BELIEF IS ACTIVE: HOW OUR BELIEFS EFFECT OTHERS IN SOCIETY

 

Silhouette Image of Person Praying

“It’s how society should be.”


how the lord intended it to be

In America today, so much of our beliefs effect how we all live our lives. An to a degree, how other countries lives, especially if they are allies can have an effect as well. When you believe something to be true, no matter what, people are going to push their will on society. We don’t just do it for religion, we do it for other things as well. If I want to live my life a certain way and others around agree, you are forced to fall in line. And what’s crazy is that living in America you should have the freedom to not be apart of something if you shall choose. But if you don’t align yourself with the status quo, then you will find yourself in a tough jam. The thing is, why do we care so much about each others’ beliefs?

the psychology of man

The reason humans have to enforce will has to do with us as a creature. As a creature we are endowed with the ability to have beliefs and have free-will. And for some reason, we seem to think that since we have these things it is supposed to mean something. When in reality what we believe to be true and what is actually true is different. I would love to believe a lot of things in our world, but the reality is, I have to decipher what is more important. So many people refuse to admit that a lot of what we believe is just not valid. If you have ten beliefs, only three are important. But then you get into this argument of well who gives you the right. Then from there is if it’s not important, why do I feel this way? So you just let them ramble, and as long as they don’t negatively effect society, you leave them be. Because it is only their lives they waste by jamming everything into their lives.

evolution says a lot

Being the carbon based lifeforms that we are, we learn and grow and understand the world around us. So the more we learn about self, the more we realize how complex the mind is, but how mundane we live and behave. So a lot of human beliefs are actually falling apart. Well at least the ones we have come to know over time. Because you cannot expect us to carry the same thoughts forever on Earth. So what happens is new ones replace outdated ones. So who knows in the future what the new-new-new ones will be.


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GODLESS: DOES TECHNOLOGY EFFECT OUR BELIEF IN A HIGHER POWER

Silhouette of Person Standing Beside Cross during Sunset

“Why is it being replaced?”


a new form of worship

For the past few thousand years man has worshiped a higher power. but what happens the more people become not only aware of self, but are deep into our gadgets. So much so that we begin to follow the practices not in alignment with our cultural backgrounds. We are ritualistic when it comes to our need to always be connected to our digital devices. We carry devices around like it’s our bible, and we can’t help but to look down even if it’s for something very mundane.

belief system in jeopardy

How could ones belief system be in jeopardy because they are into technology. Well, the things that beliefs have challenged for so long are being made possible today. So people are less interested in the intricacy of the idea and more about the burden of proof. And the more technology we have the more information is out here, the more people challenge what is it they believe in.

is it going away

Religion is going away, but is technology really an aspect of the decline? Or, are we just more aware? But that awareness comes as a result of having so much technology readily available.


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GAY IN THE COMMUNITY: HARDSHIPS OF BEING GAY IN A TRADITIONAL BLACK COMMUNITY

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“Out ain’t easy.”


gay under conservatism 

In the Black community, we have long been so governed under the Christian faith that anything that goes against the grain has been ostracized.  And the issue that falls under this topic would have to be gay relationships. It exist in a community, but not widely talked about in a community. You are refrained from really discussing it, but it’s so in your face in today’s society. But how does it feel to be a member of the LGBT community in such a conservative environment? Me being a heterosexual male, I can’t relate to this, but have heard stories told.

biblical fears

The bible has its many uses, but in certain communities the bible was used to do two things. It was used to enslave and it was used to uplift; crazy right. The enslavement of Black people through Christianity in America was a justified, but the religion has also been used to uplift a community. So the the fundamentalist fears that stand keeps a people from delving too deep into LGBT rights. Since the bible states that it is against it, then most likely there will be a push against it.  Which means there is a clear separation between how one feels as a person and how one views the relations via the bible.

generational shifts

There is something to be said about the change in times. Because this is more of an issue to an older generation. Because if you are under a certain age, then this conversation is more of a non-discussion. Because to a younger generation you’re used to seeing Gay couples. Rather it be on television, film, or in our daily lives. So to hear our parents, or even grandparents not accepting is a shock to us. We love our grandparents, and pride ourselves on being open. We even push back against those who speak out against the LGBT community, but we are not ready to deal with our elders who fight against the movement.


