What Is Religion?
REV 17:5........AND UPON HER FOREHEAD A NAME WRITTEN. A SECRET: BABEL THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE WHORES AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE ARETS (EARTH).
If you read this chapter you will come to the understanding that "THE BEAST" is religion. ALL RELIGION IS A BEAST AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY ABOMINATION ON THE FACE THIS EARTH - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE. We have the command from Yahusha to come out of this woman on the beast, break away into the loving arms of our Deliverer and Saviour Yahusha Messiah. Just remember where everything that has happened to you in your life has come from:
The woman on the beast: RELIGION.
NOW DON'T CHEAT . . . GO THROUGH ALL THE RESEARCH BELOW AND LET
YAHUSHA BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT WITH THIS AMAZING STUFF !!!
W H A T I S R E L I G I O N ? ? noun: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. "ideas about the relationship between science and religion" synonyms: faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology; More a particular system of faith and worship. plural noun: religions "the world's great religions" a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion. "consumerism is the new religion".
WHAT IS RELIGION ?? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about a general set of beliefs about existence. For other uses, see Religion (disambiguation). A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.[note 1] Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws, or a preferred lifestyle.
Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or set of duties; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is "something eminently social". According to the Pew Research Center's Global Landscape study from 230 countries, 84% of the world's population is affiliated with a religion.
WHAT IS RELIGION ?? . . . Etymology Religion (from O.Fr. religion "religious community", from L. religionem (nom. religio) "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods", "obligation, the bond between man and the gods") is derived from the Latin religiō, the ultimate origins of which are obscure. One possibility is an interpretation traced to Cicero, connecting lego "read", i.e. re (again) + lego in the sense of "choose", "go over again" or "consider carefully". Modern scholars such as Tom Harpur and Joseph Campbell favor the derivation from ligare "bind, connect", probably from a prefixed re-ligare, i.e. re (again) + ligare or "to reconnect", which was made prominent by St. Augustine, following the interpretation of Lactantius. The medieval usage alternates with order in designating bonded communities like those of monastic orders: "we hear of the 'religion' of the Golden Fleece, of a knight 'of the religion of Avys'".
In the ancient and medieval world, the etymological Latin root religio was understood as an individual virtue of worship, never as doctrine, practice, or actual source of knowledge. The modern concept of "religion" as an abstraction which entails distinct sets of beliefs or doctrines is a recent invention in the English language since such usage began with texts from the 17th century due to the splitting of Christendom during the Protestant Reformation and more prevalent colonization or globalization in the age of exploration which involved contact with numerous foreign and indigenous cultures with non-European languages. It was in the 17th century that the concept of "religion" received its modern shape despite the fact that ancient texts like the Bible, the Quran, and other ancient sacred texts did not have a concept of religion in the original languages and neither did the people or the cultures in which these sacred texts were written. For example, the Greek word threskeia, which was used by Greek writers such as Herodotus and Josephus and is found in texts like the New Testament, is sometimes translated as "religion" today, however, the term was understood as "worship" well into the medieval period. In the Quran, the Arabic word din is often translated as "religion" in modern translations, but up to the mid-1600s translators expressed din as "law". Even in the 1st century AD, Josephus had used the Greek term ioudaismos, which some translate as "Judaism" today, even though he used it as an ethnic term, not one linked to modern abstract concepts of religion as a set of beliefs. It was in the 19th century that the terms "Buddhism", "Hinduism", "Taoism", and "Confucianism" first emerged. Throughout its long history, Japan had no concept of "religion" since there was no corresponding Japanese word, nor anything close to its meaning, but when American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853 and forced the Japanese government to sign treaties demanding, among other things, freedom of religion, the country had to contend with this Western idea.
According to the philologist Max Müller in the 19th century, the root of the English word "religion", the Latin religio, was originally used to mean only "reverence for God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things, piety" (which Cicero further derived to mean "diligence"). Max Müller characterized many other cultures around the world, including Egypt, Persia, and India, as having a similar power structure at this point in history. What is called ancient religion today, they would have only called "law".
Many languages have words that can be translated as "religion", but they may use them in a very different way, and some have no word for religion at all. For example, the Sanskrit word dharma, sometimes translated as "religion", also means law. Throughout classical South Asia, the study of law consisted of concepts such as penance through piety and ceremonial as well as practical traditions. Medieval Japan at first had a similar union between "imperial law" and universal or "Buddha law", but these later became independent sources of power.
