Religion can be described in a number of ways. For example, some religions do not believe in a god, while others believe in several gods and the survival of the soul. However, a common definition of religion is the belief in a supernatural force. This article will discuss some of the characteristics of religions and the influences they have on society and health.
Relationship between religion and morality
Historically, the relationship between religion and morality has been closely linked. Though there has been much collaboration between the two, the relationship has not always been fruitful. Western critics have often attacked the link between religion and morality, citing dubious eschatological schemes, immoral teachings, and doctrines of forgiveness that serve manipulative ends. These critiques were valid for all traditions, at least at one time in history.
While there is no universally agreed upon definition of morality, some countries in the world are more tolerant than others. For example, most Western Europeans are convinced that society should allow homosexuality, while Russians are more likely to oppose it. In Asia, for example, the relationship between religion and morality varies widely. In Japan, a majority of people reject the idea of a morality without God, while a substantial minority in India and South Korea believes in a deistic system. On the other hand, in Arab countries such as Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, the relationship between religion and morality is relatively strong.
Relationship between religion and mythology
Mythology is a set of stories that depict supernatural beings or events. These stories are often the products of a culture’s attempt to define itself and the universe. Mythology is also a science of interpretation. A good example is the ancient Greek religion, which is closely tied to the Greek myths.
Religion and mythology share many characteristics. Both are aimed at establishing a religion. Mythology uses stories to prove that beliefs are true. Religions depend on myths for their survival.
Influence of religion on health
There are many ways in which religion influences our health. One way is through the social perception that we must be good to be good. We can also have religious expectations that a medical treatment will save us. Lastly, religion often encourages us to believe in miracles and the impossible. Research on the link between religion and health is ongoing.
However, some research shows that religious beliefs may be affecting our health. One study found that people who attended religious services had a greater tendency to be healthier than those who did not attend church. The study included 810 participants and 163 who did not attend church. The majority of participants (345) were Christian, 153 were Roman Catholic, and 308 were Buddhist. The remaining four participants belonged to other religions. The percentage of religion among participants was higher among women than men in all categories. The participants with religious beliefs were more likely to be college graduates than those without religious beliefs. However, those who did not attend church had a higher rate of binge drinking and heavy drinking than those who were religious.
Influence of religion on social institutions
Religion plays a major role in determining social institutions. It provides moral guidance to citizens and strengthens the social order. One of the famous moral codes of our time is the Ten Commandments. Many modern societies have been influenced by religion and its philosophies. Nevertheless, religion has many negative consequences.
In the modern world, religion is often seen as a source of inequality. Many people believe that their suffering will be rewarded by God in the afterlife, which explains why they are unwilling to revolt against their situation. These religious beliefs are also responsible for the perpetuation of social inequality.