Elements of Religious Traditions

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World Religious Traditions II

Elements of Religious Traditions

While there are many important characteristics to understanding religion, my focus here is to explain how religious traditions describe and encourage relationship with the divine, relationship with sacred time, relationship with sacred space, relationship with the natural world, and relationship with other human beings. All religious traditions with the divine are defined incomparably based on different faiths and belief systems, but they all have the same concern for the deepest level of reality, and for most religions the core or origin of everything is sacred and mysterious. (Molloy & Hilgers, 2010). Yahweh, The Great Mother, Divine Parent, Allah, Great Spirit, Dao, and The Absolute are only some of the examples people use to describe the divine. In Christianity, the divine is defined as the Holy Trinity; The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. It may seem like Christians believe in three gods, but in actuality, they believe that God is one. This belief in one God is called monotheism. Christians believe that God’s actions and trinitarian relations in the world to place spirit and holy love as core qualities of God are foundational for relationship with humans. The Father acts in love to draw people to the Son through the power of the Spirit. (Miner, 2009). Sacred time, considered to be the threshold between time and eternity with the rhythm of human life, is believed to be the holy ancient past in which the gods lived and worked. Indigenous religions encourage relationships with sacred time by reliving the deeds of the gods and ancestors ritually. They believe that by doing this, they can enter into the sacred time that the gods and ancestors reside in. Most indigenous religions would even configure their everyday lives to mimic events in sacred time just to create a sense of holiness in their day to day. (Molloy & Hilgers, 2010). It is suggested that the world's traditional...
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