Why Religion Matters
I was raised Catholic all my youth, having been baptized 3 months into my life for the forgiveness of sins that I had yet to commit; I did as I was told and I didn’t question my church or any other authority figure. As I reached my early years of high school I began to do as all teenagers do: Question authority and ask questions when given any commands. Having dealt with an abusive step father, an unaware working mother, and non existing father, God seemed as though he was a fairy tale in the Bible. I can proudly say that since my age of reasoning I am a proud Christian and thank God for that. Religion has not only helped me in life, but gives me a hope that nothing else will ever give. Religion does not hinder society but instead it is needed to survive in such a harsh world.
People hear religion then see clichés, simple minded hypocritical republicans who judge the decisions of those who do differently than what they preach. They see a confusing lifestyle filled with shame and guilt lead by fun that could only be depicted by gathering in a circle with a guitar singing church music. That’s not my life; however I do enjoy the occasional youth circle with my guitar at hand singing some Nirvana. My salvation comes from my immediate connection and relationship with God, my religion also helps maintain my morality. And it is this morality that gives people a new hope despite any condition. In Tuchman’s The Plague, “Men and women…wandered around as if mad and let their cattle stray because no one had any inclination to concern themselves about the future” (Tuchman 38). No one had any motivation to keep working because they were going to die. Without God, or a set religion, one cannot see the hope of another day, nor can one rejoice in death. One lives day to day aimlessly without expecting to die and when they are face to face with the idea of it, they shut down. When having a religion one has hope, faith, and looks forward to the day they...
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