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Main Entry: re·li·gion
Etymology: Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at rely
Date: 13th century
1 a : the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion> b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3 archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
4 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
- Main Entry: su·per·sti·tion
- Pronunciation: \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\
- Function: noun
- Etymology: Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand — more at stand (external - login to view)
- Date: 13th century
2 : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary
Further, trying to escape one's conditioning is the best way to deceive one's self, though many people are conditioned to believe otherwise
For myself, I spent many years looking at my conditioning and changing it.
Religion is very much a part of most people's social conditioning or put another way, it is part of their programing. Programs can be undone or re-written. It is not something that we are stuck with. For myself, I spent many years looking at my conditioning and changing it. Unless you become intimately aware of that programing you won't be able to recognize what it is you need to change. To me, our programing is a set of handicaps that we need to overcome in order to become self aware.
Another definition of religion.
By Tolek Rojek .
Religion easily has the best bull**** story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs your money.
Life is GRAND
What I mean regarding going beyond words is the understanding what is written non-verbally. Therefore, rather than simply going through what is written verbally (which means only understanding the meaning of the words), you should try to look at what is being said, which means have a direct perception of it. There is a difference between the two. Verbal comprehension, merely understanding the meaning of words and arriving at a logical conclusion thereby, which is intellectual comprehension, is very limited.