Religious need or importance of religion for humanity (HUB 39) 

  A STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND WHY HUMANITY NEEDS RELIGIONS ETC.

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 Importance of religion

About religious beliefs

Welcome to my hub 39, importance of religion

This is a study of religions and how they serve humanity

May God help me to say the right things in these religious writings?

Today people sometimes are not sure about religious beliefs, so, one may ask: Is religion really important and necessary to exist for all humanity?

The answer to this question is definitely yes, because really religion is very important to humanity.

So, let me try to explain in my own ways the Importance of religion. I believe that religion is necessary and also very important to every living soul, because it is in our nature that we need to believe in religion in order to have a meaningful life, you see, we have always felt the need to believe in a higher power, which we like to turn for help when we are not sure about ourselves; we need religion also to explain our own existence, and if we don’t believe in any religion then we might feel that life is meaningless. And therefore we will start asking questions about our own existence and this again will show us the importance of religion.

You see, we need only to look back at the history of mankind, where we will find that there have always been many religious beliefs; we will find that all sorts of civilizations had their own religious beliefs. Even though most of those beliefs nowadays have been proven to be untrue, never the less they were very helpful to the people of those days, because they helped to create a meaningful life for them, since their religions helped them create a way of life according to their own beliefs.

Wherever we look in the past we find evidence that people have always believed in some sorts of religion, with gods who were more powerful than themselves (that is us humans), which we humans liked to turn for help when we would find ourselves in a awkward and dangerous position. Most groups of people and entire civilizations have also believed in the afterlife, which would give them some sort of immortality, since no one likes to die and disappear forever. Some of these religions proved to be good in the ancient world, some of them were however not as good, and a few of them were really disgusting, as they believed in human sacrifice in order to keep their gods in a favourable mood for the rest of the community.

Today most of these ancient pagan religions have disappeared and they have been replaced with Christianity, but some of those archaic religions have left the signs of their existence. So, nowadays there are still statues of gods and goddesses to be seen; there are ancient books where one can get some ideas of what some of these religions were like; there are some words in our language which come from these ancient beliefs; as there are the names of the planets of the solar system, which come after the name of gods and goddesses; in everyday language, love sex and sexual diseases, they all seem to have something to do with Venus the goddess of love; and also many more other signs of their existence ancient religions have left behind. I believe that it would be a good thing if some of those beliefs were written down in here, so that we could remind mankind from where those meanings have come from, and they could also be used in religion not as a belief to believe in; but just to learn and compare with the belief that mankind has always had the need to believe in something higher them themselves.

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Before I say anymore about this religious subject, because this subject is controversial let me say something to my readers: 

 For my readers' peace of mind

Written for my readers’ peace of mind

To anyone who is a believer and believes in God and other religious beliefs, please read my Prayers for Reconciliation and Reconciliation of the Universe writings fully before you pass judgment and quit reading; you see Prayers for Reconciliation is only an idealistic religious theory, which through discussions with other fellow believer (and perhaps non-believers) is trying to find a way on how to link all existing religions together, in the hope that one day they would not be able to fight each other any longer, because religions become modified; Reconciliation of the Universe is the theory that might be able to achieve just that. So that in the future mankind can live a better life.

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WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE

We will have to set the stage for the entire world to see.

And whoever will read these writings might have to agree.

That here we are trying to find a way to God for all humanity;

In order to stay in touch with God-life-force for eternity

So, I am pray to God and his heavenly angels to help me. 

I AM PRAYING GOD FOR GUIDANCE.

Our Father in heaven, to you I turn God Most High, and I start to pray with all my heart, my soul and my mind. In the name of The-Father The-Son and The-Holy Spirit I am praying, hoping that the ever present guiding force of the Holy Spirit on earth would guide me; So that, I would be able to write my religious writing as humanly as possible according to your will. Father, hear my prayer and guide and help me! Amen.

 Beliefs and spiritual consciousness

Having looked in general terms about the old religions and the need we humans have for religions, let us now look at our own beliefs and spiritual consciousness that we have of ourselves today? We all know that religion and religious beliefs are very complex and there are many other things to keep in mind and follow as well. Because everything we do or believe in life has got something to do with our conscious or subconscious mind and therefore our own spiritual beliefs, it has always been like this and we have to find our own ways and beliefs.

Therefore, at this point of time one may ask the following questions, just to clarify the situation. We would like to know now, what do you mean by conscious and subconscious mind? What would be your personal religious beliefs, since you believe in religions? And, what were those old religions like and where did their beliefs come from?

