Why Religions failed..???

What is Religion:

A system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by a group and that gives the members an object of devotion; a code of behavior by which individuals may judge the personal and social consequences of their actions; and a frame of reference by which individuals may relate to their group and their universe. Usually, religion concerns itself with that which transcends the known, the natural, or the expected; it is an acknowledgment of the extraordinary, the mysterious, and the supernatural. The religious consciousness generally recognizes a transcendent, sacred order and elaborates a technique to deal with the inexplicable or unpredictable elements of human experience in the world or beyond it.

Types of Religious Systems

The evolution of religion cannot be precisely determined owing to the lack of clearly distinguishable stages, but anthropological and historical studies of isolated cultures in various periods of development have suggested a typology but not a chronology. One type is found among some Australian aborigines who practice magic and fetishism but consider the powers therein to be not supernatural but an aspect of the natural world. Inability or refusal to divide real from preternatural and acceptance of the idea that inanimate objects may work human good or evil are sometimes said to mark a prereligious phase of thought. This is sometimes labeled naturism or animatism. It is characterized by a belief in a life force that itself has no definite characterization.

A second type of religion, represented by many Oceanic and African tribal beliefs, includes momentary deities (a tree suddenly falling on or in front of a person is malignant, although it was not considered “possessed” before or after the incident) and special deities (a particular tree is inhabited by a malignant spirit, or the spirits of dead villagers inhabit a certain grove or particular animals). In this category one must distinguish between natural and supernatural forces. This development is related to the emergence of objects of devotion, to rituals of propitiation, to priests and shamans, and to an individual sense of group participation in which the individual or the group is protected by, or against, supernatural beings and is expected to act singly or collectively in specific ways when in the presence of these forces.

In a third class of religion-usually heavily interlaced with fetishism-magic, momentary and special deities, nature gods, and deities personifying natural functions (such as the Egyptian solar god Ra, the Babylonian goddess of fertility Ishtar, the Greek sea-god Poseidon, and the Hindu goddess of death and destruction Kali) emerge and are incorporated into a system of mythology and ritual. Sometimes they take on distinctively human characteristics.

Beyond these more elementary forms of religious expression there are, what are commonly called the “higher religions.” Theologians and philosophers of religion agree that these religions embody a principle of transcendence, i.e., a concept, sometimes a godhead, that involves humans in an experience beyond their immediate personal and social needs, an experience known as “the sacred” or “the holy.”

In the comparative study of these religions certain classifications are used. The most frequent are polytheism (as in popular Hinduism and ancient Greek religion), in which there are many gods; dualism (as in Zoroastrianism and certain Gnostic sects), which conceives of equally powerful deities of good and of evil; monotheism (as in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), in which there is a single god; supratheism (as in Hindu Vedanta and certain Buddhist sects), in which the devotee participates in the religion through a mystical union with the godhead; and pantheism, in which the universe is identified with God.

Another frequently used classification is based on the origins of the body of knowledge held by a certain religion: some religions are revealed, as in Judaism (where God revealed the Commandments to Moses), Christianity (where Christ, the Son of God, revealed the Word of the Father), and Islam (where the angel Gabriel revealed God’s will to Muhammad). Some religions are nonrevealed, or “natural,” the result of human inquiry alone. Included among these and sometimes called philosophies of eternity are Buddhist sects (where Buddha is recognized not as a god but as an enlightened leader), Brahmanism, and Taoism and other Chinese metaphysical doctrines.

Source: http://www.answers.com/religion?afid=TBarLookup&nafid=27

Now we have the definition for religion and the types that got evolved as religions through the entire history of mankind. The entire above process looks apparently need based and logical parts of evolution in different geographical locations – but why did they fail in their purpose? What was the purpose? Was it for reaching a higher level of existence for mankind?  Did we achieve this? Materially yes and that was because of science & technology – not religion! But religion is not meant for material progress any way – but only for happiness & spirituality. Did we achieve this? A big No! On the contrary we have greatly degraded spiritually and have been reduced to beggars for happiness – thanks to religions! Why?

Religions have become tools of groupisms world over for money, power and control. Religion is an enforced faith by the “authority” – nothing to do with the relisation of divinity by the individuals. The authority is supposed to be the bridge between unseen & unreachable God and the Human – a presumption fundamentally faulted – providing for committing massive fraud by the so called “authority” on humanity – trying to control their minds and thoughts. Religions stand for money and power now – not for educating and promoting happiness & spirituality – thus utterly a failure!

MSR Ayyangar.

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About MSR

I am a Healthcare products manufacturer & exporter and also a healthcare counselor. The areas of my interest include Spirituality, Philosophy, Science, Engineering, Humanities, History and Sports.

Posted on July 1, 2010, in Religion and Spirituality and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thomas Paine wrote “All religions are good that teach man to be good.” In a secular world religions become weak as we have in the US. In a nonsecular world such as several of the religions you describe, religions are very strong and can control behavior to a much greater degree. The Islamic World is stuck between the two extremes and one can easily see the instability that has created. It is interesting to note that while the Islamic World is struggling to become secular, the US seems to be going in the opposite direction and trying to revert. I do not believe this will take place but it is possible since, alas, the Dark Ages did follow the magnificience of Rome and Greece.

    • Spring-Creek-River-Ocean::
      Pardon me for addressing you like this – as you did not leave your name at the end of your message. I agree with you completely on the purpose of religion – that it should make a man good, or teach him to be good. Any religion that insists on following a “strict regimen” that will try to suppress the natural instincts of Man – like biological needs as much as freedom of thought and action – will not only fail in their purpose miserably – but will also leave a string of destruction among the loyal followers. If a religion enables a man to regulate himself and his public conduct – to generate harmony in himself and his environment – then that religion will thrive against all opposition by the motivated religious manipulators. Other religions that only seek to control people and their minds without offering solutions to their basic problems – will slowly and certainly fade away over time – after causing some destruction. A religion can be evaluated on how much it helps reduce policing & litigation in any society that follows that religion!

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