSeraph replied...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Well, simply put: I am comparing religion to science, and explaining why religion is more correct and important. My "opinion", so to say, is basically proving religion and its worth. You are correct for saying that logic cannot always satify.

 

Have faith and love in God; I believe that is all that he requests for satisfaction. :)

 
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