Elements of Religious Traditions

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Elements of Religious Traditions
Margaret Chandler
REL/133 World Religious Traditions I
University of Phoenix
May 16, 2011

Elements of Religious Traditions
Many people in this world today have some kind of religion in their lives or just none. However, no matter what people beliefs are, they believe in some form of religion in some part of life such as the satanic, idols, myths, or astrology. They believe in some sort of a higher being other than people. Nevertheless, there is a difference between beliefs, being scared, and being religious. In this paper, you will find what it means to have beliefs, be scared, be religious, what makes these different from one another.

Belief, what is the meaning of belief? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica Company (2011), “ Belief is a conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being, or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence a state, or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing, something; especially: a tenet or body of tenets held by a group ” (Definition of BELIEF, para. 1). My beliefs as a children was there is good and evil, there is a heaven and a hell and that all good people go to heaven and all bad people go to hell. I read the book of Bible stories and it gave me believe that all of man-kind came from one man (Adam) and one woman (Eve). Most people learned that because of their disobedience to God (Jehovah) we live long-suffering lives. This brings forth the question of Religious.

What is the meaning of religious? According to experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change “Religion is a way of life founded upon the apprehension of sacredness in existence.” p. 5 Molloy, M. (2010). Religion is something...
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