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CHURCH AND STATE: WHERE DOES RELIGION BELONG IN SCHOOL

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“To or not to learn.”


god in school

God in schools has been a debate for years. And the obvious reason why there is no religion in schools is because we not only all have different belief systems. But we all have our own interpretation for what God means. And when sending our children to school, we may believe the same religion that is being taught yet still do not want the schools pushing their own beliefs onto our children. So we have worked to have a separation of church and state. But are there other reasons for why we have religion removed from schools?

lifestyle gets in the way

We all have lives that may conflict with our religious beliefs. And for that reason, you cannot teach religion in schools. The instructors just like the parents of the kids have lives. And to come to school and teach God and religion, yet have their own lives that cause conflicts with religion can create an unstable environment. The bible was written during a time period totally different than the one today. So living by the book becomes virtually impossible in the world today.

whose book?

Having so many groups living in an environment can create a problem when trying to figure out what religion to practice. But even if we look at just Christianity, which is the dominant religion of America, what sect shall be practiced? Will it be Baptist, Agnostic, Pentecostal, Catholicism, Lutheranism, or Jehovah Witness viewpoint? And they all have different takes in Christianity themselves. And after them you have Islam and Judaism, who have their own sects under these headings, not to mention Atheist.. So trying to place religion in schools would cause problems, even among Christians. So for now, let’s keep the religious talks for families to deal with not schools.


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SELECTIVE BELIEF: WHY DO SOME IGNORE CERTAIN PRINCIPLES AND ACCEPT OTHERS

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“Passages: omit some, accept others.”


beliefs

We as people have beliefs that carry us through life. It is that thing in our lives that makes us thankful for waking up each and every morning. But what happens when that belief starts to cross over into everyone elses’ lives? We love to impose our beliefs onto others. But what happens when what we believe in faith collides with society?

What happens when there is something that takes place in our society that we feel close to us creates a bind with what we believe in religion? You are forced to choose between the faith and the social; but what usually happens is that people try to hold on to both. And what that does is you’re forced down a deeper rabbit hole.

the beliefs that creates binds 

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence recently stated that he personally talks to God. And comedian and talk show host Joy Behar commented calling his ability to talk to God, “Mental illness.” It was a statement that got her in trouble with ABC television, for which she was forced to apologize.

But when a man says God spoke to him that would imply that they actually talk. And if they talk, considering what religion is, then how does God feel about guns in our society, or illegal immigration. It’s interesting what God talks to him about and what he omits in conversation. That is the divisiveness of including beliefs in politics. And it’s the duplicitous mentality of some people of faith.

stuck in choices

In our beliefs, we have what we feel and what is real. And what is real tends to be used to combine with the belief. I believe the bible is real, but I really believe in man’s direction. So we try to hold on to society and the teachings of God. But the teachings of God reject so much of how we live. So there lies the bind.

So instead of following the belief we make an excuse, yet people should still follow the belief. And you can’t worship both sides: you can live the way of God, or you can live by man’s ways. But following two powers fully is not possible because one rejects the other.


