So if a man be weighed by his actions, and if a man's religious beliefs drive his actions, then his actions provide a measure of the worth of his beliefs.
Not really, since humans are flawed and prone to doing things that even they don't believe are wrong or healthy. Even atheists will act against their personal moral code. Does it mean their moral code is worthless? No.
To say the value of a system is judged by how well people stick to it would mean that the food guide is worthless.
So much "religion," so little "charity."
A wiser man than I said (and I paraphrase), "You can tell an apple by its taste, a flower by its scent, and a religious man (Eg. Christian) by what he does."
So, the beliefs of Christians, Moslems, Jews, and others are not to be judged by their deeds!
"Indeed Spade, that is the only way to judge a religion. Forget what it says in their Holy Book (Bible, Koran etc.), see what they do in practice. Whether it be Crusades, Inquisition, persecution of scientists in the Dark Ages, Witch burning, killing of non Muslims, stoning women to death, 9/11 attack and so on."
True! Judge a religion by what its oppponents spout.
Definition of religion? Give me your money so you can feel good
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What is your definition of religion and belief?
Belief is corrupted ( why do we believe in anything ), because behind belief and idealistic morality lurks the `me', the self - the self which is constantly growing bigger, more powerful. We think that belief in God is religion. We consider that to believe is to be religious. If you do not believe, you will be regarded as an atheist and condemned by society. One society condemns those who do not believe in God, and another society condemns those who do. They are both the same.
So religion becomes a matter of belief, and belief acts as a limitation on the mind; and the mind then is never free. But it is only in freedom that you can find out what is true, what is God, not through any belief; because your belief projects what you think God ought to be, what you think ought to be true. If you believe God is love, God is good, God is this or that, your very belief prevents you from understanding what is God, what is true. But, you see, you want to forget yourself in a belief; you want to sacrifice yourself; you want to emulate another, to abandon this constant struggle that is going on within you and pursue virtue.
Your life is a constant struggle in which there is sorrow, suffering, ambition, transient pleasure, happiness that comes and goes, so the mind...
Religion provides a structure to life, a sense of belonging to a community.
A community the size of Toronto, or the world, is not a relevant community for relationship purposes. It's too big.
I am Jewish. The religion provides a structure for the calendar year, ways to handle "life cycle" events such as births, deaths, marriage, etc. It provides a way to atone for sins and a way for people to get "second chances" in life when they've made mistakes.
Overall, it is comforting. Does G-d exist? I think so but I can't prove it. Nor is it necessary to validate religion.