Religion and Social Justice

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Religion is a collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Social justice is a full and equal participation of all groups in a society, mutually shaped to meet their needs. Learning about different religions and their systems of beliefs have opened my eyes to understand; the different views that are out there and how someone from a completely different system of belief can influence you and your actions. But what I believe and my faith or that thereof has not changed much besides helping me be more open minded. I have grown up in a somewhat religious family that followed the rules of the Christian faith. Nothing was ever forced on me but it was expected of me to believe there was a God and my family did and still does talk about God sometimes. I grew up going to church but as I got older I stopped going. Do I believe there is a God? Yes I do, that’s all that makes sense to me. How can a bible full of stories of God, how he created the earth, how his people followed him, and how he healed the sick not be true? I just don’t see how something that powerful can be made up. But maybe he just isn’t as powerful as everybody believes he is. The crimes, the homeless, the sick, the dying, the bad and selfish people having everything they want and the good people struggling to survive and be happy just shouldn’t be. It just doesn’t make any sense to me that this happens if God has the power to do anything. Though I have never understood this I have never questioned Gods reasoning for anything and his ability to do anything until I have had certain experiences in my life. Martin Luther King an African American civil rights movement leader and activist who believes and follows the Christian religion, is a great example of a social justice worker. Based on the PowerPoint slides and lesson that were talked about in class Martin Luther King’s philosophy was to expose racism, prejudice,...
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