What is "Religion"?

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    What is "Religion", if not the most reasonable answer to the question that marks the beginning of Sentience: "How did I GET here?" :dunno:
     
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    The forcing of one's beliefs on another.

    Oh, wait...
     
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    Oh, wait... What? :dunno:
     
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    The definition of religion is "spritual discipline."
     
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    religion is to take care of the widow and the fatherless and keep oneself unspotted from the world.
     
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    What does that mean? :dunno:
     
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    How is that working out for you? Seems like impossible goals to measure.
     
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    It is the way you train your soul. Imagine if there were no religions, or secular belief systems. What would your soul be like as you grew from a child to an adult?

    There are very many different religions, each of them have their own way of training.

    Look at the shao-lin, they have extensive martial arts training. Does that get them closer to God? Well, in a way - it's great exercise, they can clear their minds or meditate while warming up, and the deadly force they now posses must be used with great wisdom. Look at the Methodists. They don't have much by way of exercise, to the contrary most that I know cook like crazy. A lot of religions promote fastidious housecleaning.

    Okay, so those are side issues, but they do figure into the overall big picture of where you want to train your soul. What works best for you, fasting for several days, meditating every day, handling live poisonous snakes, being part of a group that's locked itself away from the evil world, chanting or praying several times a day, or making great ceremony of religious events like Easter and weddings?

    When you get right down to it the moral codes are pretty much the same everywhere - don't steal, don't lie, don't kill, etc. What is added onto those basics, or what is it in the way those basics are presented that leads someone to one sect and not another?
     
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    Well, whatever ones religion is, it's a learned experience. Since religious activity represents the birth of organized human activity and organized human activity requires rules and regulations. I imagine that a child growing up with no religious training would be free to discover his own answer to the query: "How did I get here?"
     
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    I was thinking religions are basically guilt with different holidays.
     

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