We have reasons to believe that our consciousness or subconsciousness have always played a part in religion, because most things that we believed a long time ago, we are still believing today, so, this field of consciousness is very wide and includes many things, one of this examples could be found in our dreams, the old religions and today religions they both take into consideration our dreams. Now, here I have to admit that what is going to follow may seem to some of you dear readers that I am changing subject, but I am not, as I am still talking about religious things in my Prayers of reconciliation writings in this Hub called, Importance of religion.

You see, since the beginning of recorded time, people have always believed that some dreams may indeed come from our spiritual side; so, one has to accept that perhaps dreams are indeed a way of communication between the living and the dead, or if you want between the living dimension and the spiritual dimension, which our conscious or subconscious mind could be able to communicate at certain times.

Therefore, one would say that when we are sleeping, we could be in a position to communicate with the spiritual world; I want to say this because what follows hereunder are a few religious dreams, which I dreamed and they seemed so real to me that I felt that I had indeed met these spiritual forces in my dreams?

Now, as the writer of these Prayers of Reconciliation religious writings, I am going to describe to you my personal religious beliefs and also my dreams; my personal religious beliefs are those of a modified Roman Catholic person, I am saying modified because there are some issues that I do not agree completely with this religion.

Anyhow in order to give you an insight of my religious beliefs I am going to tell you some of my religious dreams, as you all know dreams usually reflect the inner most part of what a person belief are. I want to do this because last week in the Hub Pages I wanted to reply to one of those questions that asked, about having a relationship with Jesus Christ, since I could not answer that completely, I said that I would answer it in my next hubs here, so here I am, and I am going to tell you my religious dreams about our Lord Jesus Christ.

 First dream about Jesus Christ

MY FIRST DREAMS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

 In this first dream about Jesus Christ and other spiritual forces is thus:

I seem to go around in many unknown places, as we all know dreams can take us in very strange places, some of these places are good and some are not so good. At one stage during my dream I seem to be in danger, because some evil force or people are after me to rob me or harm me. So, I try to run away from them, while I am running away from this danger, I try to find some safety by knocking at a stranger door, the door opens and an old Lady let’s me in, I felt safe in there, because there were some wise mature people inside, I wanted to thank the Lady (who may well have been the virgin Mary) for letting me in: But they all the people seem to smile back at me, as if I knew only half what was going on. So I started looking around to find the reason, and there I see my own mother beside me in company with the old Lady: So I could not help it; (as I was aware in the dream that my mother had passed away a few months before) So I asked my mother: (in my own native language, which translated in English is) Who sends you here to help me? Is it Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary? There was no much else to be said, as I was waiting for an answer from my mother, but it did not happen. Anyhow, this dream ends here because I woke up.

 Second dream and others dreams

SECOND DREAM

My second dream, I had one more dream soon after this dream that I have written above, that is after a couple of nights or there about: and here again it seems that the evil force or evil people are after me, as they want to rob or harm me, it is because they think that I have in my possession something that’s very important to them, I do not know what this something is, but they are all after me anyhow. They seem to catch up with me, and I feel that I could not escape from them anymore, so I knew that I was in grave danger because they were the evil ones. So in my despair I turned to heaven and prayed God to help me. At that moment there was not a cloud in the sky when I started to pray, but soon two large eyes formed in the sky and they were looking down upon me, and winged at me benevolently, a large and well defined head formed in the sky like a portrait, and this head seemed to fill up most of the sky. At the sight of this God send head figure the evil ones were frozen with fear, and did not move a single step to grab me. So they all stopped frightened in a corner of this lake, while I was on the shore of this lake looking back at them, as they seemed to shrink in size on a small boat, it was as if they wanted to hide from this mighty force up in the sky.

At the same time I became aware that, what the evil ones wanted from me did not belong to them or to me, but was something that had in possession, which had to be divided into three parts, and one part of this belonged to mother: The dream did not explain who the mother was, and since it is very unlikely that it would be my mother; then the mother very likely would be mother nature, or perhaps God, since God is everywhere and could be said to be equals to mother nature.

After that, when I woke up in the morning, this dream became very important to me, because in the morning I found a red spot on my forehead between my eyes, it was small but it was just like one of those religious people from India make on their forehead for themselves.

So my question is now: Did I in my dream really call on this heavenly force? And the heavenly force came to help me, and then left a sign on my forehead to let me know who that heavenly force was, and that I should remember the meaning of this dream that I dreamed.

I hope you see what I mean, when I talk about religious beliefs and the Importance of religion.  

