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1, Apr 21, 2009

Religion Revisited — One Compeling Reason

Filed under: Religion — admin @ 8:18 am

Last weekend, one of my neighboring friends asked me again to go to church/bible study with them since I have only one child at home and that child does not need much of my attention.

I tried to find some excuses for not going, however lame they might sound. After that, I was once again struck with this one compeling question about religion. Why are people religious? Whether you believe it or not, I must say religion is almost the largest human experience among people of all levels throughout history. Marx’s famous quote on religion as being the opiate of the masses cannot explain why religious voice has been echoed throughout all levels of society in the long river of human history, even among those opiate addicts. I must be free from the need for opiate or something else.

To be sure, religion originally meant relating to something rather essential to humans. Why do people, not just feeble-minded ones, need to relate their existence to something they believe to be larger and more powerful than themselves? Why do the believers still spend the whole Sunday morning seeking a superbeing when they know death ends everything and no matter how religious a person is, he/she still prefers life here than the one hereafter. I would think if they prefer life here, they would make full use of their limited life on earth instead of going to you-know-what.

I believe there is reason for every being. There must be one very compeling reason for their Sunday commitment. What is this something? I try to gather some empathy to understand this human experience, but either my imagination or my ability to empathy fails me. Because for every reason that I rake out of my brain I can find something else to overthrow it. This must be called — The dao that can be articulated is not the dao.

P.S.
I had a whole-day off-site meeting on Monday. Today, when I opened the handouts from Saturday classes, the scene at local community college all came back. Oh how I miss those gone-forever golden student years! What a sharp contrast between working at a company and studying at school! Amazing that people that I work with have not been to those classes.

2 Comments »

  1. According to the author of the book of Hebrews, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11: 1) For those of us believers, life is a journey, of which death is only a stop. If there is only random chaos in the universe, how would we exist for so long? Looking at the ebb and flow of human history, without God’s grace and justice, what can we look forward to?

    Comment by a friend — 1, Apr 21, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Thanks for the input. Now it is getting disturbingly confusing to me when talk involves faith and the not-seen untangibles. Is belief an idea existing in human mind or a being with material presence? When people are asked to seek God within each of us, it is more a thought or the product of thought or idea than anything else.

    Indeed, human species is the most adaptable one of all, enabling it to survive the plagues and vicissitudes of either man-made disaster or those brought upon by Mother Nature. And the realization of death ending it all might be the ultimate source of the fragility of human mind. Hence, the need to tie to something bigger than ourselves.

    Comment by admin — 1, Apr 22, 2009 @ 7:59 am

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