There is no precise equivalent of "religion" in Hebrew, and Judaism does not distinguish clearly between religious, national, racial, or ethnic identities. One of its central concepts is "halakha", meaning the "walk" or "path" sometimes translated as "law", which guides religious practice and belief and many aspects of daily life. The use of other terms, such as obedience to God or Islam are likewise grounded in particular histories and vocabularies.
There are numerous definitions of religion and only a few are stated here. The typical dictionary definition of religion refers to a "belief in, or the worship of, a god or gods" or the "service and worship of God or the supernatural".However, writers and scholars have expanded upon the "belief in god" definitions as insufficient to capture the diversity of religious thought and experience.
Peter Mandaville and Paul James define religion as "a relatively-bounded system of beliefs, symbols and practices that addresses the nature of existence, and in which communion with others and Otherness is lived as if it both takes in and spiritually transcends socially-grounded ontologies of time, space, embodiment and knowing". This definition is intended, they write, to get away from the modernist dualisms or dichotomous understandings of immanence/transcendence, spirituality/materialism, and sacredness/secularity.
Edward Burnett Tylor defined religion as "the belief in spiritual beings". He argued, back in 1871, that narrowing the definition to mean the belief in a supreme deity or judgment after death or idolatry and so on, would exclude many peoples from the category of religious, and thus "has the fault of identifying religion rather with particular developments than with the deeper motive which underlies them". He also argued that the belief in spiritual beings exists in all known societies.
The anthropologist Clifford Geertz defined religion as a "system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic." Alluding perhaps to Tylor's "deeper motive", Geertz remarked that "we have very little idea of how, in empirical terms, this particular miracle is accomplished. We just know that it is done, annually, weekly, daily, for some people almost hourly; and we have an enormous ethnographic literature to demonstrate it". The theologian Antoine Vergote also emphasized the "cultural reality" of religion, which he defined as "the entirety of the linguistic expressions, emotions and, actions and signs that refer to a supernatural being or supernatural beings"; he took the term "supernatural" simply to mean whatever transcends the powers of nature or human agency.
The sociologist Durkheim, in his seminal book The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, defined religion as a "unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things". By sacred things he meant things "set apart and forbidden—beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community called a Church, all those who adhere to them". Sacred things are not, however, limited to gods or spirits. On the contrary, a sacred thing can be "a rock, a tree, a spring, a pebble, a piece of wood, a house, in a word, anything can be sacred". Religious beliefs, myths, dogmas and legends are the representations that express the nature of these sacred things, and the virtues and powers which are attributed to them.
In his book The Varieties of Religious Experience, the psychologist William James defined religion as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine". By the term "divine" James meant "any object that is godlike, whether it be a concrete deity or not" to which the individual feels impelled to respond with solemnity and gravity.
Echoes of James' and Durkheim's definitions are to be found in the writings of, for example, Frederick Ferré who defined religion as "one's way of valuing most comprehensively and intensively". Similarly, for the theologian Paul Tillich, faith is "the state of being ultimately concerned", which "is itself religion. Religion is the substance, the ground, and the depth of man's spiritual life." Friedrich Schleiermacher in the late 18th century defined religion as das schlechthinnige Abhängigkeitsgefühl, commonly translated as "a feeling of absolute dependence". His contemporary Hegel disagreed thoroughly, defining religion as "the Divine Spirit becoming conscious of Himself through the finite spirit."
When religion is seen in terms of "sacred", "divine", intensive "valuing", or "ultimate concern", then it is possible to understand why scientific findings and philosophical criticisms (e.g. Richard Dawkins) do not necessarily disturb its adherents.
An increasing number of scholars have expressed reservations about ever defining the "essence" of religion. They observe that the way we use the concept today is a particularly modern construct that would not have been understood through much of history and in many cultures outside the West (or even in the West until after the Peace of Westphalia).
Theories of Religion Origins and development: The Yazılıkaya sanctuary in Turkey, with the twelve gods of the underworld The origin of religion is uncertain. There are a number of theories regarding the subsequent origins of religious practices.
