Religion and Morals
I do not believe that religion has (as an agent of socialization) lessened its influence on the development of one’s morals and values because there are many different cultures that rely on religion today and their parables to teach their children as they grow, right from wrong. Despite the fact that our society has become worldlier and has placed a greater emphasis on self-gratification, the influence of religion has not stopped as a whole. In my own family for instance, the institution of religion is very important and it has been since before I was born. I was taught from a young age that I should always follow the Commandments because in the end, God decides where I go after I die. It may seem like a terrifying thing to be told growing up, but it ended up being the foundation of my morals. Not that the morals I have had have been based on fear or religion, but more so belief in my religion. I have always been taught with the stories from the Bible and attended mass with my family every week growing up. Although I do not go to church as often now, God and religion still have a huge impact on the way I live my life day to day. Not all the morals I was taught are based on religion; however, religion did help to shape them. The “Golden Rule” is an example of that. I was taught the Golden Rule at home, at school and at church. This Golden Rule-treat others the way you would like to be treated- did not necessarily come directly from religion itself, however, being Catholic I was taught that it is important to treat others as if they were your brother or sister. I believe that religion does provide a social bond that will always hold a society together because there are many religious groups and Sunday school classes that still exist today. They are all groups or clubs of people who are seeking help, comfort or even security that they are unable to find, possibly even just a group of people bonding over a common interest,...
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