Tuesday, April 10, 2001

I've given much thought to the reason of religions. Obviously in the beginning they were created to explain the unexplainable, for as human beings we are unable to cope with the idea that something is out there that we cannot explain. However, one must think about the present reason for religions. Of course one's own belief will determine one's opinion on this matter, that is what makes it so amazing. The fact that we cannot all agree on something so debated upon as the issue of religion offers some hope that some form of religion will forever remain active. This much we can be certain about: As long as there are believers, there will be religions.

But some would say that today's beliefs and practices of religions differ greatly than did our ancestors beliefs and practices. Today, we often use our religion as an excuse to avoid something, or as an outlet to let our failures out through. However, we cannot go on blaming something such as a religion for it is ourselves in the end that are held responsible. It is human nature that we have an explanation for everything, and if we don't have an explanation for something that we become afraid of it, or we make up something to keep us comfort. One day, this will end.

One day a light will turn on in someone's head and that person will share the concept of one supreme religion. Of course I'm sure this idea has been turned over and passed through many mouths, but have we really thought about how similar the 'differen't' religions are? Think about it: We all have a God (unless we are to talk about Pagans which we aren't), we all follow common rules and practices, and in some cases, some religions have a Lord or prophet. Yet we still fight wars over religions, over what we feel we can make people believe in.

The fact of the matter is that the seed of belief can only be planted in certain circumstances...The question should rather be what those circumstances are. Disasters, pain, rebellion, fear, all are common reasons for one to take up a belief in a supreme being or religion. Though, something else contributes to this, it isn't just these instances that causes one to believe...it is something else. Perhaps we will never know...