As far as mankind’s history can date, religion has had quite an intimate relationship with people. Although maybe it hasn’t always been identified in the same way as we identify religion today, spread across the world we have the remains of pyramids, temples, and even written in ancient texts from centuries ago dedicated to god, to the afterlife, to what lies on the other side. And up to today’s times, religion has grown along with man.
In the United States we can find religion all across the country and it’s as diverse as the people following them. I think that it is apparent that here in the US religion does simultaneously both divide people into distinct groups and unite them by giving us some common ground to be able to relate to with one another.
Here in the US we have several different religions being practiced everyday: like Zoroastrianism, Shinto, Muslim, Buddhism, Hinduism, and as well as Judaism and Christianity and even newer beliefs like scientology. Religion is a very important thing to people because it helps us find answers to some very difficult questions, namely what are we and why are we here. This is very important itself because knowing who we are is the basis of our beliefs and the foundation to everything that we do. (Neusner, 2009)
As children we are born with a natural curiosity that pulls us out into the world. Going out and experiencing new things, seeing different environments; like the first time you see the ocean or snow or the Grand Canyon, it adds to the world that we know and changes our perspective on it with each new thing. But if we reflect upon it and ask what is the ocean? Or what is it that gives us life and makes us so different from a rock. These are questions which cannot be easily answered. Yes we have studied the anatomy of humans and every other creature which we can get a hold of to only try and better answer this question but still we cannot be just a heart pumping blood through tissue and a brain guiding our actions, there has to be more to it.
Religion gives us another perspective on the matter, a higher perspective like that of when we have an ant farm. We look into an ant farm and study it and understand their actions and what each individual’s purpose is. But we cannot see ourselves from such a perspective alone, thanks to science we estimate the earth to be billions of years old but it’s difficult for us to comprehend such an amount of time if we can only understand that an average person today lives about sixty years. Religion gives us another perspective to reflect upon ourselves, one that helps us find answers and hope that we have a purpose and a reason for being.
The United States of America is a country that was founded by immigrants, with the exception of the Native American Indians that were already here all the people that came here are immigrants. All of the immigrants brought their cultures and religions with them from different parts of the world to mix together; giving the...