The Structure Of Religion -
* There is competition to make its god, God or entity to be bigger or older than the others.
* Often a religion or philosophy is based around an analogous sun or moon or employs other illustrations of nature, even nature itself, as in Zen Buddhism.
* Religion attempts to answer the question of how men and women fit into the broad scheme of things.
* Not much is known of the so-
* If at all, this invisible entity or deity is usually seen in Heaven only after death. According to the apostle Paul, his THEOS cannot even be seen by angels. Muslims, however, are able to see Al ilah as a glorious light in their heaven after judgement day.
* With no physical evidence of this invisible deity's existence, this can only be perceived with the mind and its imagination. The lack of any first-
Did Paul's Jesus, created in the image of his invisible THEOS, even exist (Colossians 1:15) or was almost everything produced by Yeshuwa and the Twelve removed, leaving nothing behind but the futile imaginations of men? Indeed is there any proof other than imaginative speculations for the existence of such an invisible deity or entity?
* This supreme being or entity considers itself number one or the first cause.
* It speaks mathematical and empirical logic, even though its voice cannot be heard except by schizophrenics and would-
* Its presence and influence fills all things, like water or air fills every nook and cranny.
* It seems to know everything or is familiar with what is happening all over the world and universe.
* Those who believe its messenger are its favourites. Non-
* It defines good and evil in terms of behaviour (sin and good works) or positive and negative energies (yin and yang, light and dark).
* The entity is always righteous, making those who revere or venerate it similarly righteous or capable of becoming so.
* It sees humanity as a miniscule part of the vast universe while its followers look out at the stars and galaxies (through eyes and telescopes), yet can never touch them.
* Each religion or philosophy attempts to explain the origins of life without any real clues as to how it happened.
* Its universe always appears as if by magic. Each faith believes that its explanation of how this took place is true, even though all arguments utilised appear speculative.
* The deity cannot be told, since it is empowered to do whatever it chooses. Its will must be respected. Whatever happens is destiny. One goes with the flow and accepts this as life. Those who fight against it tend to struggle in vain or else reinvent the deity.
* Here it is deemed to be the judge who decides on all matters of law, yet has put a version of its judicial system into the hands of its followers, who then administer it vicariously.
Lower courts are usually the starting point with certain matters referred to higher courts which may go up as far as the supreme or high court for final determinations.
Those entrusted with the judicial system also have the power to make laws which reflect their own perceptions of morality or righteousness, usually based upon a considered interpretation of the deity's will.
Canon and sharia law are two examples of this. Often a body politic or religious hierarchy will make or endorse these changes in law.
* Each invisible faith has a different mindset or paradigm. It comes with its own jargon, expertise and authority structures.
* Then there is the spell it casts. The more involved one gets, the greater the emotional attachment and the harder it is to let go.
* These belief systems tend to become stressful as they attempt to deal with life's anomalies, in the process producing health issues. Usually the dairy cow is central to this.
Religion is the cause of so much disease and illness in society (see Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 7:15 and 28:59-
* Each religion or philosophy has its own energy package, that is, a set of beliefs which discovers all the evidence needed to prove it. Normally this is ascribed to its God or entity.
Faith is so reassuring. Yet where proof is short on substance, then it will make adjustments and claim it is God's will.
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