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GOD PARTICLES: HOW SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS EFFECT BELIEFS

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“The hurt of this is it.”


the burden of proof

Throughout history science has changed changed and shaped so much of how we live today. But as the science gets better and better, so does the decline in religious beliefs. And why is that? Why is it that something like religion that has stood the test of time become at risk of failing. We would like to think that it is social issues, but it’s not. The world has always, and will always have social problems. But the strength of science is a threat because science is more than just trying to trace the age of man and our world. It’s our food, our medicine, our relationships, and our mental stability. Man’s curiosity via science has gotten us into trouble and has aided us also in living longer.

factors in change

There are quite of few things that could change as a result of the science replacing the beliefs in our society.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • In a society with limited to no religion we are seeing the effects of relationships today. It was a tradition for a man to approach a woman’s mother and father first before asking her on a date. You waited until you were married to have sex, and fewer children were out of wedlock. Once the beliefs in religion diminish, you start to see no parental intervention in the child’s choice of dating. More sexual relationships that don’t lead to marriage, and single parent households climbing. Like I said, we are seeing this already.Image result for app dating
FOOD
  • What I find interesting is that the belief is leaving, but the food we eat and how biblical text says man should eat are eerily similar. Now the reasons for them can be slightly different. You have religion that says the body is a temple and nonreligious people say it’s a temple. Only difference is that nonreligious people feel that the body is a temple for longevity and health and belongs to us. While religion feels that the body belongs to God, and you should care for it as he would want you to.

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EDUCATION
  • The way we learn in school could change drastically because for the longest we have had freedom of religious beliefs. But the way science interprets the world around us, it becomes harder and harder to focus in institutions. The Big Bang Theory is just that, a theory; and as long as something remains a theory it is up for debate. No matter how strong the argument, but the moment it becomes the Big Bang Theory Truth, that’s when people beliefs are in limbo.

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QUALITY OF LIFE
  • As with all the changes in society, how will ones quality of life be effected. Because for the longest the held belief is there is something awaiting after life. But without the idea of an afterlife, could it bring people down to know this is it? Because there is this motivation to do good since there is to be something after you die. Yet when you only have this and your this, like a lot of people is an awful existence, where are you left. So most don’t want to entertain the idea of a this is it, while so many others love their lives and can accept the end.

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a life without your belief

What would a life look like with just pure science and other beliefs. This would mean that the average human lives to be 78 years with the notion that this is it. It would mean that a reason to live in the moment becomes a lot more important than to actually build in society. Because why build if there is nothing after this. You should just sit back and enjoy life. Why work, why contribute to society? Sure it helps the next generation, but most people don’t like their jobs and/or lives. So, there is a benefit to maintaining religious beliefs. Because humanity is still as fragile as we were eons ago.


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GIVING IN: HAVE LOSING SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU EFFECTED YOUR BELIEF IN GOD

“Have you been broken or restored?”


Now, the title I decided to use for this topic is a little odd because dying is apart of life. But the title leaves open for a lot of ways to look at this particular subject. Dying could be seen at a young age, from an unexplained illness, or a tragic event happening to someone of such good nature. You might have so many questions as to why this person left the Earth at such a young age. Or better yet, how could such a debilitating illness take someone so good to the world. With so much bad in the world, why do so many of the good die young? It just doesn’t make sense how someone the world could seriously use could go so fast. What have you done when someone close to you passed unexpectedly? Did it bring you closer to God or make you not believe more?

In my life, there has not been anyone that have made me question. More so I look at the situation as a, “Wow, this person isn’t here anymore.” It just seems odd when that person who is not here was so pivotal in a family. So with me there was stunned feelings because of how everyone was discussing the holiday season. Little did we know, this person would not be around for both upcoming holidays.

Now on the other hand, there have been people in life who completely turn in their belief systems. This is usually people who lose relatives or friends to something tragic or an illness. In their minds, there is no God when something like this can happen. For example, a kid gets kidnapped and murdered, but the killer of that child is never found. People lose faith once they realize nothing will happen to find the person. So from that person who lost a child, they don’t want to hear about God, they might want revenge.

In the end, I can not tell anyone how to feel if they have lost someone close to them. Especially if the circumstances were quite tragic. With my example, it was the passing of my grandmother that was sudden. But she was 80 years of age, so it was easier to deal knowing she had lived a full life. But for others, that sometimes isn’t even enough.


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