THIRD DREAM

To give meaning to the following dream and prove the Importance of religion, I have to say that one has to assume that when we are sleeping, we could be in a position to communicate with the spiritual world; I want to say this because what follows hereunder is a religious dream that I had and it seemed so real to me that I felt that I had indeed met this spiritual force. 

So, I dare ask these questions to you my readers: Do you believe in dreams? Do you believe that we may indeed communicate with the spiritual world in our dreams? Has anyone else met Christ? Even if this event was only a dream, because a while ago I did answer this question myself in a discussion group and this is what I said: 

(Q) Has anyone else met Christ?

(A) Perhaps I have met The Lord Jesus Christ in a dream? This is a special dream that I should have written down soon after I dreamed it but I didn’t: So now I will write only that part of the dream that seems very important to know, just to keep the record and its meaning. 
To make a long story short I will only tell you this important part of the dream: As we all know dreams are always somehow different from normal life, sometimes we all dream dreams that are somewhat in another dimension, or physically impossible in real life, anyhow I was dreaming that I was flying in the sky, a lot of times I dream that I am flying, so this dream is a normal dream for me, and this is when I believe I have met the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE DREAM

I was dreaming that I was up in the sky above the sub continent of India and I was 
searching for I don’t know what, there was a very large benevolent field force near and above me, this force was filling about half the sky of India; I felt that this heavenly force was very friendly to me and at a certain point this force spoke to me to introduce itself in a friendly manner saying: 
Do you know who I am? (And then in answer to itself said) I AM THE MORNING STAR. 
Although this dream lasted a bit longer, there was no much else of importance said after that between me and this field force and the dream slowly fades away. 
At the time of this dream I had no idea who could be THE MORNING STAR: 
But since then I have found out that 
THE MORNING STAR could only be The Lord Jesus Christ. 
So I believe that this dream is my close encounter with the lord Jesus Christ.

This is what I could call my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Of course THE MORNING STAR has different meanings to different people, but for me in my dream THE MORNING STAR can only be The Lord Jesus Christ, see the last page of the Bible.

 Now that I have talked to about my religious dreams, I can go back to talk to you about the first question, what were those old religions like?  

 WHAT WERE THOSE OLD RELIGIONS LIKE?

WHAT WERE SOME OF THOSE OLD RELIGIONS LIKE?

In my writings of Prayers of reconciliation, as we want to analyze all sorts of religions, so in this Hub of Importance of religion, I am writing this chapter not because I want my readers to believe in the following old religions; but because I want my readers to see that people have always needed religions. I also want my readers to understand that even though these religions were false, they gave those ancient people who believed in those religions a sense of help, so, they felt better for practicing them and believing in those religions.

Now if people can feel better just practicing religion even when it proves to be false; then how much better it could be if one practice a true religion were God is alive and real? This is the question which I want my readers to understand, I want my readers also to keep in mind that the aim of my writings is to find a way about how one can find our real living God and how to practice the true religion.

But now as we want to see these old religions let me go back to talk about old religions.

Some of those pagan religions believed in many gods and goddesses: The ancient Greeks and the Romans believed that their gods and goddesses were immortal and they lived on Mount Olympus Greece. Every god had special tasks to perform, which were very much like the ministers of a democratic government of nowadays. Those gods had as their king Jupiter the most powerful of them all, he had in his hands thunder bolts which could strike anyone if and when he wanted; his wife was Juno who was a very strong and powerful goddess. Jupiter was the son of Saturn and ruled all over the earth, there were other gods and goddesses who helped Jupiter in doing what had to be done, some of which were: Mars god of the war, Mercury, Apollo, Venus the goddess of love, and many more. Jupiter also had two other brothers, one was Neptune king of the seas, and the other was Pluto king of the underworld.

But if one wants to understand what all these gods were doing one should really read old literature, like The Iliad, the Odyssey or The Enid and other similar old books. There is a lot more to say about old religions: but since old religions are a thing of the past, I do not want to spend much more time on this subject, so, I believe that this chapter should end like this in order to make sense.

My dear readers, I believe that since humanity needs religion to live a good and meaningful life; then we must try to find and believe in the true living God and the true religion and then practice that, because it will be really worthwhile if we want to live our lives properly.

Nowadays religion seems to be bypassed by the public main stream, so this question arises:

Why religion is not as popular as it used to be?

What can we do to make religion attractive to people?

Do we need a different approach to Religion?

So now, let me start from the beginning, and let’s see what we as people really think about ourselves to begin with: And then, step by step or link by link by rational reasoning we have to try to reach our goal, which is to find our way to the meaning of our life. So what should we believe about our life. So, in next hub I will talk about people life and religions.