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Infographics: Religious Indicator

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9 Reasons Religion is So Powerful

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How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

religionOftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, part and even at a coffee shop.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.

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The Importance of Religion Today

religionMore and more people are seemingly drifting away from religion, converting themselves from strong followers of a belief, to becoming an atheist who knows no God. But despite of what other people say, religion is still important. It’s a part of our history, and also a current part of ourselves.

Religion is important because…

…it fortifies the confidence of one’s self. Religion provides us something to believe in. It feeds us the idea that everything we do is divine and for worship. This gives people the desire to go out and work each day.

…it has an impact on the political system. Back in the days, religion has played a very important role. And even until today, it still affects the activities and decisions made in the political world. Political leaders take oaths in the name of God, before they can take the seat in the government.

…it affects the economy. One of the many examples is the rise of capitalism, influenced by the Protestant ethics. Meanwhile, the Hindus is very specific of spiritual improvement over material, thus materialism doesn’t develop in India.

…optimum source of social solidarity. The most important requirement to be able to a call group of people a society are the existence of social values where each person controls his/her actions, and of the others. Science nor technology can’t fill this aspect. Science didn’t teach us to obey our parents, nor did technology teach us to be honest at all times.

…it is a medium of socialization and social control. Those who believe in a religion digest certain ideals and values from their belief. It can help the young generation of today to become moral, disciplined and socialized individuals of the society. Religious places also control the behavior of people at a various point.

…it changes animal qualities to human qualities. Religion demands the people to be charitable and kind-hearted. With different religious experiences, a believer forgets the worldly life and the problems that come with it. These experiences discourages the animal desires, and changes the animal aspects of each person to human qualities.

…it promotes social virtues. Through religion, we learn things such as truth, honesty, peace, service, love, morality, and a lot more. A believer of a religion absorbs these social virtues and turns into a disciplined individual of the society.

…it teaches us that doing the wrong things have consequences. If you kill someone, you will not only commit a crime, but you will also take a life of another person that is not yours for the taking. If you lie to someone, you will not only hide the truth from him/her, but you also breaks that trust that he/she has in you.

…it keeps people, specifically depressed ones from committing suicide. We live in a mean world where it is confusing and complicated. No one really knows what happens when we die. Religion is created to answer questions such as, why are we here. Who put me in this world? How was the world made?

 

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How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

Oftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, park. Or go out and buy an automatic espresso maker or even meet up in a coffee shop (see more at http://www.coffeeonfleek.com/best-commercial-espresso-machines-reviews/) . Coffee has quickly become our favorite way to meet people and have exciting intellectual conversations.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.