According to anthropologists John Monaghan and Peter Just, "Many of the great world religions appear to have begun as revitalization movements of some sort, as the vision of a charismatic prophet fires the imaginations of people seeking a more comprehensive answer to their problems than they feel is provided by everyday beliefs. Charismatic individuals have emerged at many times and places in the world. It seems that the key to long-term success – and many movements come and go with little long-term effect – has relatively little to do with the prophets, who appear with surprising regularity, but more to do with the development of a group of supporters who are able to institutionalize the movement."
The development of religion has taken different forms in different cultures. Some religions place an emphasis on belief, while others emphasize practice. Some religions focus on the subjective experience of the religious individual, while others consider the activities of the religious community to be most important. Some religions claim to be universal, believing their laws and cosmology to be binding for everyone, while others are intended to be practiced only by a closely defined or localized group. In many places religion has been associated with public institutions such as education, hospitals, the family, government, and political hierarchies.
Anthropologists John Monoghan and Peter Just state that, "it seems apparent that one thing religion or belief helps us do is deal with problems of human life that are significant, persistent, and intolerable. One important way in which religious beliefs accomplish this is by providing a set of ideas about how and why the world is put together that allows people to accommodate anxieties and deal with misfortune."
BEHAVIOUR REVOLUTION IS AGAINST ALL RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS ON BEHAVIOUR THAT HUMILIATES THE BRIDE.
SO WHAT IS RELIGION ? ? ?
THIS IS THE BEHAVIOUR OF SOME RELIGIOUS PEOPLE:
<<< THIS SEEMS TO HAPPEN FOR SOME JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME E.G. WHILST IN JAIL OR JUST GOING INTO JAIL . . .
I think it is pretty plain to see that Behaviour Revolution is totally against what religion does to mankind. The BEHAVIOUR of religion is described in numerous places in Scripture as an abomination (something disgusting).
Obviously man before Yahuah with religion is a disgusting sight. We are given instruction as to what is the best behaviour to perform before Yahusha in His presence on His earth and it is written in 1Cor 13 (and it's all about "LOVE.") Verse 8 tells us, "Love never fails.And wether there be prophecies,they shall be inactive; or tongues,they shall cease; or knowledge it shall be inactive".1 Cor 13:8
This Scripture is telling us that these things above which religion prizes so much are actually redundant in the presence of love. I like the way the BYNV says in verse 13, "And now BELIEF,EXPECTATION,and LOVE remain these 3, but the greatest of these is LOVE".
This LOVE that Paul is talking about has to be a proven and tested LOVE. Such as the love Stephen expressed when religion stoned him to death, not the religious crap that is expressed and confessed over facebook. Love needs to be learn't and practised. It is called endurance or suffering and must be accomplished through experience to be called REAL LOVE. This is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what religion calls love.
Brothers if you are caught up in "NOT WHAT" Yahusha calls LOVE best think about transition because our LOVE needs to past His test.
RELIGION DOES NOT HAVE THE KEY TO THE NARROW GATE!!
MAN'S RELIGION IS DESCRIBED AS A WHORE IN SCRIPTURE AND WE ARE TOLD SHE SITS ON A BEAST AS A MONARCH AND COVORTS HERSELF DAILY BEFORE OUR FACES THROUGH HER BEAST, WHICH CONTROLS EVERY PERSON ON EARTH!
The BEHAVIOUR of this identity thief is hypocrisy from the highest order. She lords confusion and ridicule over her subjects all at once, calling her hatred for them "The Love of the Saviour." Yes brothers and sisters we are unawarely deceived in complete subjection to her sovereignty. This witch and her daughters are responsible for every abomination on the face of this earth and have always been throughout the ages.
It is a really good idea to keep this understanding in mind as we travel towards the most amazing time this world has ever known through technology and speed. These weapons are highly seductive, intoxicating and addictive, so we must be sober as to their lure. Remembering the whore as the greatest and most beautiful temptress whose bed has claimed many a life for hell.
Religion and what it's world can offer an individual is amazingly beautiful, uplifting and powerful while she allows you to partake, but like the poison of the snake once injected, it destroys your inner being and life.
AFTER GOING THROUGH ALL THIS - WHAT IS RELIGION TO YOU ??
By Chris Hilton . . .