Faiths Together, Live on Wednesday 26th January 3-4pm

Join Jason Kenyon and the faiths together team of DC and Bizzy Kizzy for an informative show about religion. This week the topic is “Do we need religion”.
In the studio they will have experts guests answering that important question of
“Is religion needed in today’s society”

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5 replies on “Faiths Together, Live on Wednesday 26th January 3-4pm”

When religion was created, people’s natural morals and their hope for individuality were put into the “laws” of the religion. What is good and bad is determined by the people. Thomas Hobbes claimed that without leadership life would be “nasty, short, and brutish.” The religion helped people express their ideas to the royalty, which in turn helped the people become individuals.

There is no doubt about it, in a society of gross imbalances somebody has to ask, “What is the role of religion? Should it be a private refuge or a public presence and how will we ever know?”

The Vietnamese tell a folk tale that I think goes right to the point of the question. The Vietnamese say that there is only one difference between heaven and hell. In hell, they have chopsticks three feet long and the people can’t eat. In heaven, they have chopsticks three feet long but the people feed each another.

The purpose of holiness is not to protect us from our world. The purpose of holiness is to change the way we live in the world, not for our own sake but for the sake of others. Jesus demands the same thing. For some reason or other, we often miss that point. We are more inclined to want a religion that comforts us than challenges us. Why? Where did we ever get that idea? Maybe it is because we have misunderstood, or at least forgotten, the meaning of Sabbath, the importance of mountain symbolism in religious literature and the effect of the very placement of gospel text.

Let’s look at each for a minute. Sabbath, the rabbis teach us, doesn’t exist because God needed rest. God doesn’t need rest. That is heresy. The rabbis tell us that the Sabbath exists because God demanded rest. God wanted Sabbath to equalize the rich and the poor, so that the poor could be free for at least one day and the rich could no longer oppress them. God wanted Sabbath to give us time to evaluate our work as God evaluated God’s work, to see if our work was equally good.

Finally, God gave us Sabbath to give us time to reflect on the meaning of life. Sabbath is one-seventh of every week. It is one-seventh of every life. Sabbath is fifty-two days a year, over 3,500 days in a lifetime of seventy years, or over ten years of the average life. Sabbath is thinking time designed to change us. Sabbath is important, then, to all of us in our worlds. Week after week after week, we have to ask the questions, “What changes are demanded of us now?” That answer, I think, depends on how we see the role of religion.

Belief in afterlife/reincarnation is quite necessary for people who find life on Earth tragic or tedious. Belief that our deeds will affect our place in this afterlife is necessary to control those who just do not care about being moral. Religion can also motivate work or learning on the pretext of doing a deity’s will.

But nowadays, life is happy for most people, and they are willing to accept it is the only one. As you say, most have been socialised into morality, and care about others’ rights. And the general person will learn for the sake of learning alone, work for the pride and enjoyment of it, if not for some wages that, at the very least, can offer easy enough survival.

I suspect the answer to the question is ‘no’.

Do we need religion morally, that’s really up to the individual person. But morals vary from religion to religion, and it is so subjective that there is no “right” or “wrong” moral necessarily; just one that fits society and what you believe, even if mutually. People often make the mistake of believing that morality cannot exist without religion, but good people who are assumed of having morals can be without religion.

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