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RE: Religion

Response to "Losing My Faith"

Francis David, 1510-1579

Francis David, 1510-1579

In the last issue of the PawPrint, an article was written explaining why the author disagrees with religion or why religion is unbeneficial in the world. In this article I hope to present a countering opinion.

I would like to offer the idea that both religion and having faith in a supreme being or God is not an evil in the world, but instead something that can bring people hope into an otherwise scary world.

After researching a few religions, including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, all of them are centered around an unimaginable hope; the idea that better things are yet to come, to a level we almost can not comprehend. There is no way to provide solid factual evidence to argue any one religion is correct or that all religions are wrong, because it is a matter of faith in a God and a system of living out that faith to make the world a better place. Personal faith in these religions that help one live a life of such extreme and brilliant hope, however, is one worth attempting to live, or at least learning about.

Religion also ushers in love where hate may otherwise be present. Most religions are centered around love and community. Muslims gather to fast or practice Sabaat, the five daily prayers. The men of the Islamic community also gather on Fridays to pray Jummah prayer, because praying and acting as a community is valued. In some Buddhist religions dance and song are used by Buddhists to practice their religion as a group. In Christianity, people are to love each other and pray with and for each other as a way of praising God. Many people find peace in their religion or faith, using it in their day to day life, while also attempting to bring this love and peace to others.

Nearly every religion I have learned about, experienced, or seen practiced brings more love, hope, and community into the world. As with anything, there are exceptions because people misuse a religious system for a personal gain or interpret it differently than intended. Some people use religion for evil.

Many people are not fully educated on their religion. Abandoning or disagreeing with religion on the basis of these few cases is something that seems illogical. If a life full of love, community, and hope is offered to you, turning it down without at least looking into it seems unlikely and nonsensical.

As French philosopher Blaise Pascal said in the seventeenth-century, all humans bet with their lives either that God exists or that God does not. Pascal argued that a rational person should live as though God does exist and should live to believe in God. If God actually does exist the eternal reward is huge. However if one lives a life against God, and God does exists, the punishment could be horrible.

For argument sake, say that when you die, it turns out there is no God. If, say, you expected to see Jesus, or God, or some other form of everlasting life and it is not there. Living a life of loving others, of trying to improve the world, of peace and hope, does not seem to be one that was wasted.

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