Friday, October 21, 2016

How does religion influence how a culture develops?

Religion influences culture in many ways.  People of different cultures have a set of beliefs that influence their daily lives and how they act.  For example, muslims pray five times a day in the direction of Mecca, the most sacred place on earth to them.  The women of Islam must dress in cloaks that cover their whole bodies and hair.  Also, in the fall, they have Ramadan where they must fast for their religion.  If someone were to convert to Islam, it would really change their life because of all the things they have to do or sacrifice. 

 Religion is like a way of life.  Many people take their religion very seriously, so their lives and cultures are majorly affected by their religion.  For example, serious Christians read their Bibles daily, get baptized to express their faith to their peers, and attend church every Sunday.  They also pray multiple times a day.  The Bible states that Christians are supposed to love and help each other always. Many Christians try to be kind and help people in need.  What someone believes in will help them to make choices that shape their daily lives.  

Whether people realize it or not, religion makes up a huge part of someone's life.  If affects the way people look at life, communicate with others, spend their time, and how they act.  Religion unifies and separates people based on what they believe in.  For example, Christians and Muslims don't get along that well because of differences in beliefs.  Disagreements and fights have occurred because of them not getting along.  Many people wish that all religions could coexist and live peacefully with each other, and we are working together towards coexisting with each other. 
Lauren Rayne